For twelve years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, 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 few too many rattlesnakes.
In this graphic and yet surprisingly funny account of her and others’ extraordinary careers, Lankford unveils a world in which park rangers struggle to maintain their idealism in the face of death, disillusionment, and the loss of a comrade killed while 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 behind 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 can be as cruel as it is redemptive.
- Andrea Lankford
A real eye opener
I took my time reading this book. Each chapter is a short story of its own. The author provides historical information on the parks she worked. Since there are not parks I am familiar with, I would look them up on the NPS website. The stories give a great insight into a Park Rangers duties along with battle they face of loving the great outdoors but fearing all that it encompasses. The impact visitors behaviors have the rangers also. Highly recommend.
Enjoyed it - nice look into what the life of a park ranger is really like. Not an easy job
Great Camping Read
Andrea Lankford is a phenomenal writer. The narratives are engaging and easy reads, taking the reader from avid page turning anxiety, to anger and frustration, laughter to the point of tears, to sorrowful sobbing. I devoured it in 2 days.