I Have been sick for two years very sick. During that time I have suffered from situational depression. even though I knew it was situational that didn’t help. I kept it pretty quite did not talk about it much. But on almost a daily basis I thought about taking my own life. I did not want to die a painful death and have others having to take care of me when bed ridden. Thankfully I was only on the transplant list for a little less than one year when I received a new liver. The depression did not leave overnight. But I can now say it is gone. OK if you are not an organ donor, please become an organ donor. All of the hikes and events we put on are stigma free zones. If you want to talk about it fine if not that is fine also. No one will judge you.
Okay let’s talk about Carlsbad I will make this the short version Since I was introduced to Carlsbad Cavern National Park seeing pictures in second grade I was blown away. I new when I grew up I wanted to go there. Fast forward to 1984. That was the first time I went. Most people go through the cave in three or four hours, I went in the cave at 8am and didn’t leave the cave till 5pm when a ranger told me the cave is closed I have to head to the elevator. I was hooked from that day on I have studied the cave and the surrounding area. I compiled a book with many articles I have found on the cave It was a notebook which encompassed the fauna, flora and geology. It was a ten year work of about 300 pages. About four years ago I donated it to the employee library. They were very appreciative and thank full for it. Later that day I was talking to a ranger in the parking lot When I introduced myself after talking for a while He said You’re the guy who donated that book to us. I have it right on my desk I love it. His name was Mark The park geologist. So my point is I know more about that park than most of the rangers. And I love to turn people on to this park. I promise you if you decide to go on this exploration with us You will leave the park knowing more about the park than any other visitors that week end. I kept my goal low cause so many have given me support during my illness so I should reach it with not much trouble
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