What a phenomenal, quick read! I truly could not put it down. It might have been the fastest I’ve read a book in my adult years since I completed The Hunger Games trilogy (yes, all three) in less than a month my Sophomore year of college. I was reading for 10 minutes on the elliptical each morning while I warmed up for my workout. I was breaking it out during my prep period at school. And I was even allotting 10 minutes before bed to read a chapter. I’m telling you, if you love outdoor adventure and our National Parks, you will turn these pages faster than you can plan your next hike.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks by Andrea Lankford provides the real stories behind the beauty of America’s National Parks. This book really sheds some light on a job that so many outdoor enthusiasts claim to be their dream job. Park Rangers really dedicate their heart and soul to the parks they protect; after reading this book you’ll understand just how selfless a career this is.
In this publication, you’ll meet numerous rangers and park staff that Lankford works alongside. You will travel to some of the Nations most popular parks and learn about their landscape. I found myself continuously astounded at just what these park rangers need to do in order to earn their keep; you won’t be impressed with their keep either. It’s a truly unique look into the life of a Park Ranger and all of the bullsh*t they deal with on a daily basis.
how this book made me feel…
Ranger Confidential is a collection of stories and each chapter is one-of-a-kind. Some endings will leave you in tears – I physically wept onto the pages of this book – and others will leave you laughing or cheering for girl power in a male-dominated world. This book made me feel eternally grateful for the Park Rangers that protect the people and wild spaces of the places I love. I plan on thanking a ranger and other park staff members every time I encounter one since finishing Ranger Confidential. It’s also caused me to rethink some of my actions within the park’s boundaries. Knowing that one simple miscalculation or thoughtless action can result in an epic-ly ruined day for both myself and the park staff can really put things into perspective.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast who is looking to be hit in all the feels, Ranger Confidential is 100% the book for you. If you love our great nations National Parks, I suggest it even more. Some of these back country stories are absolutely insane; hearing the whole truth about them from a retired ranger is pretty epic!