Where I’m From

Recently I celebrated my one year Melbourne-versary – that is, the anniversary of my arrival in Melbourne one year ago. I came into this adventure hopeful, but unsure as to how I would cope living so far from home, and how I would do with this giant unknown. Over the last year however, Melbourne has completely won me over with her special southern charms. I’m all settled into life down under these days. Continue reading “Where I’m From”

The Great Penguin Incident of Christmas 2015 (or How to Be a Good Steward)


It was Christmas Day in Sumner, New Zealand, where I was spending the holidays with Tom and his family. Continue reading “The Great Penguin Incident of Christmas 2015 (or How to Be a Good Steward)”

You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks


Yes, you read that right. Continue reading “You Don’t Deserve Your National Parks”

Trespass and vandalism: civil disobedience, or misplaced frustration?

As I contemplated my keyboard this morning, wanting to write about some recent frustrations, I noticed a new email in my inbox and found my good friend and fellow ranger had already beat me to it. Knowing I could never improve on her eloquent writing and persuasive grace, I thought I’d share her post here. Please pass along her observations with whomever you can. I find them to be very important.

Ranger Kathryn's Arches

Things are quickly going from “okay” to “not okay” in our parks, and it isn’t because of the animals. My friend/colleague in California offers a ranger’s-eye view —

Meanwhile in Death Valley National Park, the tally so far stands at:

– 6 padlocks cut
– 7 closure signs removed
– 3 locks picked
– 2 deadbolts vandalized beyond repair
– 2 piles of poo outside locked restrooms
– 2 big-ass boulders moved aside for a vehicle to drive off-road around a locked gate
– And an unaccountable number of traffic cones and sandwich boards tossed aside or run over by a vehicle

Thank you for vandalizing! Please come again!

Multiply this by more than 400 park units. People intent on getting into a forbidden place rarely stop to consider the consequences of their actions. I fully understand the public’s anger at being locked out of public lands, and their ideological…

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Saying Goodbye to Canyonlands

The view from 313, the road to the Island in the Sky

Well, I’m all moved in here at beautiful Mesa Verde National Park, but before I delve into the stories of my third season here, I wanted to write about a recent trip Austin and I made a few weekends ago. Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to Canyonlands”

Back to Work!

In honor of my return to Mesa Verde TOMORROW, I thought I’d share this funny gem…

My Top 12 Photos of 2012

What a year!

It started above 10,000 feet in the mountains near Leadville, CO – moved to the snowy red rock deserts of Utah – then up to the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde – home for a short but sweet visit to my native Florida – and is wrapping up beach-side in the gorgeous Dominican Republic. Side-trips to St. Louis and all over the American Southwest added even more adventures to this awesome life of mine. Continue reading “My Top 12 Photos of 2012”


I am very fortunate to have found myself an incredible group of supportive and loving friends out west. The following series of photos was taken previous to an 80s-themed party at Canyonlands this past summer (don’t judge our costumes, there are no Wal-Mart’s or shopping malls out here!). Every time I view them together I smile. I thought that I’d share them with you in the case they might make you smile too. I like to call the series Friends. Continue reading “Friends”