"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

Friday, May 20, 2011

More Adventure Store Employees

If you were to look up the word talented in the dictionary a picture of Aaron would accompany the definition.  Aaron calls numerous states 'home' but is originally from Ohio.  He has spent the last 10 years as a classically trained regional stage actor and his performance list includes A Christmas Carol (played Scrooge twice and the Ghost of Christmas Future once) and  A Mid Summer Nights Dream.  He has also performed in educational theater and has a a degree in Theater from Cleveland State University.  Not only can he act but he is an accomplished pianist.  He is also planning on moving to Tiawan after his stint in Yellowstone to teach English.  He spends his time in Yellowstone hiking on his days off.  Come meet Aaron at the Adventure Store!  And that friendly greeting he will give you will not be and act!

Heeeeerrrreee's Josh!  Floor Supervisor Josh hales from the state of Kentucky.  This is not his first year in Yellowstone.  Last year he was the Gift Lead at Fishing Bridge.  He also worked this past winter at Grand Canyon.  He attended Western Kentucky University and has a degree in Anthropology.  His hobbies include fishing, sleeping, playing the dobro steel guitar and the banjo.  He also entertains the entire staff with some great down-home stories.  But his final stop this summer is not at the Adventure Store.  He has been promoted to manager and on Monday he will be managing Bridge Bay General Store.  Congratulations, Josh!  Stop on in at the Bridge Bay Store and chat it up with Josh (after you visit the Adventure Store.....and the Mammoth store!)

And I thought I would include a picture of the grizzly that I saw the other day south of Indian Creek.

Judy at her Farewell Reception in West Yellowstone
The crowds came to bid Judy a farewell at her reception yesterday.  I didn't cry once (at least not on the outside).  It was a wonderful gathering put on by the company.  There are so many who are going to miss her.

I headed to Lake via Craig Pass after the reception.  The road south of Canyon has been re-opened for the weekend even though the pullout has been washed away and a large crack has appeared.  It will be closed for repairs on Monday and will be closed for a few days.  I decided to go to Lake using the south route since the road could be closed at any time if the condition of the road gets worse. 

I managed to see a grizzly by Fountain Paint Pots.  Josh told me today that when he passed by there earlier in the day there were actually five grizzlies there but I only managed to see the one.  I also had to hit the brakes by Pumice Point when a rascally pine marten dashed across the road and further on a coyote made its way over the road.  

This morning Aaron came out of the side door from our dorms to find a fox with a squirrel in its mouth.  Later I watched a pine marten scurrying around by the loading dock.  Wildlife abounds.

And on my final day at the Adventure Store it has been snowing.  At this point all I can do is laugh.  And eat the cookies that Ranger Chris brought me.