"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, April 13, 2011

Expecting the Unexpected

Yet, another post without pictures.  I tried to upload one picture and with the snail pace that it was uploading I hit the X in the corner and decided to update you without the snowy picture of the Canyon Village sign.

Setting up a store to open for the summer season can be everything from fun to stressful.  This week has been a combination of both.  Us at the Adventure Store have had to deal with everything from snow storms, nearby gas leaks, and emergency 911 calls.  Living behind those locked gates and in the interior, even for a few days, can be a lonely experience.  We have not tv for entertainment, no internet connections and very spotty and limited cell phone reception.  And with an emergency, as we had yesterday, paramedics and ambulances can be miles away.  Our emergency ended positively but it is a reminder that we are very isolated from what most would consider civilization.  Kudos to those dedicated NPS workers who work very hard to ensure the safety of the employees who are currently working in the interior!!!!!  When in the interior you should always expect the unexpected.

The Park will open this Friday, April 15 with limited access.  Hayden Valley, south of Canyon, will not be accessible for a couple more weeks, as well as some other areas of the Park.  An incredible amount of time has been spent on getting the Adventure Store open for Friday.  Groceries have been ordered and are currently being delivered, gifts and apparel are also being delivered as well as outdoor rec. items.  Staff is being trained, housed and fed.  Paperwork being filled out, recyclable items and transfers being hauled away to their appropriate locations while numerous people design and stock items.  There are so many people, NPS and concessionaire employees, involved in making your Yellowstone adventure as perfect as it possibly can be.