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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Desert View - Day 10 - Alone time?

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5:47 am - Saturday - November 18th - Grand Canyon - 29º F (feels like 20º), humidity 48%, wind 10 mph out of the east by southeast.....feels - CALM to me.....cloudless skies with a million stars still out right now......just beautiful! Forecast high for today is 46º F......brrrrr!

At first I didn't cotton to the idea that TLE and I would be working opposite shifts each day, but now we are both beginning to like having a few hours to ourselves a few days a week, plus the 5-5.5 hour work days mean we each will have time at the beginning, or at the end of each work day to do our workouts on a more consistent basis.

We awoke to a cold, blustery Friday, and the wind remained with us all day and most of the night.  The wind was coming from the northwest and that means it is blowing directly into our water heater vent, which further means that the pilot light blows out occasionally, which tends to be kind of irritating.....especially when you go to take a shower and all you are getting is cold water.....wait, what?  I had a cardboard box in the trailer which TLE wanted to save, and I'm glad she did......I fashioned a sort of windshield for the water heater vent, which has worked well.  Without the shield the pilot light would blow out every 10 minutes.....with it the pilot light was only extinguished once in the last 24 hours. 




TLE was off to work at 7:20 am (in the Beetle again) while I remained behind.  I read my Kindle for a while (I'm on the 7th, and final installment of the Dark Tower series), then went out to the trailer to do my daily (hopefully it will be daily......I need better resolve) workout, and was done 40 minutes later.  I read some more while I cooled down from the workout, then took a shower.  Soon it was time for a small lunch (a single slice of the leftover pizza from Wednesday) before I headed off to work to relieve TLE at the checkout station.

I really enjoy the 1/2 mile walk to work, and am so grateful I can walk to work again.....the trail we take feels like we are 100 miles from anywhere as it winds in and around the juniper trees which are ubiquitous here at Desert View.  I arrived at the store after a brisk 10 minute walk, pulled my cash drawer and was on station by 12:10 pm.....TLE then left to count down her drawer and head home for her alone time.

The afternoon shift was quite pleasant with just enough customers to keep me steadily busy, but I did have time on occasion to do a little merchandising, and restocking of some shelves near my work station.  Just as I was pulling my cash drawer I glanced outside to see this spectacular sunset in progress, so I went outside to try and capture its majesty.......


 The 'pano' setting just does not capture the color


.......I went back inside to turn off all the cooler lights, the store lights, take the final cooler temperatures of the day, and then count down my cash drawer.....I was out the door and on my walk home by 5:35.......I've taken to wearing my Teka headlamp on my walks home, and I'm sure as we approach the winter solstice when the daylight portion of the day will be its shortest I'll really be glad I have it.  

I arrived home about 5:45 to find TLE reading and commenting on how much she enjoyed her alone time......life is good!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Desert View - Day 9 - Sometimes being a nomad can be a chore....

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6:52 am - Friday - November 17th - Desert View - 46º F, humidity 51%, wind 10 mph out of the southwest......feels like it is closer to 20 mph.  Partly cloudy today with winds up to 25 mph, and a forecast high of 57º F.

Thursday was our second day off work since we began working November 7th......including our initial orientation day we worked 8 straight days.  We woke up to wind and while it never got really bad, it was steady all day long so we decided not to do anymore exploring, but stay home and do some chores we had been delaying.

My big chore was to deploy all my stuff in the trailer so I can better utilize the stuff I have which tends to get squirreled away when we are moving on a regular basis.  That involved putting together my mountain bike, and our two road bikes so I could get at more of my tools, plus my exercise bench, my bicycle trainer, my bench grinder, and my Workmate® bench.  That took a few hours, and once that was done it was time to give the interior of the trailer a full vacuuming.....the first time I have been able to do that since we left Gardiner, MT in early October.  Over that time I have tracked in a lot of dirt, plus loading the artificial turf into the trailer when we left Gardiner probably contributed a significant amount of dirt.

By the time I finished with the trailer it was approaching 3 pm, and time for a nap, which lasted about an hour.  Around 4 pm TLE and I both decided too many days had passed since we last worked out so I headed out to the trailer to ride my bike on the trainer for 30 minutes, do some pushups and situps, and then some stretching whilst TLE went through her personal workout routine.

That was pretty much our Thursday.....sometimes living on the road is just as 'glamorous' as living in a sticks and bricks home......sometimes the nomadic life is just as full of chores as a 'sticks and bricks' life.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Desert View - Day 8 - So, what's your 'point'?

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7:51 am - Thursday - November 16th - Grand Canyon - 41º F, 43% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the west by southwest.....high clouds with a forecast high of 62º F.....every day in the 60's is one more day for wearing short pants and t-shirts!

We've visited the Grand Canyon twice before, but only had time to give it a lick and promise.....on Wednesday we were determined to see all the view points between Desert View and Mather Point.  One might think "Well, it's the Grand Canyon....doesn't it look the same no matter where you stand?".......uhhhh....nope!  We were off in the VW around 10 am heading to the first 'point' of the day......Navajo Point, which is a little over 1 mile from Desert View.....in the picture below you can just see the Watchtower peaking over the crown on the hill.......just above TLE's head.........

 Navajo Point

.....there has been a fire burning for a couple of days off to the west, and that is the haze you see in most of the pictures I took Wednesday.


 Lipan Point

......our next 'point' of interest was Lipan Point, another few miles to the west of Navajo Point.....we observed numerous brave souls climbing rocks here and at Mather Point......




 TLE's new necklace.....made by a lovely Navajo girl

 Moran Point Pano

 Grand View
 If you look closely you can see a hiking trail threading its way along the right side of the wash....that's got to be 2,000' + lower than we were at the point

.....at almost, if not all of the vista points there were trailheads for numerous trails which wend their way slowly downward to the Colorado River......



......the 'Grandview Trail will probably be the first trail we hike as early as next week.....this is a 6 mile roundtrip hike to Horseshoe Mesa and back.  Many of the trails in use today were built by miners of a bygone era in order to access their claims, and some were created by Native Americans centuries ago......

Mather Point (near the South Rim Visitor's Center)....more brave souls off the trail tempting fate

.....ultimately we arrived at the South Rim Visitor's Center near Mather Point.......there are two buildings.....one is dedicated solely as a bookstore, and that is where we obtained our copy of 'Hiking Grand Canyon National Park' by Ron Adkison, a 255 page exhaustive review of all the trails in GCNP......as I suspected there are probably more hikes and miles than we will be able to cover in our 4+ months here, but we shall give it our best shot when the weather permits, and our bodies are willing.  After the bookstore we wandered over to the second building which houses a lot of information and history about the Grand Canyon.......

 The South Rim Visitor's center relief map.....Lake Powell in the upper right, and Lake Mead in the lower left

 The 1921-23 expeditions of the Grand Canyon by the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) at river level were done in 900 lb. wooden boats

.....by the time we finished with the second building it was after 1 pm, and we needed to do some shopping at the Market Place supermarket (includes a Deli, a large outdoor equipment section, and a large grocery department).  There are a few more 'points' we will visit next week when we return for our official, lengthy Delaware North orientation meeting next Wednesday (Yaqi Point, Yavapai Point, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, Hermits Rest, Maricopa Point, etc.).....we have only just begun!

After we finished shopping, and had stowed our spoils in the Beetle we went back into the Deli to have lunch......at 50% off their listed prices I don't think there is a less expensive eating option anywhere in the GCNP....we ordered a Pizza Supreme, normally $20+.....our cost, just over $10 including drinks.  It was actually a very good pizza.....we ate about half of it at the Deli, and put the remainder in a 'dogie box' to take home for future consumption.

I might note that cell phone service.....primarily broadband coverage, is very erratic at the Market Plaza.....it would range from a high of 2 bars of 3G to 1 bar of 1X , and never really stabilized.  It makes me grateful we have such good coverage at Desert View.

By the time we finished eating it was getting on to 2:30 pm so we began the 45 minute 26 mile drive back to Desert View.  We've gotten a nice overview of about half the vista points, and have noted most of the trailheads between Desert View and Mather Point.  We were home a little after 3:15 with smiles on our collective faces......a nice first day of site seeing!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Desert View - Day 7 - A day without counting

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7:59 am - Wednesday - November 15th - Grand Canyon - 36º F, humidity 38%, wind 1 mph out of the  south by southeast.....partly cloudy with a forecast high today of 64º F.......we are off work the next two days.....time to explore!

Tuesday was our first day working different shifts......TLE had the 7:30 am to 12:30 pm shift......I had the 12 pm to 5:30 pm shift, so around 7:20 am I bid adieu to TLE and went about doing some chores.  The most important thing I would do Tuesday was to dump our black tank which had not been dumped since Wednesday November 1st when we departed Lone Rock.  Of course, we were gone from the coach from November 2nd to November 5th, but 14 days is still a long time.  It was a warm, windless morning so it was pleasant standing outside feeling the sun on my face as I completed our 'dump' process.  I don't know if I have ever gone through with you my personal process in dumping the black tank, so maybe this is a good time.   We have owned our 1982 Newell for almost 10 years now, and we have never had any problem with any odors emanating from our black tank so here is what I believe is the secret to our continued success in this department.  

On our black tank we have a female hose connection on the passenger side of the black tank to which I connect a hose I use specifically, and only for the purpose of flushing my tank.  The female end of the hose is attached to a nearby hose bib.  I always leave the gray tank dump valve open when hooked up, so I close it and then open the black tank dump valve (you don't want black water forcing its way back into the gray tank).  Once the tank begins to empty I turn on the water and let it flow into the black tank.......

 Female hose bib on passenger side of coach.....next to built in macerator pump (only pumps out gray tank)

 Gray water tank dump valve on left (open) and black water tank dump valve on right (closed at this time)

The hose I use to flush the black tank

.......once the black tank has emptied, I close the dump valve and let the tank fill up with water to about the half way mark then dump it again.  I go through this process three times before shutting off the water and just letting all the water empty out of the now 'clean' (the word clean is a relative term) black water tank.  Once it is empty then I close the dump valve and turn the water on again for about 5 seconds to put a layer of water in the tank.....anywhere from a 1/2" to 1".  Before I lock up the water bay door again I once again open the gray dump valve.  Then it is TLE's turn......she puts in 2 ounces of 'Pure Power Blue Waste Digester & Odor Eliminator' through the toilet.......



......we have been using Pure Power for over 10 years now and it works well for us.  I know everyone has their favorite black tank additive that works for them......Pure Power happensn to be our personal choice.  I can get it from Amazon Prime at a reasonable price shipped for free to wherever we may be at the time.

Once the black tank dump was 'buttoned up' I went to the next most important task of the day.....repair/replace the two cables which connect to our Winegard satellite dish at the LNB's, and on the other end to the two cables which go through our roof into the compartment above the drivers seat where our DVR is located.  We have been having a problem with one of them since we arrived at Gardiner where even though the signal appeared strong on both cables I was only connecting to 1/2 of all the 'transponders'.  Even though I would eventually get all my channels, it would take forever each time we would turn it on, and then I would get periodic messages on the TV screen advising the receiver had received no programming for 2,4,7, or 10 hours....eventually all my channels would disappear and I would have to push the 'RESET' button and start over....that takes about 15-20 minutes, which is very irritating.  Then we began to have problem with recorded programs disappearing from the receiver, so I finally determined I needed to go up on the roof to check and/or replace some of the cables and connections.  Instead of doing this job on a piecemeal basis I decided to just replace all the connections, and the one obviously bad cable......this took about 90 minutes, but at the end this fixed the problem.  I think I know which connection was the problem, but I am happy I replaced all of them.  Now I am going to add shrink wrap over each of the connections to keep the weather from degrading them as quickly this time.  At any rate, now I am connected to all the 'transponders' with a 99% signal strength.....that is the best we have had in over a year.  By the time I finished the 'cable project' it was time to get ready for work.

Since TLE had taken the VW to work I walked to work and arrived there by 11:50 pm......after counting in my cash drawer I headed out to my register (right next to TLE's) and relieved her.  She was on her way home in the VW by 12:30 and I was on my own.  It was a very pleasant afternoon NOT spent counting anything but change due each customer.  It was a moderately busy afternoon, but you will hear no complaints from moi about that.....for me it was a lovely, relaxing afternoon filled with pleasant, sometimes humorous conversations with customers of many nationalities.....exactly what I enjoy about working in a National Park.

At 5pm we (Cathy and I) locked the front doors, turned off the lights and then counted out our drawers.....Cathy is a floor supervisor, and also runs the Fountain/Deli during the day......and that was our Tuesday.....now for two off days to do some Grand Canyon exploring!  

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Desert View - Day 6 - Free.....free at last!

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7:20 am - Tuesday - November 14th - Grand Canyon - 38º F, humidity 30% (WOW, that's dry!), wind 3 mph out of the southwest.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 64º F.....another nice day in store.

We arrived at the General Store just before 6 am....normally we don't drive to work, but it was pitch black outside due to the predawn conditions.  We had been told that the outside auditing firm, Regis, would begin their audit at 7 am, but when we arrived the audit was already in progress.  Nonetheless, we felt slightly buoyant as this would, for sure, be the last day of counting.  This time the counting was mostly being done by someone else for a change, but there was still some counting going on as a number of employees were following along and verifying the numbers of the Regis folks.  Altogether I think we have counted everything 4 to 5 times.  

Initially TLE pulled her cash drawer and handled customers, but by 9:40 am I had pulled my drawer, which meant I was pretty much done with counting and was able to spend the bulk of the remainder of my day doing what I was hired to do......cashier.......I thought you might like some pictures of our work area for the next four months......


 Pano of the General Store interior...grocery on the right, retail in the middle, and the 'Fountain' on the left.

 Looking toward the grocery area....the various coolers are along the walls on three sides of the store


 My work area

Looking toward the 'Fountain' area......quite a bit bigger than our 'Fountain at Mammoth Hot Springs

.....while I loved the cozy ambiance of the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store, am also enjoying the spaciousness of our new digs.  You will note in my 'selfie' above that I am not wearing an apron....only the folks in the 'Fountain' wear aprons......I do miss the apron as I had pockets to store all my 'stuff' (pens, markers, box cutters, chapstick, etc.), but I do not miss that strap across the back of my neck all day.

Now, there are two cashier stations in the retail section of the store, and TLE and I are the main cashiers in the retail section.......others have drawers, but they are supervisors and managers and will spend 90% of their time this winter fulfilling those roles.....which is one reason we were able to so easily transfer over from Yellowstone.  TLE and I will be working the  same days, but different shifts......the two shifts are 7:30 am to 12:30 pm (5 hours of work, no lunch) and 12 pm to 5:30 pm (5.5 hours of work, no lunch).  We will alternate back and forth......TLE has the first 7:30 am shift (Tuesday), so I get to sleep in (and yes, I did sleep in).

Around 12:30 pm Monday the Regis folks were done counting, and suddenly things slowed down dramatically.  Our supervisor, Wayne, told TLE she could go home, but that would mean I would be there until 5:30 pm making my work day 11.5 hours.  I suggested that she go home and then come back and relieve me at 3 pm cutting my day down to 9 hours......Wayne immediately agreed, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

I spent the afternoon cashiering, and when I had time, merchandising.....that is more  down my alley, and I feel much more comfortable in that role.   It was a very pleasant afternoon.  TLE returned just before 3 pm, and by 3 pm I had pulled my drawer to count it down.  

They (Delaware North- Grand Canyon) have a slightly different 'countdown' system here than we had at Yellowstone.  Your countdown sheet has three columns......'Starting Balance' (always $400), but we must break that total down by denomination, then the middle column is where we record the 'Total Balance' of our drawer at the end of our shift (again broken down by denominations) which includes our $400 drawer, plus the total cash sales for the day.....at the bottom we subtract out our $400 drawer with the remainder being the amount we are dropping in the safe, and finally, the right column is where we record the 'End of Shift' breakdown by denomination of our new $400 cash drawer.  Needless to say this new system takes a little more time to process.  At Yellowstone we only counted out $300, but did not record the breakdown of denominations (pennies, nickles, dimes, etc.), and we did not total the cash sales amount we were dropping in the safe.  I don't know why we must be so specific here at the Grand Canyon, because when our deposit bags are picked up they are going to count them again anyway.....seems a little redundant to me, but hey, I'm just a worker bee and I'll do whatever they want.....it's all on their dime, right?  Now, all that being said, I have developed a new system of counting out my drawer which works for me, and maybe takes me 5 minutes longer than it did at Yellowstone, so in the end it's just a new system, and over the course of three days I have become comfortable with it.

I went home and took a much needed nap......man oh man I was tired!  Around 5:10 pm I drove back over to the store to pick up TLE....didn't want her walking home alone in the dark, and neither did she.  We had some of TLE's famous 'Chili' for dinner, and watched a few more episodes of 'Mad Men'.  We were both in bed before 10 pm, with moi looking forward to 'sleeping in'.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Desert View - Day 5 - And on it goes......

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4:25 am - Monday - November 13th - Grand Canyon - 34º F, humidity 36%, wind 1 mph out of the southwest......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 67º F.  Uggghhh!  Why am I up so early???  Well, today the auditors from Regis come to do their audit of our inventory, and we still have a few more things to count before they arrive at 7 am so we will be at work by 6 am, but we should be off early!  Today's blog about our Sunday will be brief for a number of reasons......my brain does not feel very creative at 4:25 am, I need to take a shower before we go to work, etc.  Thank you for your understanding.

We arrived for our Sunday marathon shift at 7:50 am.....TLE and I counted out our cash drawers and took them out to our registers, and then began.......yup, you guessed it.....counting inventory!  Well, I should say that's what I did.....TLE got to go through all the shelving in the store and merchandise.....this is what she did in her workaday life many years ago, and it is like second nature to her.  

Finally, we began to get customers in the store so I was able to retreat to my register and process customer's purchases.  When I wasn't busy I would return to counting inventory.  Gradually, because it was Sunday, the store got very busy for about 3-4 hours and I spent most of my time at my register, and that is how the rest of long Sunday went......we were finally excused to go home about 6:30 pm.

We had a couple of glasses of wine and I was in bed a little after 8 pm......TLE followed a short time later.  Looking forward to getting past inventory.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Desert View - Day 4 - Home stretch

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5:56 am - Sunday - November 12th - Grand Canyon - 28º F, humidity 48%, wind 2 mph out of the northeast.......will be cloudy today according to the forecast, and our high will be 63º F.....no rain, or snow in the forecast, but at Mammoth Hot Springs it is a different story this morning.....


Picture taken by our good friend Dodge....brrrrr!

The trail we walk on our way to work

As is our custom on good weather days, which is all we have had so far, we walked to work.....we got there about 15 minutes early, but that was by my design.....I wanted to be able to walk down to canyon rim near The Watchtower, and take a few pictures in the early morning light.....my pictures do not do the view justice.......




A couple of hawks photo bombed my picture!

 The view was long at 7:50 am



Saturday was a very long day......we reported for work at 8 am and didn't head for home until 6 pm.  It was also another day of firsts......both TLE and I had stints at the cash register.....her in the morning, and me after lunch until closing.  In between all that we continued to count, and verify prior counts.....and count, and count and count....oy vey!

In the morning I spent time back down at the Trading Post counting........


.....then I returned to the General Store to verify the 'beer' count in the large walk-in refrigerator.....that took the better part of two hours, and then it was 12:30 pm and time for lunch.  TLE beat me to the fountain where she ordered a large salad, and a 'Beef Dip', both of which we split....total cost...$7 and change.

At 1 pm I took over the cashier duties from TLE and she spent the afternoon counting inventory.  Around 3:30 pm the computer system began to slow down and it was taking 30-40 seconds for it to process each product I would scan, and then if the customer paid by credit card it would take 2-3 minutes instead of the usual 3-5 seconds.  It got so slow my line began to back up so TLE came to the rescue and opened up the other register to help process the customers.  It was a Saturday after all, and as might be expected we had a significant increase in visitors over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

We closed the doors at 5 pm at which time TLE and I helped some more with the daunting inventory count......by 5:30 we were counting out our drawers, and by 6 pm we were walking out the door and on our way home after a 10 hour day.

I spent the evening watching some great college football games....TLE's Miami Hurricanes stomped Notre Dame 41-8....'Bama barely prevailed over Mississippi State with a late touchdown, and Auburn upset #1 Georgia.  We were in bed by 10 pm and dreaming of Sunday....the last day of inventory.  It will be nice to settle into a more comfortable routine for the winter months.  It looks like our work week will consist of 25 hours a week, which will give us time to do some much anticipated hiking and exploring of this amazing National Park.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Desert View - Day 3 - That's bull!

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5:59 am - Saturday - November 11th - Grand Canyon - 38º F, 47% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the west.....clear skies, or so Weather.com tells me, as it is dark right now at just before 6 am....forecast high for today is 60º F.  We're on the home stretch on the inventory front, and we're going to get an early start today reporting for work at 8 am.

Friday was  a watershed day for TLE and I......we each received our 'bank', deposit box key, username and password, so we can begin to cashier starting Monday when the counting of the inventory is finished.  Unlike Mammoth Hot Springs we will maintain a $400 cash drawer throughout our Grand Canyon sojourn.

Around mid morning TLE and I were sent over to the 'Trading Post' to help with counting inventory, which involved counting inventory not yet put out for display, much of which was contained in cupboards underneath the display cases.  Not my favorite thing to sit on cold concrete, but it is only temporary.  We took our lunch break at 1 pm as we had the prior two days, and were back counting inventory from 1:30 pm to 5 pm to close out our day.  There is nothing else remarkable to report.

One of the things I like about this Desert View location is being able to walk to and from work with most of the walk being along a dirt path through the juniper forest.....I'll have to remember to take some pictures.......it is really a nice walk!

We punched the time clock at 5 pm and were on our way walking home shortly thereafter......we were both walking along talking about our day when we rounded a bend in the trail to find ourselves face to face with a large bull elk....all by himself eating juniper foliage.......


....TLE got the best picture (above)......we were standing around 20-25 feet from the bull at this point.......I'm not used to being this close to a bull, cow or calf, and, frankly, I was a little antsy about being that close, especially when he would raise his head and give us the 'stink eye'.....


......after snapping a few pictures I encouraged TLE to move on down the trail away from the bull.....I'm pretty sure rutting season is over, so the bulls are not as aggressive as they were a month ago, but I feel much better when there is more distance between my body and any bull elk.

For the second evening in a row I fired up the Sea-B-Que to grill some Nathans hot dogs, and some hamburgers.....we spent the evening catching up on some recorded programs such as 'Survivor', Blacklist, and Gold Rush before turning in early so we could get an early start Saturday.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Desert View - Day 2 - Taking inventory

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7:04 am - Friday - November 10th - Grand Canyon - 36º F, humidity 59%, wind 4 mph out of the west by southwest......forecast high for today is 63º F with partly cloudy skies....good morning from the Grand Canyon.......


Our Thursday workday began at 10 am, and we got right into the work of the day.....taking inventory.  That means seemingly endless counting of every item not yet put out for sale in the store.....every Baby Ruth candy bar, refrigerator magnet, bottle of beer, t-shirt, scarf, souvenir key chain.....well, you get the picture, right?  In order to reduce the number of things we had to count we first filled up all the empty spots in the shelving throughout the store, and set about counting in the back room.

There is no cell service inside the store for whatever reason, and it is spotty outside, so we just put our cell phones on 'Airplane Mode' during the day so the batteries don't wear down trying to find non-existent cell service.  Back at our RV site the service is excellent....2-3 bars of LTE all the time, but just 1/2 mile away at the store it is difficult to get 1-2 bars of 3G......and that tiny spot is about 50 feet from the entrance to the store near a trash can.....if I stand very still and hold my phone still then I can get emails, texts, and social media.

There is nothing else to report about Thursday except that we are enjoying our work environment, and fellow employees.  There is always a learning curve on any new job which involves remembering everyone's name.....there is Wayne, Dakota, Scott, Cathy, Sherry, Peggy, Kevin, Jonathon, Michael, Ashley, and Ian so far.  Ian is our cashier supervisor, then Wayne is over him as Assistant Manager, and then Dakota is the General Manager of all the Desert View facilities (Chevron station, Trading Post, General Store).  We've got three more days of inventory which may, or may not include some overtime Sunday night......it all has to be done by Monday morning when the auditors arrive.

The weather has been pretty moderate here at 7,400' elevation so far.....the overnight lows are in the low to mid 30's.....not too bad, but I know it will get steadily colder, and there will be snow at some point.....that will be interesting....especially when it doesn't melt the next day.

We made our 1/2 mile walk home at 5 pm.....I lit the Sea-B-Que to grill some carne asada for tacos.......TLE did the rest.....we were in bed by 11 pm.....and that was our Thursday.

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