Once upon a time, I wore the green & grey uniform of a US National Park Service Ranger.
When I left the Park Service, I had to relinquish my 2 official NPS Ranger badges.
However, I earned this Junior Ranger badge fair & square, so it’s mine for keeps:
And, I still have my National Park Service “Smokey Bear” flat hat:
When Andy & I left Denali National Park, we were given a joint Arrowhead plaque:
Additionally, I received a Star Award recognizing my “professionalism, dedication and hard work on behalf of Denali National Park“:
The NPS uniform, although simple, is actually quite amazing. It lends authority and credibility, transforming even the scruffiest group of young hippies:
In the end, my time in Denali National Park transformed me as well.
No matter what I do, I’ll always consider myself an NPS Park Ranger on the inside.