Living simply in the wild

Rangers 1st Assignment

Well its official. David received his 1st job assignment! This field seems a little unstable right now due to a lot of government changes. But we’ve stayed positive and determined and it has paid off. David decided to get his foot in the door by applying to state parks rather then national ones right off the bat. He will get some good experience this way and we will see where the road takes us.

He has gone through weeks of their grueling application process. He did a face to face interview, then was put through a 2 hour polygraph, after passing those he was sent to go do a 4 hour psych evaluation consisting of written tests and an interview with a psychologist. We heard back today with a big “CONGRATULATIONS”! He will be receiving further instructions in the next few days with his start date, work schedule, and housing info.

So the big questions is WHERE WILL WE BE? Well, let me just fill you in…

David will be a park ranger in the, ever so gorgous, Lake Chelan in Washington.


Lake Chelan State Park is a 127-acre camping park on the forested south shore of Lake Chelan. The park has 6,000 feet of shoreline, and of course lakeside views.



As far as we are aware, will be housed inside of the park and we will be there for 8 months over the summer. We are THRILLED!

Lake Chelan is Located 160 miles east of Seattle and 150 miles west of Spokane. It is know for its deep blue water, 300 days of sunshine, world-class wineries, gourmet restaurants, and small-town charm. The pristine 50.5 mile glacier-fed lake is 1.5 miles at its widest and 1486 ft. at its deepest point. The Lake Chelan Valley is nestled in the North Cascades National Forest.

The city’s year round population is approximately 4,000; however, these numbers can swell to 25,000 during summer months due to Chelan’s popularity among tourists and part-time residents.

This clear glacier-fed lake is nestled in a gorge and is the 3rd deepest lake in the United States and slices into the Cascade Mountains. The name Chelan is Indian for ‘deep water’. We will be on the lower end of the lake which is beautified by apply orchards,green hills, and wide sandy beaches.  ImageThe upper lake is quite remote, accessible only by boat or floatplane. Its marked with looming granite cliffs, shadowy evergreen forests, and rocky snowcapped peaks. Waterfalls plunge 8000 feet, surrounding sheer mountain faces with misty sprays.”


It sure is going to be real tough living there over the summer. Stay tuned…


4 responses

  1. Amber

    Congrats my friends!!!!!! I can’t wait to visit!!!!!!! I love you guys and so happy to be part of this dream with you!

    March 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    • alinthakhan

      It’s amazing 🙂

      March 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  2. Dani

    This is so exciting!!! Congrats!

    March 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    • alinthakhan

      We are SO excited!

      March 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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