Why I enjoy fishing – even if I don’t catch anything

My job as a park ranger in Colorado is both rewarding and stressful. On one hand I get to protect this beautiful area and teach visits about the plants and animals that can be found here, and I also have to deal with rowdy visitors that simply don’t understand that their behavior is endangering them and the environment. While I love my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else, I also need to take an occasional break.


Thankfully park rangers are not always “on call”, even the ones that live in the park. This means that I actually have a set schedule that includes regular days off. When I’m not patrolling the park or giving guided tours and lectures I can usually be found with a fishing pole in my hand. There are several great places to fish in the park, and some of my favorite are truly off the beaten path.


There are several reasons why I enjoy fishing, even if I don’t catch anything. The main one being that it gives me a chance to simply get away. After dealing with a constant stream of visitors day after day, I am definitely ready for some peace and quiet. I don’t have to answer any questions or tell visitors “no” and that alone more than makes up for the times I don’t catch anything. Besides, there really are times when the last thing I want for dinner is fresh fish. After a day of fishing sometimes all I want is a hot cheese pizza and a cold beer.


Like I’ve mentioned earlier I love my job. I get to spend the day in this scenic park that remains basically untouched by man. Even though I get to see it on a daily basis, it can be hard to really appreciate all of its natural beauty when you are worried a visitor might fall off a cliff. Not that it has ever happened to me, but it is just one of my many concerns. When I’m fishing I can just sit back, relax and take in the scenery. Whether it is the top of a snow covered mountain or the bank on the other side of the river, there is always a stunning sight to see. It is times like these when I get the chance to truly see how beautiful unspoiled nature can be.


Without the constant chatter of tourists I can hear the birds as they fly around. The lack of noise also encourages the park’s residents to come out. We have bears, bighorn sheep, wolves and even coyotes, which I got to see the last time I went fishing. So now you know why I enjoy fishing even when I don’t catch anything, it is the perfect way for me to relax and recharge so I am ready to go back to my job.


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