It was near the end of October 2013 in Durango, Colorado. A crisp fall day; cool but no snow, the leaves had changed colors and it was deer season, and I’m about to lose my life…During the next two months of recovering from a traumatic brain injury, I reflected on my life, especially those days as a National Park Service ranger in Yosemite.
Here’s my story about the Yosemite Mafia—the dedicated, and occasionally irreverent, men and women who served during Yosemite’s tumultuous 1970s.
Brady served as Valley District Ranger in Yosemite National Park from 1972 to 1976. He completed his National Park Service career in 1998 as Superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. During his 37-year career, Brady toured several park areas and served as National Chief Ranger in Washington, D.C. He is now retired and lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, Gwen.