Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A Year in the Service
It was one year ago today that I started as a park ranger at Wind Cave National Park. It seems like much longer ago than that! What a year this has been! As I approach my 27th birthday and Memorial Day I thought it might be appropriate to recount a few of the things that have changed for me in this last year.
A year ago I was just beginning the adventure of working for the parks service having quit my job and picked up and moved from California to South Dakota for a three month seasonal position. I ended up working at Wind Cave for more than 5 1/2 months and now find myself working on the National Mall in Washington DC. I definitely did not see that one coming! And since being here in DC I have continued to expand the breadth of what I am doing. I gave another exciting MLK talk at Lincoln on Sunday, gave a talk at Jefferson incorporating things I learned visiting at Monticello yesterday, and also got to go out on bike patrol for part of yesterday for the first time. I rode the entirety of the park and got paid to do it!
I have been blessed with the opportunity to see much of the country in the last year. I have seen 29 of the 50 states (36 if you include all of 2009).
I have also had the pleasure of visiting a fair number of National Park sites. I can think of 42 off the top of my head. (again you can add 6-8 more if you count all of 2009)
Brown vs. The Board of Education
Spotslylvania Court House
Prince William Forest Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Theodore Roosevelt Island
The National Mall (could count each site separately)
Rock Creek Park
Great Falls Virginia
C & O Canal
So all that is to say that I have had the pleasure of doing much during this last year and I believe that I am exactly where I should be, following God and working for His kingdom in the midst of the National Mall.
Living in dangerous wonder...