Of immense interest to all who have a fondness for our national parks, PATHS CROSSED: PROTECTING NATIONAL PARKS brings to light the diverse training and skills of what the profession titles the protection ranger. Staying with the author's brand of first person narrative nonfiction, with one word chapter titles in which each is a stand alone story, it encompasses 66 intriguing accounts. Within these accounts are embedded lessons learned that dispute the belief that experience can't be taught. In these pages, the author reveals the challenges, sacrifices, and rewards of being a protection ranger in remote marine wilderness venues. From watery northern and southern borders, the reader virtually tags along on missions involving search and rescue, law enforcement, wilderness medicine, and wild-land fire fighting. If you have ever wondered what a park ranger really does or thought you might want to be one, this is the book for you.