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It was as if God had called and asked if I would like to try out heaven for a few months. But it wasn't really God; it was the chief naturalist at Zion National Park on the phone offering me a five-month seasonal position. That call led to a 15-year period of wandering around the United States, living and working in eight different national parks and two national forest wilderness areas - a seasonal rangering life that was intertwined with long-distance hikes on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Eventually, realizing that I was almost penniless and growing older, I left that beloved nomadic wilderness existence, went to law school and changed the course of my life - not necessarily for the better. These days, I find myself office-bound and living a more typical American life - indoors! But each and every day my mind drifts back to that period of outdoor adventures and to the truly incredible people that I shared those adventures with. I now remember that time as the high watermark of my life and I can honestly say that I loved almost every minute of my years as a national park and national forest "seasonal." Wanderings, Reflections of a Wilderness Nomad is an account of those adventures and experiences.
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David Gafney is a photographer and an attorney who resides in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts and who has spent many years working in the fields of conservation and natural history interpretation. For more than fifteen years he served as a ranger and naturalist with the National Park Service where he presented interpretive programs in such treasured and diverse locations as Yellowstone, Zion, Isle Royale, Great Smoky Mountains, Death Valley and Everglades National Parks. He has served as a wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and Wyoming and has hiked more than half of the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. Dave holds a law degree from Northeastern University, a master's degree in forest ecology from Utah State University and a B.S. degree in environmental conservation from the University of Massachusetts. His wilderness images have been published in books, magazines and exhibited in galleries.

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