7:53 am - Saturday - September 16th - 32º F, humidity 100%, wind 3 mph out of the west northwest.....heavy cloud cover and a sprinkling of snow on our picnic table.....the power went off again around 12 am......got down to 48º F inside our Newell.....power came back on at 5 pm.....this morning would be much different if we still had no power. Forecast high today in Gardiner, MT is 46º F, and 39º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY......I can see snow on the mountains to the south of us, so there is probably snow on the ground in Mammoth Hot Springs.
We had the 'MID1' shift (9:30 am to 5:30 pm) once again on Friday......the temp at Mammoth Hot Springs never got above 37º F.....all the doors and windows were closed all day, and there were no fans running. It was the first time in over 2 months I was happy to be surrounded by heat making equipment.
Friday was, by far, the slowest day this summer in the General Store. We stood talking about this and that, and on the rare occasions when a customer approached the 'Fountain' it was almost irritating that we had to interrupt our conversation to conduct business.....😊
It rained all morning and into the afternoon, and around 4 pm it began to snow......
......I had been seeing posts on Facebook from friends around the park and saw it was snowing at Old Faithful, Dunraven Pass, and West Yellowstone......as the title to yesterday's missive declared.....'And Summer becomes Winter', winter seems to have arrived in Yellowstone National Park with no courtship, and certainly no apologies......just a week ago it was 90º F. The snow never stuck to the ground, but it did begin sticking to our VW just before the end of our shift.
We said goodbye to two more co-workers Friday.....Anthony and Peter who are from Ghana, and are returning to university in the Czech Republic. We enjoyed their work ethic, and we enjoyed getting to know them over the course of the last 5, or 6 weeks.....they will be missed!
We were off work at 5:30 pm, and home by 5:45 pm turning on heaters to take the chill off the interior. I also switched out my fresh water hose for the heated water hose I bought last April when we arrived at TVC to freezing temperatures at night. We will have mostly sub 30 temps the next two weeks, with a few nights in the high teens, so we are quite happy we bought that hose. It would have been nice to have a few weeks of Fall weather prior to our departure on October 5th, but that was not to be.
As I write, we have lost power again (around 8 am) and have been running the big 7.5 kw generator to power our electric heaters for the last 45 minutes.....hoping power is restored before we leave for work today at 11 am!
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