Life is a camping trip – Fort Bragg Advocate-News
After a career as both a National and California State Park Ranger, first-time author Rosanne McHenry shares stories from her childhood camping trips and how they inspired her to write her book, “Trip Tales: From Family Camping to Life as a Ranger “.
McHenry was born in San Francisco and became a Park Ranger after volunteering at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area while attending San Francisco State University. “I volunteered every weekend, giving guided walks and lectures on the natural history of the area,” she says, “and then after six months they invited me to join their staff, and the next thing I knew, I was a National Ranger. “
At this time, McHreny was working in the Marin Headlands, performing cliff rescues and naturalist duties, and educating the public about nearby beaches, marshes and the environment. She would later spend a few summers at Mount Rainier National Park in Washinton State, working in a glacial mountain environment.
In 1976, McHenry married her husband in Mendocino and became California State Park Ranger after having her first child. “We got involved a lot in the Mendocino Coast,” she says, “MacKerricher, Russian Gulch, Van Damme State Parks, we lived on the coast and we also lived in Hendy Woods for about a year and a half. “
McHenry filled the book with stories of her childhood camping trips and her time as a park warden, such as when she ran away from her father or when he brought a picnic table to the beach. There is even a story about the time she fell on her butt in front of a group of Boy Scouts while hiking in Mount Rainier National Park. “The good thing about this book is that you can pick it up and put it down. It’s an always fun and engaging collection of stories, and yet it sends important messages about the importance of the outdoors and protecting our planet, ”she said.
McHenry says the role of a ranger is to help park visitors understand the importance of our national and state parks. “I wrote these stories because I want people to understand how important it is to get out, appreciate the beauty of nature and know that this is our home, our unique world and that these parks belong. to all of us. “
“Trip Tales” is the first in a three-part series, and McHenry says the second book will focus on his days at work as a California State Park Ranger filled with stories of his travels with his own family when his children were small. The third book will focus on his time as a naturalist ranger in Death Valley Park, living in a small camper van while raising awareness among park visitors.
“Trip Tales: From Family Camping to Life as a Ranger” is available at the Gallery bookstore in Mendocino or online at Amazon as a paperback or Kindle e-book. To learn more about McHenry and his future adventures, visit his website at triptalesbooks.com.