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July 4, 2002  (Lake City, Colorado) -- Life as a Ranger (Part 2)

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Here's the conclusion of the photo essay on my Life as a Ranger in the Colorado Rockies from 1983 - 1988:

 

O.K., I promise this is my last John Denver song.  Here's I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado

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Above left:  One of the best parts of my job was poking around in the high country and discovering well-preserved gems like this, the 100-year old Buffalo Boy mine near Silverton. 

Above center:  July wildflowers in American Basin -- another perk.

Above right:  That's my boss, Arden Anderson, on the left, with a fellow ranger, T.J., enjoying a vista in the Powderhorn Wilderness Area.

 

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Above left:  Taking a break one weekend -- camping with Julie down in Utah...

Above center:  ...then back to work, putting up the Cinnamon Pass sign at 12,600 feet. 

Above right:  One of my crew, Renea, by an old cabin perched high in the mountains.

 

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Above left:  Ranger Del with his trusty bag of Doritos on top of Sunshine Peak.  At 14,001 feet, Sunshine is the lowest "14er" in America.  I could've pushed away a few rocks to make it a "13er."

Above center:  Abandoned house in the ghost town of Animas Forks.  Back in the 1880s, this town, at an elevation of 11,800 feet, had the highest printing press ever to operate in the U.S.

Above right:  Hiking above timberline with my friend, Susie.

 

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Above left:  The 1987 crew in Lake City.  That's me, Laurie, Todd, and the "Blues Brothers," Stuart and Bob.

Above center:  Ranger Laurie Dabrowski working on the Engineer Pass sign at 12,800 feet.  At this elevation, the views are literally "breathtaking."

Above right:  Laurie and I remained friends for several years afterwards.  Here she is a few years later in the Mojave Desert of California.

 

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Above left:  This was home during my three years in Lake City.  The BLM provides nothing but the best in accommodations (yeah, right!).

Above center:  Proudly perched atop my favorite outhouse...

Above right:  ... and attacking it with a power sander.  Note my red "tan."

 

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Above left:  Lake San Cristobal, one of the largest lakes in Colorado... and by far the prettiest.

Above center:  Getting firefighter training during my final season.

Above right:  That's me on the left before heading into the "I Do" Fire in northwestern Colorado (at that time, the largest fire in Colorado history). Note the smoke in the background.  Fighting fires was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done.

 

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Above left:  Each September, the aspens near Lake City turn a brilliant yellow.

Above center:  It's late September now, and winter's on the way.

Above right:  Caught in an October snowstorm at 12,000'.  Time to wrap up another season.

 

 

 

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