We met up with ProRanger Jennifer Pflugfelder and Ranger Mark Howard in the parking lot of the Visitor's Center where they were setting up a driving course. We learned that Jen, along with some of the other ProRangers, were on a list for deployment to a wildfire! They would know in the next few days whether or not they would be going. [SPOILER: Jen Pflugfelder did spent several weeks in Northern California at the Klamath National Forest.]
|ProRanger Jennifer Pflugfelder shows off her "red card"|
|Ranger Mark Howard and ProRanger Jennifer Pflugfelder|
|Vicki McGarvey and Jennifer Pflugfelder|
|Vicki McGarvey and Mark Howard|
After the requisite photos, we watched the driving course being measured out and the cones put into place. We even helped a little!
|Helping with the setup.|
|"Put it right there"|
|Setting up the course.|
|Standing in West Virginia with Maryland and Virginia in the background.|
|Answering a question.|
Walking around town with a ProRanger in uniform was difficult! It seemed like every few steps, Jen was stopped by a visitor to answer a question or to provide directions. She answered each request completely and with a smile on her face!
|And, more directions.|
We visited the information center where I learned that Jen lives upstairs. The downstairs is a museum and information center, but behind the chain and up the stairs were Jen's summer living quarters. The summer living arrangements for each of the ProRangers was as unique as each park!
|The information center, aka Jen's house!|
|Did you ever wonder what was behind the chained off areas of a museum?|
|In the museum...(Jen's foyer!)|
|Outside John Brown's fort.|
|Working on the junior ranger activities.|
|Swearing in for junior ranger badge #3.|
|Proud wearer for three junior ranger badges.|