|Me posing by a no trespassing sign. What you|
can't see is that the fence has collapsed about 10 feet
to my left.
|A view I got quite used to as I rode|
shotgun with Ranger Lamb
|Ranger Lamb responding to a bus stuck in wet grass|
It was quite a busy week so forgive me if I forget anything but here's a brief rundown of what I did. As I mentioned previously day one started strong with a traffic accident only a few minutes into my shift. After that Ranger Lamb introduced me to the typical morning routine of opening up the gates to the various trails and then we hit the Colonial Parkway again to enforce some traffic laws. After observing Ranger Lamb conduct a few traffic stops for speeding he then gave me a crash course in how his Doppler radar works for determining the speed vehicles are moving at, some basic radio commands, and the procedure he uses during a traffic stop. Later that afternoon I joined my supervisor, Ranger Krebs, for a CPR training course with Ranger Brewer and Ranger Kinde.
The rest of the week flew by as I continued joining Ranger Lamb for road patrol, I received a number of tours of all areas of the park (some of which aren't seen by the usual visitor), and I tagged along with Rangers Lamb and Sheets as they took to the ground on foot patrol. In just one week I absorbed so much information that it's honestly a bit overwhelming and is going to take some time to decompress and decode, but I'm looking forward to continuing my foray into all things Colonial National Historical Park. If week one is any indication of how much I'm going to enjoy this internship then this is going to be a great summer.