5:43 am - Saturday - September 30th - 39º F, humidity 84%, wind 5 mph out of the southwest......cloudy with rain on the way this afternoon.....forecast high for Gardiner, MT is 56º, and 54º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY. Tomorrow is a new month.....October here we come!
So, Friday has come and gone......just 'another day in paradise' as my good friend Roscoe would say. For the second day in a row the weather was idyllic......low 60's, no wind, mostly clear skies.....we even opened all the entrance doors for the second day in a row. The day began slowly, but ramped up to a moderately busy day.....I'm guessing we did over $10,000 again.
I spent the day in the 'Fountain' running the register about 98% of the time while Addie and Jonah scooped ice cream, which was what I expected. They prefer not to be attached to the register, and that is fine with me. By 5 pm, closing time for the 'Fountain', the customers had all but disappeared.
Jonah, Addie and I had the 'Fountain' cleaned and ready for Saturday's business by 5:20 at which time I pulled my cash drawer to count it down for another day. I'll do that 4 more times, and that is what it has come down to for me......4 more times driving up the Gardiner River Gorge......4 more times driving down.....4 more days working in the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store.....4 more days with our YNP friends......4 more days living in Gardiner, MT. When we began our sojourn in YNP in mid June the days seemed 'unlimited', but now they have become quite finite. Soon we will be changing our view without going through escrow. We will simply drop the trailer on the hitch of the Newell and roll our 10 wheels once again.
With the end of our time in YNP my mind begins to think about what comes next......a round trip flight to SoCal for our son, Tim's wedding, our trip south to the Grand Canyon.....where will we stop along the way.....what will we see that is new.....what new friendships await us. The future is not yet written, but thinking about the possibilities makes me happy.
We were home by 6:20 at which time I quickly changed clothes and began straightening up the interior of the trailer so TLE and I could drag the artificial turf inside before the rain comes. It took me less than an hour to clear the rear of the trailer and then it was time for TLE to help me fold up the turf, and then drag it over to the trailer. In just over an hour from start to finish I was once again locking the rear ramp door, and the turf was inside. All the bikes are stowed for travel.....there is a little left to do, but that will all be inside the trailer, so the rain/snow will not be a factor.
In the middle of getting the trailer organized I noticed we were the beneficiaries of another wonderful Montana sunset......
.....the end of the season is upon us......Yellowstone RV Park will be closing for the winter in four weeks.....one of the two camp hosts has already departed. Time is moving forward, life is good and I am content.
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