"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

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Kid on the Block

This week Neil was the newest kid on the block. He is from Paris and speaks so-so English. A person really has to listen and concentrate when talking to him. He has spent his time here working as a custodian but on his time off he has nothing to do but watch tv. This morning Hank & Mickie took Neil to Lake to try out the employee exercise equipment in Lake Lodge. We have exercise equipment in Canyon but it consists of 3 machines.

This afternoon I took a turn escorting Neil around and took him on my favorite drive, the north loop. He had only seen bison and 2 elk so I was hoping to show him some other wildlife. Right across the road from Roaring Mountain I saw a coyote leaping over logs but Neil missed it. We eventually found a herd of big horn sheep that were been encroached upon by a hoard of people. Luckily 2 rangers showed up to save the animals. North of Tower we came across a black bear browsing through the brush. Further down the road we came across our second black bear wandering through the downfall.

After returning to Canyon my afternoon was pretty mundane. It consisted of laundry, reading a book and almost taking a nap. We got a couple new people today and we are expecting kids from Taiwan on Monday.