Odes to the National Park Rangers Who Wear the Grey and Green
What would a national park be without a national park ranger? Who would we ask for directions to the restroom, or question whether the bear we see is a black or a brown?
When you're wondering how many miles down the trail you'll find your campsite, who would you ask if there were no park rangers? If you've wandered off the trail and became lost in the woods, who would rescue you if not a park ranger? Who would lead us on a hike if there were no park rangers?
While much of the attention focused on park rangers too often focuses on the leadership of the National Park Service in Washington, there is an elite corps out across the National Park System that, budget cuts notwithstanding, is ready to answer your questions, treat your wounds, bring you back to civilization, and, of course, spin a good yarn around the campfire at night.
With that understanding, here are two wonderful videos that pay tribute to the rangers of our National Park System. (Be sure to have your volume turned on!)