"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, May 6, 2010

Old Friends

Wednesday morning various locations in Hayden Valley were covered by a low lying fog.
Frosty bison by Sulphur Cauldron Wednesday morning. The trees that had fallen across the road from the wind and then cut up the previous morning are visible.
Yellowstone River from Fishing Bridge Wednesday morning. It was 0 degrees at the time. The sun was just ready to rise over the ridge in the back.

An interesting thing happened at the store this week. A letter arrived addressed to Hamilton Stores with no return address. When it was opened it contained a $100 bill and a short note saying: This is for a knife taken from the store many years ago. The handwriting appeared to be an elderly males (though I am no handwriting expert). He obviously has spent many years wracked with guilt over having taken a knife and decided to set things right with his heart. It made us feel good that someone wanted very desperately to do the right thing and we very much hope that he is at peace now. It goes to show that it is never too late to do the right thing.
I spent Tuesday evening puppy sitting for Patrick while he was at meetings in Bozeman. It feels good to spend some time with animals. I have always loved animals and there are very few things that feel as good as a big old sloppy puppy kiss. So there is no surprise that tonight I jumped at the chance to walk, feed and play with Jack and Rosie's dogs while they are in West Yellowstone for the night.

People that I worked with last year at the YGS in Canyon are beginning to trickle in. I was taken pleasantly by surprise when Jack & Rosie walked into the store this morning. Lots of hugs and catching up soon followed. Then later in the day Ken and Joanne came in. I had already spent time visiting with Jackie & John but they stopped in, too and we spent some time chatting. Jean & Roy are here and I planted a seed in Roy's head about making the garlic pesto ravioli that I love (I also volunteered to be a taste tester). So my day was filled with reunions with old friends. Tomorrow new people will be showing up who will be spending the summer at the big store. I can already feel that I have some new friends coming my way.

This afternoon Lee was walking on the road by the cabins at Canyon. As she walked she heard a sort of a huff. She thought it was her jacket rubbing and continued on. Then she heard it again. She turned and noticed a grizzly bear (Scarface?) about 30 yards from her. Luckily it was turning and walking away from her. She put her hand on her bear spray and decided to head the other direction. I am so happy that things turned out the way it did for her and now she has a great story to call home about.