“They headed west, but their trip went south” is the author’s tongue-in-cheek description of these entertaining true tales of vacations gone awry. A veteran of thirty years as a ranger at eight national parks across the country, Jim Burnett shares an entertaining look at some of the humorous—and often bizarre—situations that can occur when a trip to the Great Outdoors just doesn’t turn out quite as expected. Focusing on the light rather than the tragic side of recreational miscues, these fun, family-friendly stories have found an appreciative audience with a wide variety of readers, from experienced outdoors adventurers to armchair travelers. The final chapter in his first Hey Ranger! book, "Don't be a Victim of Your Vacation," includes over a dozen succinct tips to help readers avoid the common mistakes on outdoor trips that earned some of their fellow travelers a spot in these books .