The learning never stops, the stories never end, and the lives in these mountains will live on forever.
About a week and a half ago I was finishing up the latter portion of my evening shift. With about half an hour left of a long and scorching hiking patrol, my reserve of “visitor pep” was just about exhausted. I was … Read more
The view of The Grand from Garnet Canyon.
While this summer has been an exciting source for professional growth, it also has been a wealth of new personal experiences. I have seen my first black bear, grizzly bear, elk, moose, bison, marmot, pika, fox, and many more in the home of the Tetons and I could not be more inspired … Read more
As the actual birthday for the National Park Service approaches, talk of centennial festivities and duties crowds the visitor centers here at Grand Teton National Park. Rangers in my district, Jenny Lake, have to develop our own centennial talks and present them at Signal Mountain, a popular destination for many visitors. Although Jenny Lake is averaging 3000+ visitors a day, … Read more
“What features would you give this animal so they could adapt to their environment better?”— a question in our Grand Teton National Park junior ranger workbook. It’s a question that always stuck out to me and I later included in a talk I do on the different habitats in the park. But it speaks much louder than just thick … Read more
Today marked my first four hour shift of “informal interpretation” at the Snake River Overlook. The Snake River Overlook is a popular turnout that provides a breathtaking view of the Teton range, glacial lakes, and ongoing Snake River. It brings to the forefront the uniqueness of these young mountains and the fascinating geological process of a stretching … Read more
First programs down, many more to go. The interpretive interns have officially started developing and presenting their educational programs to visitors. I’ll be done with my first try at all my topics by Sunday when I complete the guided hike to a place called Inspiration Point with 25 visitors following me. This is by far the most challenging part of … Read more
I have been a Grand Teton Naturalist Ranger for officially a week now. I have met people from all over the world, seen a Grizzly and her cub roam freely, initiated a 70 year old in as a “junior park ranger”, and helped an injured hiking group down a mountain–and it’s only been one week! All this new responsibility has … Read more
“No matter what uniform you wear, we are all equal, we are all family”. The superintendent of Grand Teton, David Vela, may hold an important position in the park, but it is clear that he does so because he commands so much more than his title. With a bellowing voice and poetic disposition, I sat in awe of his explanation … Read more
A tiny moment in time, a window of opportunity, a place to grow, and mountains to overcome. This is what crowds my hopes these days as I shuffle to the end of my college road. I’m told from nearly everyone around me that these are the years. That my opportunities are limitless and my potential, a whirlwind if I choose … Read more
I can’t believe that my internship is over. Once I left my site at Grand Teton National park, I really felt like a piece of me was left behind. I can’t even describe to people what Tetons has done to me. I feel like I have grown into a better person, I’m more patient to things, and most … Read more