Tuesday, August 2, 2016

People of Big Creek - Ranger Tabby Cavendish

As an introduction of sorts, I'm posting pictures of people we met in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park I  have taken over the years. These are the "characters" in my book, Big Creek - A Closer Look at a National Park, in order of appearance.

Ranger Tabby Cavendish is a petite redhead. She was very professional and business-like.  Not as outgoing with us as some other rangers but, still friendly.  She did not come to Big Creek often, so we did not get to know her as well as some others. I found only two pictures of her in my files but, found a few more on the internet.

The two pictures I have were taken on the same day at the farewell picnic for Ranger Taylor at the Cosby Ranger station. When we first arrived, Ranger Tabby and Ranger Jared were just finishing up a report.

Later, she had a smile on her face when admiring Richard's newborn baby.

I found this photo of Tabby taken during a search and rescue mission in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Citizen-Times file photo

What I didn't know about her then, was all this I found on the internet. When Tabby left the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she moved to Mount Rainier National Park. She has been exploring and researching ice caves. It's not just ice caves; I saw photos of her in caves all over the U.S.

She is also a mountain climber.  

And, a static trapeze artist.  I didn't even know there was such a thing.