5:51 am - Tuesday - October 3rd - Happy birthday to me! - 24º F (I believe it), humidity 82%, wind 3 mph out of the west by northwest......seems much higher than that.....at least 10 mph....cloudy with a forecast high today in Gardiner, MT of 48º F, and 44º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY. No rain forecast today. As I sit here composing my latest missive the birthday wishes are dinging on my Galaxy Note 5 cell phone. I've been saying I'm 68 for about 6 months now so I could get used to the sound of it.....now that the big day is here it seems kind of anti climatic. Maybe I should take up TLE's tradition of saying she is just celebrating the anniversary of her 49th birthday each year.......hmmmm.
Well, Monday is in the history books, and we are down to 'one more time' driving up and then down the Gardiner River Gorge......that's it.....una vez mãs.....as Ferris Bueller is oft and famously quoted......"Life moves pretty fast....if you don't stop and look around once and a while you could miss it". Thankfully we have been sitting in one place for almost 3.5 months, and while we have missed seeing a few things we made a gallant effort at seeing all the things that held interest for us this time around. We found out that even if you have 3.5 months of weekends it is still almost impossible to see everything in YNP in that span of time. Nevertheless, I believe we now have a good working knowledge of this, the first National Park in the world.
We arrived for our second to last work day at the Mammoth Hot Springs General store just after 8:30 am, and within a few minutes were busily getting our stations ready for the opening of the store at 9 am. There are always a number of folks standing outside awaiting for the doors to be opened at 9 am so we get this initial flurry of activity as the store opens, then things settle down to almost nothing for about an hour.
The outdoor temp never got above 38º F, and every customer coming through our door was wearing winter outerwear. Ice cream sales were slow, as one might expect, but pretzel sales were brisk all day long. We were fully staffed Monday so I remained at my 'Fountain' assignment for the entire day switching on and off the register with my co-worker Michael.
It was a strictly 'plain vanilla' day at the General Store with nothing new to report.......Michael and I cleaned the 'Fountain' area beginning at 5 pm, and were done by 5:30 pm.....I counted down my cash drawer for the 2nd to last time and was on my way home with TLE a little after 6. We spent the evening watching the recorded finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance' which was won by Lex. This is really a popularity contest since the winner is chosen by the viewers of the show, and the best dancer is not always the winner, however, this year I would have been happy with any of the four finalists winning.
We were in bed a little after 9:30 pm thinking about our last day working at the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store, and also about what we still need to do before we rolls our wheels Wednesday.
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