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Old Ranger

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(before 2003)

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Carl Sharsmith loves the mountains. Carl is a park ranger in Yosemite National Park. He has worked for 63 years in the park.

Carl wakes up every morning at 6:00 a.m. His cabin door looks out toward the top of a mountain. At ninety years old, Carl is the oldest park ranger.

Ranger Carl likes to walk in his favorite meadow. Many visitors have walked with him over the years. He points out wild berries and onions. He tells people stories about the beauty of the high country.

Other rangers say Carl helps the visitors feel good about being there. Even though he has seen things at the park, he believes it is a miracle.

There is a book about Carl. It is called Mountain Sage. It tells about Carl's love of the meadows he cares for. He tries to show the meadows to everyone who visits.

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