Mystery Ranger Writing Tales – Part 2 – The Mysterious Trail



Being a park ranger in Washington state has lots of perks — beautiful country at your doorstep is one of them!  On days I was not Rangering, I explored the incredible country around me. The North Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Olympic National Park..All of these places were astounding! However – one of my explorations lead me down a mysterious trail that I still travel today!

The place that lead me down this mysterious trail was filled to the brim with mystery, beauty and danger that stopped me in my tracks!   With a violent past, a questionable future and a never-ending supply of adventure, Mount St. Helens captured my full attention!

The bait that drew me into this incredible mountain’s mysteries was a well placed advertisement in a travel brochure.  The 7 Wonders Museum, one of the museums near Mount St. Helens, had a cool ad with the phrase, “Come learn the mystery of the floating logs.” I was hooked! Gazing into my campfire that night, I wondered just what mysteries I would discover the next day!  I could hardly wait to meet the mountain!

About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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