Hey Ranger!

Overview

Amusing and informative, Hey Ranger! teaches as it entertains with tales of boat ramp misadventures, lost Afghani campers, encounters with wild animals, dumb crooks, and more. A chapter, "Tales from the Wild Side," brings together unusual incidents from NPS reports, and a concluding essay, "Don't Be a Victim of Your Vacation," advises visitors on how to avoid being a story on the evening news.

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Overview

Amusing and informative, Hey Ranger! teaches as it entertains with tales of boat ramp misadventures, lost Afghani campers, encounters with wild animals, dumb crooks, and more. A chapter, "Tales from the Wild Side," brings together unusual incidents from NPS reports, and a concluding essay, "Don't Be a Victim of Your Vacation," advises visitors on how to avoid being a story on the evening news.

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Editorial Reviews

Arrowhead Newsletter/National Park Service
Jim Burnett, retired national park ranger, tells humorous and anecdotal stories of outdoor misadventures. Hey Ranger! includes funny, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the real life of a national park ranger.
Texas Aggie
Amusing and informative, Hey Ranger! teaches as it entertains. . . .
The Buffalo News - Ray Sasser
A lighthearted collection of stories . . . Burnett kept detailed notes of his long career and writes about his experience with a wry sense of humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589791916
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 363,744
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

A veteran of thirty years as a National Park Service ranger, Jim Burnett worked at eight parks all across the United States, including Grand Canyon, Glacier, Lake Mead and Buffalo River before retiring as chief ranger at Colonial National Historical Park. Author of several articles in national periodicals, he now lives near Athens, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction 1
1 Setting the Stage: Lake Mead National Recreation Area 4
2 The Snakes Aren't Always in the Grass 7
3 Leave It to the Beaver 14
4 "Knock, Knock, Who's There?" 19
5 "Head for the Hills" 25
6 "Can You Hear Me Now?" 31
7 "Back It Up Right Here" 40
8 "There's a Burglary at the Marina" 49
9 Too Hot to Handle 53
10 Setting the Stage: Buffalo National River 59
11 Don't Feed the Skunks 61
12 "Thousands of Chickens" 70
13 "Ranger, We Lost, We Lost!" 77
14 At the End of Their Rope 88
15 Sometimes, Chicken Soup Is Not Good for the Ranger's Soul 94
16 Setting the Stage: Glacier National Park 99
17 "Mister, It's Not Too Late" 101
18 Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! 109
19 Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink 119
20 Setting the Stage: Colonial National Historical Park 124
21 "Excuses, Excuses" 126
22 Pomp and Circumstances 130
23 Setting the Stage: Grand Canyon National Park 139
24 "You Can See It All When We Get Home" 142
25 "I Can't Find the Bridge" 145
26 "Let It Down Slowly" 149
27 Setting the Stage: Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial 152
28 Hockey Pucks in the Chicken Coop 155
29 Serious Basketball Country 159
30 Where There's Smoke 162
31 Crime Still Doesn't Pay 171
32 You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers 181
33 Tales from the Wild Side 188
34 Don't Be a Victim of Your Vacation 198
Appendix Sources of Additional Information 219
Books and Videos 219
Organizations and Government Agencies 220
Acknowledgments 223
Sources Quoted 225
How to Contact the Author 227
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Very good book

    Very interesting for all readers

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    A must read if you've ever visited our national parks.

    This book will leave you smiling for weeks. If you've visited at least one of the national parks, you'll identify with many of these stories, but you don't have to have visited the parks to enjoy what's on these pages. Get the book, share it with your family and friends who are planning to go or have been to our parks. I must say that after reading "Hey Ranger," I wonder if the bears are not smarter than some of the human visitors. Enjoy, a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    Still laughing...one month later!

    I purchased this book while on vacation last month and read it in three nights. I had a hard time choosing between sleep and the book. Jim is an excellent writer who captures your interest from page one and holds it until the end of the book. I'll never think of chicken soup in quite the same way!!! I now have an even healthier respect for rattlesnakes and sorry to say, I'd probably be one of those that should've paid more attention in school. I'm planning to buy several more to give as Christmas gifts. There is no need to even be interested in National Parks or Rangers to appreciate the humor and practical lessons learned in this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    We All Need a Good Laugh or More, 'Hey, Ranger!' is it.

    This book is fun reading and I'd recommend it to anyone. You don't have to be a Park Ranger to understand the amusing situations that Jim Burnett has shared with us in this very funny book! This history of amusing anedotes from the man that was there can be shared by friends and relatives alike. It is fun and funny without having to stoop to the trash level like so much 'humor' is today. Thanks to the writer and the publisher for printing something I'll want to read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Great read for anyone who likes stories with humor

    As a park ranger I found lots to like about this book, but you don't have to be an outdoor's person to enjoy it. These are funny stories based on the author's 30 years as a ranger and he was obviously a good observer of human nature. He creates some wonderful acronyms to describe some of the situations people get into in the out-of-doors. If you're looking for some fun, light reading, this is a great choice.

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