7:19 am - Tuesday - December 12th - Grand Canyon - 35º F, 15% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the southeast....sunny today with a forecast high of 59º F......WOW.....it's a heatwave!
Every time I think winter is going to finally tighten her grip on the weather here at Desert View we seem to get another reprieve, and a few days in the high 50's, low 60's, and that is where we found ourselves Monday once again.....the forecast high was for 51, but it got to 56º F, and we'll get a few days into the 60's, so it appears that mother winter will be held at bay for another 7-10 days......YAY for our team!
I had the 'open' shift Monday, but overslept as you may have gathered from my abbreviated early post. I didn't wake up, or should I say TLE woke me up at 6 am, which only gave me about 30 minutes to compose my blog, and I need about 45 on most typical days, so instead of rushing to get something out, I put it off until the afternoon after my shift. I had, as you know, a few videos to upload to YouTube and the broadband was a little sluggish so it was taking too long to get them uploaded and edited.
I was out the door and on my walk to work by my usual 7:15 am, and on premises by 7:25 am, as usual. We had the good folks from RGIS at our store again to redo their audit of our inventory that was botched a month ago. I haven't talked a lot about the recount as neither TLE, nor my self had more than a tangential role this time around. Our main responsibility is being cashiers, and taking care of customers. The inventory mess was not just our store, but all the stores here at the Grand Canyon. At any rate, by the time I arrived RGIS (pronounced 'regis') had been doing their count for almost 2 hours, and were finished with our store by 8:30......glad that is done!
Unlike most mornings recently we had customers as soon as we opened the doors for business at 8 am, and the morning stayed relatively busy until the end of my shift.....that was a nice change, and helped the time to pass quickly. I was on my way home a little after 12:30.....this is when I noticed it was much warmer than forecast.
Monday was also the day of the annual Delaware North Christmas party which was being held on the west end of the park at a steakhouse in Tusayan (pronounced too-sī-on) called Big E Steakhouse at 6:30 pm. TLE was home from work just after 5:30 pm, and we were on our way driving the 30 miles to Tusayan by 5:45.....we arrived just at 6:30 and quickly found an empty table. Soon we were joined by our friend Art Young who I have written about a few times in the past. He works at the Marketplace store at Grand Canyon Village where we have done some shopping, and also eaten a couple of meals in their Deli. As always it was great to be able to sit with Art and talk. We ended up planning to meet this Wednesday at the Yaki Point parking lot to hike a portion of the South Kaibab trail.....looking forward to that a lot.
The meal was buffet style, and we had options of bacon wrapped chicken, salmon, or pork......I had the salmon, and was so glad I chose it......flavorful, moist, well seasoned! The party was still going on at 8:30, so we decided it was time to make the return drive to Desert View so TLE could get to bed for her 'open' shift on Tuesday. We were in the car by 8:45, and home just before 9:30. The drive home through the pitch black, moonless night was interesting, but we had no wildlife sightings......nothing like an uneventful drive home! There is always the risk of encountering a random elk, or mule deer on the highway.
In closing I received a Facebook message from a college friend who remains, to this day, one of my best friends. He asked where were were, and said he and his wife missed us. We haven't been able to see them for a few years now....the last time we were in their area two years ago they were on the east coast so we weren't able to hook up. They have a large piece of property on Whidbey Island in Washington State and have a permanent 30 amp hookup for us when we are there. At any rate I hadn't talked with him in a few months, and had been thinking about him for a few days so I called. We talked for nearly an hour, and ended our conversation as we most often do laughing til we almost cried. I'm so glad I called.....if someone is on your mind, don't ignore it.....give them a call!
Thanks for stopping by!