7:04 am - Wednesday - November 8th - Grand Canyon - 26º F, humidity 57%, wind - CALM.....clear blue skies .....forecast high is 57º F. Glad I finished installing our heated water hose yesterday! Today will be our first official day of work....we report at 10 am....I already like the start time.....😊
Tuesday began with very ominous looking skies.....it rained on an off all night long, and things were quite wet outside, but we were as 'snug as two bugs in rug' as they say. Tuesday was also our 'check-in' day at Delaware North Human Resources over in the main Grand Canyon Village about 25 miles west of our location. They check-in new employees between 10 am and 2 pm every Tuesday. It's about a 40 minute drive so we left Desert View around 9:20 am to make the drive. Just like Yellowstone the maximum speed limit within Grand Canyon National Park is 45 mph. The main difference, however, is this is now the winter season when fewer people are in the park, and there are no bison, elk, or antelope to cause traffic jams......just the odd deer here and there.
The last time we were over at the main village was about 3 years ago, and believe me, the road system over there is NOT intuitive.....they have a bunch of one-way streets, and you always feel like you're going in circles. It was no different for us this time....we got lost a couple of times, but finally found our way to the Delaware North HR building (located behind the General Store, which is more like a full on supermarket......just with much higher prices).
We were in and out of HR in about 90 minutes, and on our way back to Desert View to check out the General Store there, get our first work schedule, and to meet our managers (Dakota-manager, and Wayne - assistant manager). Dakota (2o something male) was in meetings, but Wayne was there and showed us around the store, gave us our first weekly schedule.....we will have Monday's and Tuesday's off, and work Wednesday through Sunday each week. Our initial hours will be 10 am to 5:30 pm....we will most likely be on full 8 hour work days by our next schedule. This week Wayne will get us integrated into the store operations. Thankfully, we already know the software from our stint in Yellowstone, so it will just be a matter of acclimating to the local customs and procedures.
After our store tour we walked around the Watchtower area taking a few pictures........
......this is going to be a beautiful place to spend the winter! So far everything about this location has exceeded our expectations!