7:40 am - Wednesday - December 13th - Grand Canyon - 31º F, 27% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the south.....forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 56º F.....time to go hike the South Kaibab Trail!
Day 33 here at the Desert View Watchtower was like so many before it......clear blue skies, no wind, with a high temperature of 56º F, and it was also our 'Friday'.....TLE had the 'open' shift and I got to sleep in until 7......I always try to be up before TLE heads to work.
I hadn't talked with my mother in a while so I called her about 9:15 and talked with her until almost 10 am. It was probably the best conversation we have had in years, and I am glad I took the time to call and check in on her up in Spokane, WA. From there I transitioned to the trailer and did a quick 30 minute spin on my stationary bike, then back inside for a shower, and a quick bite to eat before it was time for me to trundle off to my 'close' shift.
In spite of it 'feeling' quite slow all afternoon I managed to generate over $200 in cash sales.....TLE says she did slightly more on her 'open' shift. Near the end of my shift one of our Deli employees came in the front door to tell us there was a large bull elk foraging just outside the store, so I went out to snap a few pictures, and a short video of the occasion.....
.......he hung out around the store for about an hour before drifting off into the juniper forest and down the hill towards Cameron. At one point I saw a few tourists standing within 5 feet of this 700 pound wild animal taking pictures as if this were a petting zoo. In fact, one of them asked me if the elk was a pet! I reminded everyone present that this was a WILD, unpredictable animal and that if it felt cornered, or threatened it might attack.......everyone who was in close proximity immediately moved back about 30'.
I was on my way home by 5:30 looking forward to being off work for a couple of days, and being able to do some more hiking and exploring with TLE.
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