Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a park ranger? Or how to become one? You might expect such a career to be filled with stories about bears, enforcing laws, interpreting nature's handiwork, and answering visitor questions but in fact, it is much more than that. It is a lifestyle of adventure, inspiration, self-fulfillment, and a feeling of privilege while living in some of the most beautiful parks in the world. What obstacles and rewards await the person who chooses to explore such a lifestyle? Follow the author from his dream to his dream job during his 35-year federal ranger career in eight national parks. A life dedicated to the protection of these special places for future generations that continues long into his retirement as a volunteer ranger.