Almost twenty years ago, Andrew Vietze made an unlikely career change: from punk rock magazine editor to park ranger at Baxter State Park in Maine. Home to Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Baxter State Park sees some 60,000 visitors over the summer alone, keeping the park rangers more than busy. From midnight search-and-rescue missions to trail maintenance to cleaning toilets, Baxter rangers do it all... and over the decades Vietze has seen it all. As he grows from neophyte--his first report of a bear sighting elicits the response, "Yeah, Andy, there are a lot of bears in Baxter Park..."--to old-hand, the relationships that Vietze builds with his fellow rangers are illustrated as vibrantly as any attempt to save a lightning strike victim or raid on illegal campers. In This Wild Land Vietze tells his story with humor, action, and an eye for the compelling details of life as a park ranger, making it the perfect read for outdoor and armchair adventurers alike.
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