5:39 am - Sunday - March 4th - Grand Canyon - 32º F, 74% humidity, wind 20 mph out of the southwest......forecast for today is for very windy, partly cloudy with a high of 38º F.....no snow....thankfully! Was windy all night long with gusts well into the 40's at times....right now the coach is rockin' and a rollin'!
Saturday began rather benignly......no wind, clear blue skies and another day at the General Store. Saturday's are usually our busiest day of the week, but you just never know about Saturday's until they happen. We had barely unlocked the front doors at 8 am when our first two customers walked through the door.....that's the first time we've had that happen since we began working here on November 6th. By 9 am I had processed 10 customers, and it continued like that throughout the remainder of my 5 hour shift. You wouldn't know it by my cash deposit of $109, but I had a ton of credit card sales. TLE reports that she dropped almost $500, and at one time our floor manager had to run the other register for about 30 minutes it got so crowded.
In anticipation of our friends' Roscoe and Geni (we met and worked with them in the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store for 4 months this past summer) arrival at the Grand Canyon to visit us I had made reservations at the 'Arizona Room' (Bright Angel Lodge) for 6:30 pm to have cocktails and dinner with them. I didn't know if they were going to arrive Saturday, or Sunday......Geni had just sent me a vague text earlier in the week that they would 'call' when they arrived. Well, by 3 pm they had not called, so I was beginning to wonder if I should cancel our reservation. I was sitting in my recliner reading when there was an unexpected knock at our door, and there they were.....Roscoe and Geni in the flesh! I love surprises like that!
They had just come from the store where they had also surprised TLE....we hugged and then talked for about an hour non-stop. They have been spending the winter down at the Parker Strip were we spent a week last winter, so it was a quick hop up to the Grand Canyon. About 4:15 they began their drive back to Tusayan where they were staying and agreed to meet us for dinner at the Arizona Room. They were also expecting some friends to join us, and we agreed to have them join us for dinner.
TLE was home from her shift by 5:30, and we were out the door by 5:45 on our way to the Village. Parking around Bright Angel Lodge is always difficult, and even more so now that there is a lot of winter road construction and repair in progress. We arrived around 6:15, and after driving through 5 parking lots finally found someone backing out of a parking spot just after 6:20. The parking spot was about a 5 minute walk to the restaurant, and after a brisk, wind swept walk we arrived to find Roscoe and Geni with their long time friends from Ohio....Drew and Annabelle. What a delightful addition they were to our dinner party......