Interested in reading more about the Park? Pick up Yellowstone Ranger (Riverbend Publishing, $23). This captivating memoir of Bozeman resident and longtime Yellowstone Park ranger Jerry Mernin is an exciting new addition to the canons of nature and adventure writing. Mernin chronicles his four decades of service in Yellowstone and surrounding national parks through awesome stories of bear encounters, remote backcountry rides on horses (who it’s said he loved like dear friends), and selfless, life-threatening rescues, like rappelling down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. His book conveys a clear and admirable love for the landscape, the wilderness, and the parks, and is a passionate and spirited read for anyone who shares his passion for these places.