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)

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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

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

Where’s Mariana Moving Next? What I’ve Been Up To

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Never in my life have I gone so long without a plan. Continue reading “Where’s Mariana Moving Next? What I’ve Been Up To”

Seasonal Slideshow & What’s Next

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Well single reader, another season is over here at beautiful Mesa Verde National Park. Continue reading “Seasonal Slideshow & What’s Next”

Balcony House by Moonlight

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Of course the entire interpretive staff at Mesa Verde National Park was thrilled to be called back to work on October 17th – but maybe even a little more excited than we may have been otherwise. Continue reading “Balcony House by Moonlight”

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.

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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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Furloughed

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Day 5 of the government shutdown started just the same as the other 4: absolutely, 100% beautiful. Continue reading “Furloughed”

Thank You Mr. Chipmunk (Lessons Learned from Wrecking My Car)

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I’m still not exactly sure how it happened. Continue reading “Thank You Mr. Chipmunk (Lessons Learned from Wrecking My Car)”

Some Friendly Advice on Keeping Your Neighborhood Park Ranger Happy in the Tired Month of August

These guys did it all right - and you can too!
These guys did it all right – and you can too!

Ugh.

That’s what I think of when I consider the month of August. Continue reading “Some Friendly Advice on Keeping Your Neighborhood Park Ranger Happy in the Tired Month of August”