Sunday, May 16, 2010
Here she is at the airport outside Bozeman, saying "Hello," and....
She woke up with a cold, another sign that it was time to go.
Just want you to know, Susan, that even though I know it was the right thing to do, you are a rat for deserting me!
I was polite at the airport, but now I'm letting it all out.
Just to make you feel even worse, I hear that a bus load of handsome cowboys are coming in next week. They have lots of money and have a weakness for women from Georgia. So raspberries at you. Miss you anyway.
It was a long drive to the airport. We left Yellowstone Park through the West Yellowstone entrance and then took I-91 north through the Gallatin National Forest. Actually, part of the 89 mile drive was still Yellowstone. I have no idea where one starts and the other begins. There isn't a big dividing line or anything. Just lots of pine trees, mountains, running streams, and critters.
I didn't have a good place to pull off, but on the right side of the river you might see some people in kayaks. At least that's what they looked like to me.
There was a little rapids in this spot that attracted them and their freaky spandex clothing.
I did one of those dangerous touristy things and came to a screeching halt when I saw this black bear ambling up a hillside.
You can see the trailer to the left. There were actually a few houses and a restaurant right down the road from him.
Don't think you would let little Fluffy out in the yard with this for a neighbor.
I have no idea what kind of bushes or weeds line the river, but the colors add a fall like touch to the area.
This was on both sides of the road for several miles. As one of my British guests said the other day, "brilliant!" I must remember to say "brilliant" at least a dozen times a day.
I know I have mentioned this before, but now that a good friend has left Yellowstone Park, I need to warn any of you who are thinking about trying this work adventure that it isn't as nifty keen as it sounds.
First of all, working for Xanterra, the company that runs the hotels, restaurants and some gift shops in the Park, is not easy. They work you hard. These are hospitality jobs. If you are older like me, you have never waited on people or at least not for a couple of decades.
Your feet and back will hurt. Grizzly son makes fun of my room because we have bunion pads and gas relief pills and ointments for muscle pain. Well, actually, those things belong to my roomy. But I do have a strange calloused area on my big toe and I think there is some kind of fungous growing around my knee. Of course there is the broken tooth thing going on, but enough of that.
Secondly, unless you are extremely independent and totally oblivious to other human beings, you should bring a friend or a spouse with you. Taking a chance on a roommate is a HUGE gamble. I lucked out and roomy and I are settling into our"Odd Couple" routine. She snores, I wear earplugs and it works. One of my friends is finally moving out on the "Sniper." This is the woman who sleeps on top of the covers and keeps the blinds drawn 24/7. She might as well sleep in a coffin. She probably does at home.
Thirdly, you have to love nature, cause it's all you have. There is internet in some of the dorms. There is no television unless you pay for a satellite dish. The days are incredibly long here in Yellowstone Park. You can hike all day and still have hours to kill. Maybe the days are long because there is no television and you don't have to clean or cook. If you like to drink a lot or are working on becoming an alcoholic, there is ample opportunity for that. Set those goals high!
Yellowstone Park is a wonderful place to be for a time. I'm looking at this 6 month contract and having my doubts. The kids are acting like I'm a wimp, but living in a dorm room and waiting on tourists may not be for everyone. I am holding my head high under their criticism. If I stay here for two months, that is still longer than most people will ever have in the Park.
Time will tell. Good night friends. I may head over to the pub for a Moose Drool. It is sounding refreshing. Have I been here too long already?