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Monday, August 21, 2017

YNP - Day # 67 - Bizzaro Sunday

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6:34 am - Monday - August 21st - 45º F, humidity 60%, wind 2 mph out of the north.....clear skies....still a lot of haze in the air from fires, but we will be able to see the eclipse in spite of the haze.....actually the haze may help....we'll see.

It seems like we have been here in Yellowstone National Park for way more than 67 days, but that is the correct total....I had to use all my fingers and toes to count, and I'm pretty sure I'm within a day, or so of the correct total.  Seriously though, it does seem longer.  Our lives have been so packed with activity since we arrived on June 15th, and I am sure that contributes to my feeling of having been here longer.

As busy as Saturday was, and it is now verified that Saturday was the highest grossing day ever at Mammoth Hot Springs General Store, Sunday was the complete opposite.....it was 'Bizzaro Sunday'.....for those who grew up reading Superman comic books you will get my reference.  Apparently all those SE* maniacs who deluged our store with business on Saturday had arrived at their destinations by Saturday evening, because we had the lowest grossing day of the entire summer on Sunday......one extreme to another.  There was so little foot traffic that numerous of our co-workers opted to head home early....with permission, of course.  Those of us left ran out of things to do.  By the time our lunch rolled around at 6 pm it felt more like 9:30 pm.....the time we close the store......just a handful of folks shopping.

I wish I had more to write about concerning Saturday, but I do not.....we are up earlier than normal today (Monday) as we will be hiking up to Bunsen Peak  with three co-workers this morning to watch the solar eclipse.  According to the Yellowstone website FAQ's the 'solar event' will begin around 10:15 am and will finish around 1 pm with the main event, the almost total eclipse of the sun occurring around 11:36 am in our location.  Our totality will be, on Bunsen Peak, around 98.5%.


How long will the eclipse last?
In Yellowstone, the eclipse will occur between 10:15 am and 1 pm. The eclipse will “peak” around 11:36 am for a little over two minutes. Yellowstone is not in the path of totality, so only a partial eclipse will be visible.

So with this all too brief recap of Sunday's events I will leave you until tomorrow's missive becomes reality.....thanks for stopping by!

* SE = Solar Eclipse


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1 comment:

  1. Amazing how the retail business works, feast or famine, and like you said the slow days really drag.... Hope you eclipse is a good one for you. We are hoping for a 70% one here.

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