Dave and Cindy fulltime in a truck camper. (The Albino Rhino) travel blog

You haven't lived, until a Buddhist monk hands you a $100 bill,...

Can you think of a more suitable place to worship God?

Summertime means "busy time" at the Grand Canyon, but the shuttles keep...

This is Leo, our new friend from Germany. HIs car broke down...

You never know who might walk into the store. These guys didn't...

Think they drove in straight from Vegas? I wonder if they wore...

National Park fangirls.

Around May, the Elk start calving, and the little tykes are everywhere!

 

Cindy on her days off.

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One of two bulls that regularly strolled through our residential area.

 

 

At any National Park, you're likely to get humorous comments like this

Swearing in Junior Rangers is a fun part of the job.

Weddings sometimes take place at the canyon... this one at Grandeur Point.

Nobody told her it was a half-mile walk down the rim trail,...

When you live at the Grand Canyon, your living on THEIR "land",...

A lawn ornament you can't find at the dept store.

A female comes to see what Cindy's cookin'.

 

These girls are the "Gilberts", lol. They were a riot... a cute...

This Huntsman spider made the Geology Museum it's home.

He was kind of camera shy. I thought it was cool, but...

"Has anyone seen my son?"

She probably never left the seat, but she was dressed for adventure.

Yeah, that's drool. Must've been a long day, lol.

Another satisfied visitor!

The best way to visit the canyon, by far.

Not all Junior Rangers are "Junior", as this fun group of Australians...

You can always count on seeing some sort of wildlife, like the...

"I SAID NO PICTURES!"

"This IS my happy face".

Any of you have Hopi indians show up at your place of...

His wife told me he really enjoys doing exhibitions at the Hopi...

Summer monsoon season brings with it some great stormy scenery.

 

 

Saw this guy while on a grocery trip to Flagstaff. Not sure...

Another type of "furry friend" at the park... its den is just...

One of the smaller residents, discovered while cleaning windows at the Yavapai...

 

These guys know how to enjoy an evening at the Grand Canyon!

A pair of birds watching hikers from the safety of a tree,...

 

 

Finally... A California Condor comes to visit!

 

She lands on the cliff nearby, to "taste" a pink hat that's...

The Condors in the park are tagged, so they can be identified,...

This one's an 8-year-old female, from the Los Angeles Zoo.


In a past entry, I talked about the crazy stuff people do at the canyon rim… today, I offer a bit of the lighter side. What follows is a collection of photos depicting daily life at Grand Canyon National Park, (and many national parks, I suspect). Park guests that put a smile on your face, unexpected visits from “the locals”, and a few of our favorite kinds of kids just to name a few.

A national park like the Grand Canyon, is an interesting place, because like Vegas, or Disney World, it attracts people from all over the world. It kind of reminds me of the space station on the TV series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”… Strange creatures, and a wide variety of “beings” with different customs and attitudes from all over, coming together in one small place. You never know what language the next guest is going speak, or when you’ll be directing someone to the bathroom, using only body language and hand signals.

As an example: One of the more comical encounters we get from guests as it relates to another culture, is Hindus from India wanting to walk to the “Shiva Temple” thinking it’s an actual temple. (As opposed to a rock formation that’s almost impossible to reach on foot. Clarence Dutton, a student of world religions, named many formations in the canyon after deities.) When a woman once asked me how to get there, I smiled and politely stated she couldn’t get to it. She replied, “Why not… is it not open?”

A long-term stay at any national park is a unique experience, as it affords you the time to see more of the park than just the “highlights”. Working at a national park, however, is completely immersive… In four to six months both in the field, and behind the counter… you see, learn, and experience many things most people never even imagine, much less see or do.

Every day you spend at a given location, increases your odds of seeing something amazing; a hiking trail not on the park maps, a close encounter with wildlife, a beautiful weather event, a dark clear night filled with stars, an unexpected visit from an unusual park guest, a guided tour behind the scenes, and of course… the occasional tourist who does something crazy or ignorant, because they just left their common sense at home.

Living and working at a national park, the wildlife lives outside your door, the unexpected is common, and amazing sunsets are a nightly event. It's enough to make us forget that we haven't got TV reception, shopping nearby, or high-speed internet, LOL




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