Northwoods resident and former Grand Canyon National Park Ranger, Stu Whipple, will be the next guest of the Boulder Junction Public Library’s Neighbor to Neighbor program series on Thursday, September 26, 2:30 pm, in the Boulder Junction Community Center.
You can look over the edge of the Grand Canyon and be amazed. You can walk through the Canyon and be inspired. But to really let it seep into your soul, to become a touchstone in your life, you may want to spend some time wrapped up in the daily lives of those who are Living at the Edge of the Grand Canyon.
Spend an hour with Northwoods resident and North Rim Grand Canyon Park Ranger, Stu Whipple as he guides us into the nooks and crannies of Rim life where few visit and fewer still travel more than a hundred yards from the parking lots. Discussion will also include the history of those who pioneered the vast and wild land while establishing a tenuous semblance of European civilization and what it is like for people today living amongst the remnants of what remains. You may want to plan a trip or perhaps wonder if you too have the desire to be one of those who can say they have lived at the edge.
Stu Whipple and his wife, Pam, along with two generations of Golden Retrievers, charted a mid-life course correction and traveled west to become National Park Rangers. Although living and working at six National Parks, their mainstay was the North Rim Grand Canyon; as far away from civilization as any place in the lower “48”. As “flatlanders”, they learned to walk the rim without fear and fashion of a life of excitement and reward while lending their stories to those who had gone before.
Stu was a psychotherapist and University teacher in his prior life, developing skills and patience that fit well into “Rangering”. As with many, illness drove him West while the outdoor life as a Ranger helped heal him. He and his wife have returned to the Northwoods to continue their life journey.
This presentation is part of the Friends of the Boulder Junction Public Library’s free monthly NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR program series. All members of the public are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the library at 715-385-2050.