"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, June 3, 2009


It rained all last night and I awoke to more rain. The ground must of gotten saturated as there was a landslide somewhere. The landslide knocked out the power to the park. We opened the store to no electricity and spent the first hour in chaos. The workers from the fountain became personal shoppers. Their duties were to escort guests through the store (some with flashlights) and record UPC codes and prices that they would bring to the cashiers. If a credit card was used we had to use those old 'knucklebusters'. The power was only out for 2 hours. The electric company really busted butt to get it back up and going. It was rainy and cloudy for the rest of the day but the sun poked through right when I got off from work.

Jack, the floor supervisor, and Jean, the store manager, called me into her office today. GULP!! It turns out that Jack had asked Jean if I could be in charge of the knife displays in the store. Knives are a huge collectors item and we have 2 displays behind glass as well as a shelf display and some on a rack. I will keep watch over the inventory, order more in and keep the displays attractive and filled. I'm grateful and happy that of all the employees in the store they thought I was trustworthy enough to take on the responsibilty.

There is still occassional piles of snow in Canyon. We have had some warm days that have melted most of the blankets of snow. I still can't walk of the stairs from the side of the dorm as there is a snowdrift at the bottem. Sometimes I get chunks of snow to put in my cooler so that I can have cold Mt. Dew. The huge drifts that were taller than my car in Hayden Valley have all melted away. The north slopes of the mountains are still streaked with white.