It’s a blustery Fall day here at the Cove, and what better time to sit in the sun and get to know a Cove Palisades State Park ranger! This month, we are kicking off our monthly “Meet a Ranger” post, where you have the opportunity to get to know one of our awesome park rangers, Rita, and read of her stories. We hope to have a new park ranger in the region featured every month so you can learn about what you have in common with a ranger, and the reasons we love our job and working for Oregon State Parks!
Hi Rita! What’s your history with parks? I worked at The Cove in the late 90’s as a Park Aid, and then took a few years off. I returned in 2004 to work the booth and in 2008 I interviewed for the Ranger 1 Seasonal.
What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a Park Ranger? I’ve always enjoyed the Great Outdoors, and as an adult I realized the importance of protecting our natural resources.
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Snorkeling in Hawaii! And gardening, fishing, hiking, and hunting.
Favorite type of food? Seafood.
Favorite movie and favorite song at the moment? The movie “Titanic” and the song “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock.
Favorite animal at The Cove? Mule Deer
Favorite place in the world? Maui
Favorite quote: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years!” – Abe Lincoln
Favorite memory at the Cove? Working on the Tam-a-trail in the late 90’s.
••Thank you Rita for helping to keep our park a clean, fun, and enjoyable place to be! Stay tuned into our blog to read about next month’s park ranger.••