Adventure to Chaco Canyon


If you haven’t heard of Chaco Canyon, you should look it up. I mean it. Right now. Continue reading “Adventure to Chaco Canyon”

Magic at Thunder Lake, Rocky Mountain NP


If you have been following this blog over the past few months, you might remember that my boyfriend Austin made a move from a job at the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park (just three easy hours from my position at Mesa Verde) to the front range of Colorado to work at Rocky Mountain National Park (now, eight hours away). Continue reading “Magic at Thunder Lake, Rocky Mountain NP”

It’s World Ranger Day!

International - 07-31-13 - WRD

The following article was posted this morning on Inside NPS, an information portal for National Park Service employees:

Today, July 31st, is World Ranger Day, a day set aside for paying tribute to the work that rangers perform around the world to protect the last vestiges of the earth’s natural and cultural heritage. Continue reading “It’s World Ranger Day!”

Fire, Fear, and Hope: Pt 2


Almost exactly a year ago today I sat at my kitchen table, contemplating wildfire, and needing to write. Continue reading “Fire, Fear, and Hope: Pt 2”

For Love

Fendler bloom“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” – Osho, Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher.

Thanks for the reminder Ranger Kaitlyn.

My First Negative Visitor Comment Card (Thank You for Your Sunshine)


Not including private notes, my first season at Mesa Verde I received eight positive visitor comments on an official comment form available at the front desk of most of Mesa Verde’s public buildings. Continue reading “My First Negative Visitor Comment Card (Thank You for Your Sunshine)”

When Oaxaca Meets Mesa Verde


Good news single reader – I have survived Memorial Day weekend and my first full week on the job here at Mesa Verde! Continue reading “When Oaxaca Meets Mesa Verde”

Back to Work!

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

Why I Love Colorado

Well single reader, after 10 months of consecutive work (the most I’ve worked in one year since graduating college!), I am home. My last day at Mesa Verde for the season was the tenth, I spent the eleventh packing and cleaning, the twelfth driving across the state of Colorado to visit with my brother in the front range, and the thirteenth on a plane to Florida. Yesterday I celebrated my 24th birthday. And today it’s finally starting to sink in that I am done. If I decide it’s what I want to do, I won’t have to work for six whole months. Continue reading “Why I Love Colorado”