It seem as if winter will not come to the Grand Canyon this year. With rare one, or two exceptions here and there we have daily highs in the 40-50º F range. Typically the overnight lows get into the 20's, but not much lower. From talking with others who have been here for at least a year, last year's winter was pretty harsh.....it began snowing in October and there was snow on the ground until April. Please don't misunderstand.....I'm happy this winter has, so far, been on the mild side. We have not had to make avery big adjustment in our lifestyle....so far. There is almost always a 2-3 hour period every day where you can stand outside wearing just a t-shirt and shorts. I know we still have 8 more weeks, and the weather could turn terribly south any day now, but based on the current 14 day forecast it looks as if we will get a couple of cold days Saturday and Sunday with a 50% chance of snow and temps in the 30's, but that's it for the next 14 days. Otherwise, it 40's and 50's as far as the eye can see.
To date (68 days) our city water supply has only frozen two times, and only for about an hour each time. I've attached heat tape to each hose bib to which my heated water hose is attached and that seems to have stemmed the freezing. We get a few cloudy days here and there, but mostly we have clear skies, or at worst partly cloudy skies.
I had the 'close' shift Tuesday so I was able to sleep in until 7 am.....I always make sure I am up before TLE heads off to work to give her a hug and tell her I love her. I spent the morning finishing another book. I was at work by 11:55 am, and had my cash drawer counted in a few minutes later. It had not been a very busy day up to that point....TLE dropped just over $50. I, on the other hand, dropped $337.10 at the end of my shift. It seems that post holiday our average cash drop each day, combined, is about $400 with the weekends being slightly higher. The next big holiday here is Presidents Day coming in mid February, but until then we are mostly seeing Asians and Europeans right now.
I was home by 5:30 pm, and eating a lovely taco dinner by 6 pm.....TLE makes the best tacos. Well, let's face it.....she makes the best everything.....I tell her on a daily basis I am a lucky guy and she almost always replies "Yes you are!".
I was able to speak with Dakota, our manager, about having TLE do all the 'close' shifts and me all the 'open' shifts from now on and he approved it, so now we will have continuity for our remaining 8 weeks. I don't especially like getting up at 5:30 am every day, but at least now I will have the same schedule every day I work, and will have my afternoons free.
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