Next week, I'm starting a new job that took me a loooong stretch of Reinventing Self to attain. I'm going to be a Ranger in the National Park Service.
Along the way, I've discovered that many folks (besides our family) "collect" National Park passport stamps
and their kids earn Junior Ranger patches:
whenever they visit a national park.
Whoa, even in my career choice there's a collecting component. eek. As for the Park Passports, there are more than 390 American National Park units (including Parks, Historical Parks, Monuments, Historic Sites, Battlefields, Seashores, and so on) with at least 600 stamps available nationwide. You can get the NP Passport Stamps at no cost at visitor centers and ranger stations. The stamps are usually found at the desk in the visitor centers; you may have to ask in the case of ranger stations, when they might be tucked away. The stamps always include today's date, and serve as a record of each park visit. This is when we started:
Anyway, I'm not one of those modern citizens who seems not to like or trust our government; in fact, quite the opposite. So I hope to do the NPS proud. This summer, I'll be taking classes and more training (including cool skills such as Swift Water Rescue) as well as starting the new job so the summer months may be on the busy side. However, since Dinged Corners is a sanity outlet, I intend to continue flying my Card Freak Flag proudly.
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