Friday, September 1, 2017

June, July, August and now September......

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7:36 am - Friday - September 1st - 49º F, humidity 56%, wind 1 mph out of the north northeast....sunny, but hazy.....a lot of smoke from those fires!  Forecast high for Gardiner, MT is 83º F, and 80º F for Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.  I see on my calendar that the date is September 1st....where did June, July and August go?  Today we begin the Labor Day weekend and then it is just 4.5 short weeks until our sojourn in Yellowstone National Park is finished.....still a lot of time to hike and explore!

Thursday we had the 'MID1' shift which had us arriving at the General Store around 10:45 am for our 11 am start time.  Upon arriving I found that I had been moved from the 'Fountain' to the retail desk to be a cashier for the day.....they had a couple of people missing from the 'OPEN' shift, so a few of us had to be moved around to cover all the positions.  As it turned out Thursday was another 'unbusy' day.  We are seeing very few school aged children now that almost all the schools have reconvened for the Fall semester.  We are, however, seeing many more retired folk....makes sense, right?

Thursday was also the beginning of friends finishing their tenure at the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store.....we said 'until next time' to Ayla who will be a senior in high school this year, and had to head back to school on Tuesday.  Friday we will say our 'until next times' to Linda and Barbara who are heading back to their homes in Texas.  This is not my favorite time of the seasonal job cycle.  Over the next couple of weeks another half dozen folks will be leaving us.

Something of note to report.....the bull elk have begun to come out of the local mountains for the rutting season.....the bull elk shown below has been nicknamed 'Touchdown' by the locals.....these pictures of him were taken by Kristal Leonard, our General Store manager, within the past couple of days.  This bull elk can be dangerous if you get between him and one of his ladies.......look at the size of that 'rack'......



......in a short period of time we will be treated to the 'bugling' of the elk as they call to their mates.....

Just a sample of what 'bugling' sounds like

.....the rest of our day was quite nondescript....in fact, things became so slow TLE and I were allowed to leave work an hour early (6 pm).....and that's all I have to say about that!

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