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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ramona Retires

Tonight was the retirement party for my good buddy, Ramona. She is returning to "civilian" life after 34 years with the National Forest Service.

Joan Young and Ramona Venegas

Everyone in three or four counties who is at all interested in outdoor recreation knows Ramona. She is one of the most giving and helpful people you could ever hope to meet.

gag gift

Don't you think the most perfect gift for someone who spent countless hours writing tickets on people who don't know how to play nice in the woods is a shot-up sign?

photo gift

How about a professional photo of Nordhouse Dunes, from the well-known Michigan photographers Todd and Brad Reed? Ramona spent a lot of her early years with the FS working on the Wilderness designation for that area. You've seen a lot of hike pictures from there if you are a regular blog follower.

groundhog cookies

Finally, hey! It's groundhog day- what a perfect dessert item.

Wishing Ramona all the best for whatever comes next (and I'm hoping it might include a little more time to do things together).

See Nordhouse
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Anonymous said...

Very cool! Best of retirement to Ramona:)

Ann said...

Looks like she had a very nice retirement party. Those cookies are pretty cute

The Oceanside Animals said...

hello sharkbytes its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like a fun partee!!! and dada sez that sinse it wuz held on growndhog day that meens yoo can hav the saym party agin the nekst day and the nekst day and the nekst day i hav no ideea wot he is tawking abowt as yoozhual!!! ok bye

Sharkbytes said...

MJ- Thank you.

Ann- The cookies were a real hit

Dennis- I never thought of that! Glad you pointed it out.

Lin said...

Oh my gosh--those cookies are HILARIOUS!! Who got the groundhog cookie cutter???!

Happy Retirement to your friend. I hope that frees up time for you two to hang out.

vanilla said...

Nice party; great recognition of a life of service. May good fortune follow Ramona in the next stage of her life!

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