"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

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Road Closures

The snow this morning continued and got heavier. The roads out of Canyon were finally closed as cars were having trouble crossing from Norris to Canyon. And, of course, Dunraven Pass was closed, and still is. Tour buses had come to Canyon and they were stranded here for a few hours and people checking out of the campground, lodge and cabins were unable to go anywhere either. The electricity flashed on and off a few times but luckily did not go out all together. We sold a lot of snacks, books and cards to help people bide their time. The roads eventually opened after a couple hours after the snowplows cleared the roads. I also heard about an accident down by West Thumb but I don't know the details. In the end we got about 6 inches of snow.

I think my last day in groceries was today. I will now spend my days cashiering in gifts. The stores hours will start being longer tomorrow. We will open at 8:00am and close at 8:00pm and after another week or so the hours will be 7:30am until 9:00pm. Split shifts will start tomorrow.

After work I went to Hayden Valley. There is still a powdering of snow on the ground there (most of the snow melted this afternoon). Looking to the mountains I see that most of them are covered in white again. I found one of the bison herds by the road and it appears to be one that came from the west. There were tons of babies. Most of the adults were taking their early evening siesta while the babies were just starting to awaken and had taken to running, jumping and butting each each other. A couple had even taken to the road to stop traffic. They learn early.