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A Summer Job

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on June 11, 2019 04:45

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This way of life made me ready for another school year of teaching.

On weekends when people would go fishing and camping in the high Sierras of California, the sheriff of Tuolumne County would have one of his deputies spend a day riding with a State Game Warden, checking campsites to see if they were legal and following the state game laws. 

Since it was summer and I was not teaching during the week, the sheriff asked me several times if I would ride around with the state game warden. I was really happy to do it because it got me out of the city.

Many times, we were up near the Kennedy Meadow’s Resort, which is several miles from the the Sonora Pass turn off. We would spend the night in one of the game warden’s cabins, so that we would not have to drive 30-miles back to the sheriff's office, and then back up to the same area the next day. 

The state warden that the sheriff had me working with was a true professional. He spent his time checking California’s back-country, or what is called the primitive area—no motorized vehicles, including bicycles, could be used in the area, only horses, or you hiked into the area and you hiked back out. 

One of the best times, that I had, was on a 4th of July weekend with the warden near Kennedy Meadows. 

About five or six miles from Kennedy Meadow Resort, the state game wardens had a cabin that could house two to six people and was more like a bunkhouse that you would find at a ranch. 

In back of the house ran a creek and in front of the house ran a road up to the resort. This is where we stayed when we planned to stay over-night. 

The area was quiet at night and could become very dark, where you could see thousand of stars and sometimes a satellite, circling the earth.

Usually, around three or four o’clock in the afternoon, you could hear thunder, and sometimes, during the day, it would rain very hard for about twenty to thirty minutes, then clear up for the rest of the night.

Every morning, when we stayed over, we would pack our gear and put it in the truck. We might have to go to the sheriff's office in Sonora and not return to the Kennedy area, but mostly we would drive around and check fishing licenses, fire permits, campers, hikers, swimmers, or horse back riders that were in the primitive area. 

As an Elementary School teacher for the San Francisco Unified School District, I spent my summers as a deputy sheriff. I got out of the city, and experienced a different way of life, relaxing in the mountains, sometimes not seeing a child for days. This way of life made me mentally ready for another school year of teaching in San Francisco. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on June 11, 2019 04:45

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