"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, March 9, 2011

End of the Winter Season

The plows rumbled out Monday morning between 7:30 and 8:00 am.  So far they have made it to Norris.  A steady stream of snow coaches have been hauled by flatbeds past the store to be stored near Gardiner until next December.  The hotel and dining room are closed and most of the Xanterra employees will be leaving today.  It is the end of the winter season. 

Yesterday was our largest Taco Tuesday this winter with lines winding through the storeWe eventually ran out of taco meat and a few had to rely on our regular lunch menu.  We love those busy days when we get to see the faces of so many that we have gotten to know.  Our last lunch for the winter season will be served in 3 weeks on March 29A week later I will leave Mammoth and head down to the Adventure Store in Canyon.  Time is going fast.

We have been experiencing the occasional snow flurries and winds these past few days.  But the sun has been making an appearance.  Andrea and I actually sat outside to soak in the suns rays (and some vitamin D) during our lunch break Monday.  We sat there squinting from the brightness as if we had just emerged from a cave.  The sun improves everyone's moral.