The photo in Jerry Mitchell’s author profile at the CAL web site tells you a lot about him. He’s at the beach. Jerry is an outdoors guy, from his 32-year stint with the National Park Service, to his passion for scuba diving, to his two mystery novels set in the wilderness. One other tidbit will tell you just how adventurous Jerry really is: Less than a year after he joined CAL, he joined the board as our Contest & Awards Chair. All it takes is wanting to get involved, and stepping forward.
“I’ll admit,” he says. “I feel like a new member with much to learn.” Already he has established good rapport with the organization that judges CAL’s annual contest, and he’s been a creative voice at board meetings. So how did his parks experience prepare him as an author and CAL board member? “From those quiet moments with nature, in the wild, to experiences working on fires, rescues, rivers, on hikes, doing research, etc. … Those things, however, provide only opportunities for prose and action. But actual conflict? I draw from my experiences with the politics surrounding those things.”