Authors seldom write about their personal interests and favorite things. Although When I Was Younger is not an autobiography – My Wild Life, A Memoir of Adventures within the National Parks – pretty well addressed that. Younger includes such personal interests as preferred food and drinks, music, and various outdoor interests.
Younger is a smorgasbord of things that I have most enjoyed and the many unexpected experiences in nature. Examples include encountering a lynx in my path at Denali, finding a bear blocking my path at Big Bend, being tracked by a Mountain Lion, climbing Mt. Shasta twice, observing army ants at Chichen Itza, and discovering that I was camping in a fer de lance research site near Catemaco.
When I was Younger emphasis the author’s love of nature and wild places, and the abundant wildlife along the way.
About the Author
The author retired from the National Park Service after a 32-year career as a park ranger and biologist. He worked in 7 national parks – Crater Lake, Death Valley. Pinnacles, Zion, Big Bend, Great Smoky Mountains, and the Virgin Islands – and as Regional Chief Scientist in the Southwest Region in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as Chief of Resource Management and Chief Scientist for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. Since retirement, he has written 30 books on National Parks and wildlife, and two novels: Natural Inclinations, One Man’s Adventures in the Natural World, and Ruins to Ruins, From the Mayan Jungle to the Aztec Metropolis. Roland lives in Bryan, Texas.