"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, February 27, 2011

Sun shining on the Blacktail Plateau
 With another beautiful morning I went for a drive to Lamar again.  I had to capture the moment of the sun shining on the plateau.  The wind had smoothed the snow in areas and some patches reminded me of lakes because of the waves of snow. 
Herd of bison on the Blacktail Plateau

Snowplows working to keep the roads clear of snow
 The road maintenance crews are working very hard on keeping the roads clear of the never ending blowing snow.  Though the mornings are relatively calm the wind seems to start to blow around 11:00 each morning.  Here the plows are cutting the snow on the sides of the road. 
Lamar Valley
 I only saw 3 bison in Lamar Valley until I got to the hitching posts.  There I saw a small herd.  Two of the rams were grazing across from the hitching posts.  A group of photographers had congregated in the parking area so I just took a quick glance and drove on.
Loader moving snow 
Loaders are being used in areas where are no places to push the snow.  This loader was clearing an area where the road met with the base of a hill on one side.  Loaders are also being used on the Blacktail at times so that the snow can be picked up and moved to areas where there are not huge drifts.

I only have 6 more weeks left in Mammoth.  Then I will be off to the Adventure Store for the 2011 summer season.  I am rather excited about it since we have been planning on some changes with the store.  It was decided that we would keep our small food service area open the entire season.  The previous couple of years it was only open in the spring and fall when Canyon General was closed.  We have been taste testing numerous new soups that we will be serving as well as discussing some new grocery items and outdoor gear.  Jack and Lee will be returning this year but the rest of the crew at the Adventure Store will be new.  It should be a great summer.