|One of many down trees causing road blocks|
|Valley Fire Dept. SAR Boat|
On Saturday I was picking up some cones that were no longer needed to close off sections of the trail when a few women came up to me because they lost their car keys. I took down all the information and brought it back to the Communication Center. They showed me how the Lost is filed, and what happens if something is found. Later that evening we received a call that some keys were found, (the same ones) and I went down and picked them up and the woman got her keys back! I did some hike patrols, and moved down trees/branches (if they were not too big) that came down from the previous storms. We ran some radar and made traffic stops, checked on an alarm that went off and found nothing. There were no broken entry ways, so probably a mouse set it off, We got a call about a fawn that was hit so we found it and had to make sure it was dead, before dragging it off of the roadway. It was quite a diverse day for me, and I did a little bit of everything!
|Fox sitting in front of den under abandoned house|
Sunday turned out to be by far the busiest craziest day I have ever seen in the park! The river was still very high and strong. We had 2 separate incidents of kayakers getting swept down the river. We set up spots along the river to catch them in case they needed help getting out, but neither of the searches became serious as we found the kayakers on land. There were 2 separate bike accidents on the Towpath, but everyone was alright. We received a call that a horse trailer had a flat tire but it was on the bend in a road and traffic was very fast. Ranger Stell and I did some traffic control so they could change their flat. Then there was a dirt biking accident which everyone was alright, but then that turned into something bigger because they were riding on park property and did not have licenses or registered vehicles and had to wait for rides and tow trucks. Even after all that there was a bicycle accident on a roadway. No one saw it happen, but the girl's friends and the first people on scene are pretty sure it was not caused by another vehicle, and maybe she just came down the hill fast and lost control. She was barely conscious and could not speak much English, along with her friend who also could not speak much English. The ambulance came and decided to have the girl airlifted because it seemed serious and also because of all the unknowns of not knowing what happened. It was a crazy day and I sure hope everyone turned out to be okay. I got a lot of experience dealing with different incidents and seeing how they can each turn out to be very different, and also the importance your presence in the park is especially on these busy days when we had sirens going on and driving in multiple directions at a single time.
The whole week gave me a lot of different and new experiences and I cannot believe how much I am learning and how fast my time here is going. More to come still!