8:07 am - Saturday - 50º F, 75% humidity, wind 4 mph out of the west northwest.......cloudy and drizzly right now, but there is the promise of sun later today and a forecast high of 67º F.
Our first full 8 hour shift at the Yellowstone General Store in Mammoth Hot Springs began at 1:30 pm so we had about 5 hours to run some errands before we reported for work. First up was our drug testing at the Mammoth Clinic (9:30 am for TLE and 10 am for moi). We arrived around 9:20 am, signed in and then began our 'wait' in the 'WAITING ROOM'.......as Jerry Seinfeld says....."When it's called a WAITING ROOM there is no way you are not going to WAIT, and WAIT we did. Finally bout 10:15 am TLE was called to donate a her urine sample, and then it was my turn a few minutes later. We were out just before 10:30 and on to our next errand.....get a P. O. Box at the Mammoth Hot Springs USPS.....I guess we could have gotten a P. O. Box at the Gardiner, MT USPS, but who doesn't want to have an address that ends in Yellowstone National Park,WY? We secured our box for a 6 month period, the shortest period available, at a total cost of $30, and were on our way to our next task.....get a YNP employee sticker for our driver's side window to expedite our passage each day through the Roosevelt Gate into YNP. There is no charge for this, but you must provide a copy of your vehicle registration, insurance, driver's license, and employee ID card, and then fill out a short application form. It took just a few minutes to secure the coveted employee sticker, and we were on our way back home by 11:30.
On our way home we received a call from our Delaware North HR person advising the Yellowstone RV Park owner wanted us to move our Newell, and trailer to different sites.....he felt we were too big for site 11 and wanted us to put the Newell in site 17, and the trailer in site 18. She advised us there would be no extra charge for the trailer, which was a relief to us. The cool thing is we have so much more room now, and the trailer is right next to us, so how could we complain? We did, however, have to move everything right away, so as soon as we arrived back at the RV park we got busy and had everything moved within 30 minutes.
By this time it was around 12:15 pm, and we wanted to be ready to drive back into YNP for our 1:30 shift time by 12:45 to be sure we were not late. We were back in the VW at that time and heading for Mammoth Hot Springs......it only took us a little over 10 minutes, and we arrived just before 1 pm.....better early than late, right?