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Well actually I am now officially retired.  But rather than sit around I have a new gig.  I am now a volunteer backcountry ranger in ONP.  Duties include trail maintenance, "education" for park visitors, and just keeping an eye on the place.  In case of fire or SAR, I could also be involved.  I have already done three weeks in the backcountry and a week of training. I love love LOVE it ... well so far. I am based about 17 miles from the trailhead, so it takes a full day to get in and another full day to get out.  I have a cabin but also travel and use my tent and other gear just like backpacking.  

I cannot share with you my exact location as I don't want to advertise where I am.  Here is a photo.  If you recognize this place, please do not name it or tell others.

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Wow...  very cool...  I just got out of bed and am not awake so I can not place "ONP"...
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Excellent! Party at Rumi's! (If you can find it.)

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Wow...  very cool...  I just got out of bed and am not awake so I can not place "ONP"...

Olympic NP, far NW Washington State, is where I am.  Trailhead is coincidently just 17 miles from my from door.  *bigseventeenmilegrins*

Here is a photo of part of the interior of the cabin.  I have to haul water from a nearby stream, but that is OK.  As you can see by the photo, I have both a wood stove and a Coleman liquid gas stove to cook on.  I may also suppliment with a wood "rocket" stove to just heat water for dishes and bathing.  That will be so I don't have to use up fuel or burn lots of wood in the wood stove.  Anyway ...

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Very VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dude!  Got a pic of yourself in your new uniform?  Congrats!!

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Excellent! Party at Rumi's! (If you can find it.)

Any time you want to come visit, dd, let me know and I will reveal the location to you.  CAVEAT: This is temperate rainforest, not desert.  

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Congratulations!!  I can't think of a more deserving person.  Can you do conjugal visits on the weekends, or do you have to go home for those?  17 miles in from the trailhead.  Hmm.  I think I know that place.  Took me 2 days to hike in to it, if it is where I am thinking about.  

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Wow...  very cool...  I just got out of bed and am not awake so I can not place "ONP"...

Olympic NP, far NW Washington State, is where I am.  Trailhead is coincidently just 17 miles from my from door.  *bigseventeenmilegrins*

Here is a photo of part of the interior of the cabin.  I have to haul water from a nearby stream, but that is OK.  As you can see by the photo, I have both a wood stove and a Coleman liquid gas stove to cook on.  I may also suppliment with a wood "rocket" stove to just heat water for dishes and bathing.  That will be so I don't have to use up fuel or burn lots of wood in the wood stove.  Anyway ...

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Oh for gods sake!  Of course Olympic...   I should never think after getting up until I've had some caffeine.
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Very nice RRD (RangerRumiDude) … I always wanted to be a Ranger when I grow up.
“Educating” the park visitors may be a bit of a pain from time to time … did they give you a gun ?  It increases student attention span.

And, I’m confused about the toilet sign in the photo of the cabin interior  … so you straddle the Coleman stove and pee out the window ?

All joking aside, congrats, looks like good ‘duty’.


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Can you do conjugal visits on the weekends, or do you have to go home for those?  17 miles in from the trailhead.  Hmm.   

Of course!  17 miles is not too far to travel for sex.  *bigconjugalgrins*

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My last stint, I logged just slightly over 100 miles of hiking.  I brushed a lot of trail as well.

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Well, now - CONGRATS! I can't think of a better way to spend retirement. Living in a cabin, in the woods, helping other hikers as needed.

Way to go, Rumi!


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“Educating” the park visitors may be a bit of a pain from time to time … did they give you a gun ?  It increases student attention span.

No gun, but I do have a radio and official NP jacket, hat, and shirt.  I am also armed with a big smile and positive attitude. ONP is a mellow sort of place and so luckily very few jerks come there.  I just try to help everyone comply with the regs.  If they don't comply I just write it up.  If it is a big violation, I radio the LEs.

They have extra signs nailed up in all the cabins. It's tradition.

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Looks like fun and a bit of work. Or vice versa.

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I was gonna ask if ya got to pack heat but somebody beat me to it.

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Ooh, ooh!  I think I know where that is!  I was there a decade ago, but it came to me. :)  Big wet woods, just off the river, spectacular valley.

Very cool.  Awesome, in fact.

I would like to make it a point to visit, someday.


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ONP is calling my name ... just a few more days!

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Ooh, ooh!  I think I know where that is!  I was there a decade ago, but it came to me. :)  Big wet woods, just off the river, spectacular valley.

Very cool.  Awesome, in fact.

I would like to make it a point to visit, someday.

Lol... I just realized I'm completely wrong.  I was thinking of a backcountry emergency shelter, not a ranger cabin.  So it's still a mystery to me exactly where that is.  Which makes it all the cooler, actually.  :cool:

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Ooh, ooh!  I think I know where that is!  I was there a decade ago, but it came to me. :)  Big wet woods, just off the river, spectacular valley.

Very cool.  Awesome, in fact.

I would like to make it a point to visit, someday.

Lol... I just realized I'm completely wrong.  I was thinking of a backcountry emergency shelter, not a ranger cabin.  So it's still a mystery to me exactly where that is.  Which makes it all the cooler, actually.  :cool:

Yea, but yer welcome just the same, you and your family.  Always welcome where ever I am.

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That is AWESOME dude !

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Fantastic.  I'd love to do that.  How does one snare a job like that?

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Awesome! Congrats on living the dream. It must be nice to be somewhere where most people can't find you!

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Good for you and great for the park! Couldn't happen to a nicer dude.

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Congratulations Ranger Rumi !

I'm truly thrilled for you and can't imagine anyone being better suited to the job. They got a good man.


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Yea, but yer welcome just the same, you and your family.  Always welcome where ever I am.

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:) :)   That's one of the nicest offers I've gotten in a long long time.  Thank you.  We just may take you up on that.


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Purely awesome.  I can see a contest, wherein the first one there who doesn't already know where it is wins a prize.  You know, something like 10 hours of trail maintenance, or cleaning the cabin while you're in town picking up supplies.   Or, better yet, send the winner to town for supplies while you stay there.  :D
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Fantastic.  I'd love to do that.  How does one snare a job like that?

The sad fact is our NPs are severely underfunded.  Without volunteers, most of our NPs would have to close or cut back to a much smaller operation. ONP is no exception. There is a great need for volunteers of all stripes.

I met some volunteers several years ago who encouraged me to do the same. Finally being able, I took the plunge. Through the connections I have made over the years I was able to get placed in the area I wished to be.

I have done a lot of volunteer trail work through the WTA, so in a way this is just another step for me.  Get involved with an org or through the government agencies where and how you wish. There are most likly some USFS volunteer positions open as well.  It helps to have someone on the inside to help guide you through to where you want to be. Make friends with the people in green.

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