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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. (Arrowhead Newsletter/National Park Service)

A lighthearted collection of stories . . . Burnett kept detailed notes of his long career and writes about his experience with a wry sense of humor. (Ray Sasser The Buffalo News)

Amusing and informative, Hey Ranger! teaches as it entertains. . . . (Texas Aggie)

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Hey Ranger! was written by a thirty-year veteran park ranger, and offers readers:

A fun, fresh approach. With its light anecdotal style the book provides an entertaining look at some truly unusual—and hilarious—situations in the out-of-doors.

Homegrown appeal. Set in parks across the U.S.A. these stories involve everyday Americans whose trip to the great outdoors took an unexpected turn. You’ll enjoy these tales about people you can relate to.

Readability. Each chapter is a stand-alone story, so you can pick up the book on your lunch hour or whenever you have a few minutes for a fun reading break—but once you start the book we bet you’ll want to finish it soon!

A behind-the-scenes look. Many people envy the lives of rangers who live and work in national parks. Through insights into what that job can really entail, the book will appeal both to ranger "wannabees" and rangers alike, as well as to their families and friends.

Useful tips. The book concludes with some practical "ranger-wisdom," illustrated with real-life examples, to help keep readers from becoming a "victim of their vacation" on their next outdoor excursion.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1st Taylor Trade Ed edition (February 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589791916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589791916
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We saw this book while on vacation in Shenandoah National Park and decided to take a copy home. It was so much fun that we took turns reading it out loud in the car during the drive back. Our family has been campers and hikers for years, so we didn't have trouble believing some of the dumb things people do in parks, especially when it comes to wild animals. The author includes some really good tips for anybody planning a trip to the outdoors, but most of the learning is well disguised in the humor. This is a fun book for just about anybody.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading, Hey Ranger!, especially the amusing style the author uses to tell of the incidents he encountered and the so called fringe benefits a Park Ranger's family endures. The chapter titles grab your attention and relates well to what's told in that chapter. "Don't feed the skunks" is one of many hilarious accounts of how people depend on a Park Ranger to solve their mistakes. I really enjoyed the use of abbreviations such as C.U.B.S. (Constitutionally Unable to Behave Sensibly), that adds to the funny explanations of brainless situations people get into. His own personal chapter account of one of his moves in, " Mister, It's not to late" was so funny I found myself laughing out loud. This book proves that a Park Ranger's job is more than just riding around in a truck enjoying National Park scenery as some people think. It's hard to put down and I'm sure you will find it entertaining.
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Like a great song from years ago, Jim Burnett's stories hit you (and your funny bone) with nostalgia that takes you back to another time and place. My father was a Park Ranger for many years and the stories he told around the supper table keep in time with these (though I never remember laughing as hard as I did when I read about beavers gnawing on boat props!). Thanks for spinning some funny yarns about the outdoor-impaired! Now, if we could only get a reality show called..."So, you want to be a Park Ranger..."
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In this book, Jim Burnett collects amusing stories about visitors in the national parks. These people are normally called "tourons," though Burnett doesn't use the term here. Some of the stories come from his career as a park ranger, while other stories come from other rangers who told them to Burnett. He also includes some background on each park where he was stationed during his career (Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Buffalo National River, Glacier National Park, Colonial National Historical Park, and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial). An appendix provides advice on how not to get hurt being stupid in the national parks.

The book suffers in comparison with other memoir-writers, especially my current favorite, game warden Terry Grosz. Most of Burnett's stories are only mildly amusing, though there are a few good ones. More problematic is the way he tells them - - he gets to the punchline much too fast, so that these stories only last a couple of pages. The second-hand stories are even shorter, more like one-liner jokes. Grosz, in contrast, can spin a tale out much more effectively.

All in all, the book is pleasant enough, and I purchased it at very deep discount, so it's not really disappointing. But there are better options out there.
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I bought this book after reading a great review for it in the Houston Chronicle. I spent over 20 years as a ranger and wanted to see this writer's take on our job. It was a nice change from the usual outdoor adventure books because it combined lots of humor with situations that happen to everyday people, and looks at the lighter side of the job. I enjoyed the author's relaxed, homespun style and thought he took an original look at a topic others have covered as well.
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I enjoy travel and visiting parks, and even though I don't consider myself to be an `outdoorsman," I really liked this book. The author is a great, conversational story-teller and has a wonderful sense of humor. If you like Garrison Keillor you'll enjoy this style of writing. He has come up with some really funny acronyms to describe why things often turn out differently that we expect, such as the "oops" factor (outcome outside of planned scenario). My son always thought he wanted to be a park ranger and I'm giving him a copy of the book. Like the previous reviewer I was surprised at some of the things I learned about their jobs. This is a fun read and the short chapters made it easy to enjoy even with my busy schedule.
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The author relates his many years of on-the-job experiences with people, situations, and animal life in the US National Parks Service. He has an interesting sense of humor that often catches the reader a bit off-guard. I decided to pick up this book after hearing a segment from the Hey Ranger 2 book by a contributing member of the Park Service. Selected sections can prove to be a bit slower than others; but a great opportunity to learn much about the duties, living environment, and life styles of the dedicated park ranger staff and families in helping to prevent more significant disasters by the general public. The book arrived quickly from the seller and was packaged well for shipping in today's USPS "tear-it up" mails. I have been enjoying this book since receiving it and working progressively through the relatively brief chapters to learn more about another perspective of the ranger's dream job. A great recommended read; both for the information and the humor throughout. Some of the stories make one wonder about the challenges of today's modern travelers and their ability to remain safe without the helpful guidance from the periodic Hey Ranger support staff. Clearly much of this book preceded America's Funniest Videos, as well as Youtube videos, where life's occurrences are brought to life by the author's writings that transform text into vivid descriptions of blunders and near fiascos brought upon by the general public.
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