July and August

He started out in the state park system in southern Arkansas but he’s been with the National Park Service — and at Mt Rainier specifically — for four years now.  I met him in the Paradise Inn and asked him about the differences.  He smiled.  “Nothing beats Mount Rainier in July and August,” he said.  Sure, you can get tired of all that snow in the lowlands most of the year “but summer here makes it all worthwhile.”

For his portrait I asked him to stand near one of the two large fireplaces in the Inn’s lobby.  His park ranger hat rested on a table nearby and although he offered to put it on when I glanced at it, I suggested he hold it.

(Paradise, August 2014)