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Yellowstone’s mature workers and volunteers

Yellowstone Park rangers for Becky Nappi blog
Yellowstone Park rangers for Becky Nappi blog

We spent two days in Yellowstone Park recently, and many of the park rangers and volunteers looked boomer age and older. Lots of silver hair.

I watched the three pictured here work the desk in the busy visitor center at Old Faithful. They graciously answered the same questions over and over again, communicated patiently with tourists who spoke little English and the woman in the center of this picture walked out to Old Faithful during a huge downpour and gave a talk without flinching at the rain.

And they posed for this photo without making a big fuss. My husband took the shot, and then they were back to work answering the same questions over and over again as if it was the first time they heard it, such as "When will Old Faithful erupt next?" Signs were everywhere announcing the next window of time when it may erupt, but they cheerfully answered the question anyway.

(Photo by Tony Wadden)

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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.