Booksurge The deep redwood canyons and broad grassy ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains offer a leafy green balm to the nature-starved psyches of cubicle dwellers in nearby San Jose. But a few lucky souls, the rangers, actually get paid to spend their days--their lives--patrolling this last wooded scrap, this island of primeval California. Frances Reneau was determined to join their ranks despite her age and her total lack of previous law-enforcement experience. Her journals from her first decade, on which this book is based, deliver vivid pathos and passion while describing her encounters with parkland denizens--injured wildlife, lost visitors, angry neighbors and ancient redwoods. Unseen and unheard by many visitors, exciting dramas unfold punctuating her long, peaceful, placid days on solo patrol. Welcome to life in green pants!