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For twelve years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks on the earth, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a couple of too many rattlesnakes.
Hell yeah, it was once the most efficient job on the earth! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.
In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ atypical careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to take care of their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed at the same time as holding that thin green line between protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and the people from each other. Ranger Confidential is the story at the back of the scenery of the nation’s crown jewels—Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smokies, Denali. In these iconic landscapes, where nature and humanity constantly collide, scenery will also be as cruel as it is redemptive.
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