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Decorated junior ranger notches Lake Roosevelt

Girl's ambition: visit all the national parks


Outside the headquarters of the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Aida Frey displays some of her more than 800 badges and pins collected around the country. - Scott Hunter photo

Three weeks into her latest foray and seven years after starting this adventure, the self-proclaimed most-decorated National Park Service junior ranger made it to Coulee Dam on Monday.

Aida Frey, 17, has, along with proud and devoted parents, been to more than 300 national parks since she was 9 years old.

That's when they met a couple dedicated park rangers who brushed aside quitting time at 5 p.m. to sign her up for the junior ranger program. She completed a workbook about the park at Effigy Mounds, Iowa and received her first badge, lighting a fire of enthusiasm for national parks.

Now sh...

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