Bruce and Sara as National Park Rangers at
Cape Hatteras National Seashore

May 2, 2006

Our First Days of Working and our First Weekend--May 2, 2006

We started working in uniforms as Park Rangers on Thursday, April 27. For the first two days the Lighthouse was open only from 10AM to 2 PM, but then on Sunday, April 30th, the Lighthouse began to operate on a regular schedule--open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

In addition to the regular visitors and guests, there are lots of school groups on class trips now. And they are fun! The kids are full of energy, they love climbing the 257 steps to the top, and they give us a chance to practice our skills and see if we remember everything.

Because everyone is new and the season hasn't really begun, We aren't offering formal programs yet. When we aren't workng at the base of the lighthouse, or in the middle, or at the top, we are studying, researching, and developing what the Park Service calls "interpretive programs."

Interpretive programs are the Ranger talks and Ranger walks that can give some meaning and offer a better understanding of the parks. As we have told many of our friends, we feel we are in school again---reading books, doing research, keeping notes, and trying to decide what to offer.

Eventually all this work will result in the summer programs that are offered everyday from birdwalks in the early morning to campfire programs at night. Sara, for instance, is working on some programs describing a typical day in the life of the lighthouse keepers who maintained the lighthouse and kept the lights burning. Bruce is working on a technical description of how the lighthouse was moved 2900 feet in 1999, and another one on the geology of the barrier islands.

Among our many new experiences:

Of course, what's important is that we are still having fun! We enjoy what we are doing, and we look forward to doing more!

Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lighthouse

We had a a day off last Saturday and drove down to Ocracoke Island. Ocracoke is where we rented a house for a week many years ago; it's an island just south of Hatteras Island that we really enjoyed. It's small, quaint, and quiet! Hopefully during the summer, we'll be able to spend a few more days there!

Ocracoke Harbor
Ocracoke Harbor

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