"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ice Cream

Not much to report on the job front. I worked the cash register in confections again today. I work right next to big slabs of fudge. Good thing I really don't like fudge or else I would be waddling by the end of summer. But when it comes to the guest I gush over which of the flavors is my absolute favorite (though I have never even tasted any of them). While the fudge is on my right side the ice cream is on my left side. Ice cream is good but I have not tasted it yet. I don't scoop the ice cream but to be honest it is a really tough job that no one enjoys. Last year a lady came to work in the store and scooped ice cream for 1 week and quit. Her wrist really started to cause her a lot of pain. There is a certain technique that needs to be used to help prevent wrist pain. My advise to everyone is to be nice to ice cream scoopers!

After dinner Carl and I went over to Madison to see some bison by the Madison River. The park service had everyone who was driving the road pull over to the side and turn of their engines as they once again herded to bison and their babies away from the park border with West Yellowstone. This is the 3rd time that I am aware of, there might of been more. The herding process caused a 2 hour delay on the road but it is quite a show for anyone parked on the side. I know I enjoyed it when I got caught up in the herding. Though Carl and I did see some bison with an intermingling of elk there was only 2 babies to be found. Hopefully all the mama bison escorted their younguns further to the interior of the park ~ and hopefully they are heading to Hayden Valley.

While on the topic of Hayden Valley I did my nightly drive through there. The bison are really moving in! As well as the elk herds. Yippee! The baby elk are usually born the first week in June so we are not too far off. I took video of a big bison swimming across the Yellowstone River and then took the time to watch a flock of birds swarm over Elk Antler Creek. They remind me of a sheet as they all fly in unison.