Monday, November 26, 2007

Park Wife's Park Life

Here is a little background on our Park life. When I met my husband, he was a park ranger at a park on top of a beautiful mountain. After we were married, we stayed there for about five years. My over-achieving husband then became superintendent of a park that is a historical town. Well, needless to say, we are more recreational park type of people, but here we are in a small town of about 150 with a portion of the town being a state park. The park is a step back into the 19th century with plankboard sidewalks along side streets that have never been paved, with historic buildings and former residences that you can tour. It is really a great tour destination.

But, oh my, this town is so funny! I really should write a book about the craziness. I don’t know how there could be so much wackiness in such a small town. I will give you one funny example that I will talk much more about in future blogs. When most small towns want to raise money for their volunteer fire departments, they usually have a bake sale or a BBQ dinner, oh no, not our town. We had a Champagne Gala with an 18-piece orchestra followed by some old cowboy band that played “dance” music. Alright, you did get that the population of this town is about 150 people right? Well, a few of the men in town are gay and they decided if a fundraiser was going to be done, it was going to be done right. And, it was a wonderful evening and it raised about $26,000 for our fire department, it is all in who you know and who you can get to pay $200 a plate. The whole thing was just funny, the fire chief is well, let’s just say he’s a little bit country and his dealings with the man putting on the event were just hilarious. Talk about cultures clashing!

Anyway, this park we are at now is a wonderful place to visit and my husband is doing an exceptional job running it, he is truly a man of integrity. They are decorating the town for Christmas this week, I will post pictures as everything starts coming together.

Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

Catty Ax Lady said...

How cool is that?!? Big Boss Man and I always said that when we retired, we'd become camp hosts at any one of our favorite campgrounds. That's nowhere near what your husband does, but I thought I'd share. Historical towns are nifty, especially when they're that small. Thanks for the peek into yours!!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Your life sounds fascinating! Seriously, this benefit thing sounds like the basis for a comedy.

It's just begging for a name like Cowboys and Queens or something like that. ;) I love it when cultures clash. I think that's the beauty of being human. We are all so different.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Oh, The Joys said...

Blonde Mom directed me to you as I am the blogger known for having fantasies about National Park Rangers (which most National Park Rangers think is quite funny.)

How exciting to find a real live wife of a park ranger.

Oh, the JEALOUS!

Stacie said...

I loved the story about your small town, how funny. I found your blog through a comment you left on Pioneer woman. I was intrigued by your name, I secretly want to be a park ranger when I grow up, the problem is, I'm 38, if I'm not grown up now, I'm afraid hope is waning. I'll be back to hear more about your adventures as a park wife.
Stacie

ClaireBoe said...

Cool blog! I linked to you from Pioneer Woman. Doncha just love her? :-)

You sound like a blessed woman.

And, that "baby brain" you're talking about? My youngest is 11...and I still have it.

Mapper said...

Your blog has officially become where the park ranger wanna be's (like me and obviously Stacie too!) and those who WANT park rangers hang out! See, you have a following already!!!! Woo Hoo for you! haha
It's all about those drab green pants and the brown wide brimmed hat here as opposed to PW's chaps and Stetsons!
It just goes to show it's all in the name of your blog, excellent choice!

SegoLily said...

Your blog is a fun read. I'll be checking back for what's to come.

You should watch the movie Danny Deckchair - very good movie and has a similar seeming town in respects to the gala.

Mikki Roo said...

Have to mention that fundraising idea to my husband - he's on the local fire dept and yeah, they usually do the bbq or breakfast thing.

Christy said...

Hey, you were just in my area! We're in MS right now.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and welcome to the blogosphere!

Oh, The Joys said...

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SharonB said...

Hello and welcome! I just noticed your comment over at MorningSong and thought I'd drop by and welcome you to the bloggy world.

I love small historical towns! You'll have to take pictures and share with us!
I'll be back for a visit! I noticed you have two boys - I also have two boys but they are grown now (25 and 21) and we've homeschooled. Anyway look forward to getting to know you.

Dawn-Enigma Artist said...

Oh thanks for the info! Sounds like a great life!