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Jul 23, 2020 - Shopping

Our last 2 days of work were essentially uneventful, although we did have an opportunity to meet our newest relatives (by marriage eventually) who stayed in our campground. This would be Margot’s sister, husband and brother-in-law who were visiting Yellowstone. Margot is engaged to Don’s oldest boy, Daren. The wedding should have happened, but was delayed due to the COVID thing. We are hoping it will occur in October while we are there In between jobs. Anyway, we enjoyed meeting and visiting with them. Good people. We drove to Bozeman for...

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Jul 20, 2020 - Back to Work

Our first day back was a shock to the system after our 3 days off. It was a veritable feeding frenzy of campers all wanting a site. It started about 7:30 and lasted until nearly 1 o’clock. In between I tried to take phone calls from Sheila wanting sites for other hosts, and trying to put together my daily attendance sheet. By early afternoon, I finally had a moment to eat breakfast and run a comb through my hair (teehee, what you see is what you get sometimes) and settled for a brief rest. By dinnertime the calm was shattered by a grizzly...

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Jul 19, 2020 - Yellowstone

We went into the park again today, and again saw no bear or moose. In fact, se saw nothing at all until finally there was a small critter jam and we were hopeful it was something really good. What we saw was interesting, a very raggedy sick-looking coyote was kind of half-heartedly changing a pair of sandhill cranes. The cranes looked out of place here, and I really felt sorry for the poor coyote. But the tourists were there with their cameras! Our goal was Mammoth Hot Springs today. We first parked at the upper terraces. This was...

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Jul 17, 2020 - Lunch with Friends

We drove to Rexburg today to meet Joh and Sue at Beaver Dick Park. Really, that is it’s name. We figured there had to be a story with a name like that, and there was. It was named after a trapper known as Beaver Dick. Now I have to admit this is not what either of us envisioned, but makes really good sense. Anyway, we had arranged to meet there because John and Sue knew of this place. We just had simple food, sandwiches and potato salad, but the company was fantastic. It had been nearly 2 years since we had seen these two. Much too long,...

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Jul 16, 2020 - Potluck

We finally got organized to put together a potluck using the hamburger and buns that Sheila had dropped off to us. Betty told us it was from her own personal supply of the beef they had raised on their place in Texas. And it was delicious! Of course we had way too much food again, but that did not keep us from toasting a couple of chocolate chocolate-filled marshmallows. Very rich!!! We were on duty that night, but managed to stay in camp with the others until nearly 8 o’clock before we had to do a round of the campground. Possibly a new...

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Jul 14, 2020 - Not Again!

Early this morning , before we were even out of bed, we heard a strange kind of metallic thumping. We just looked at each other and said ‘squirrel.’ And sure enough, one was stuck on one of the sticky pads. I left Don to dispose of it while I got ready to go to work. As I was doing that I noticed the kitty following some new scratching noises and felt like our mouse had decided to run around again. But of course there was nothing we could do at the moment, so we headed out. It was during lunch that Don called me over to show me another...

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Jul 13, 2020 - Bozeman

We went to Bozeman today to get a little shopping done. We were looking for a restaurant that had been recommended to us for breakfast, but it was totally packed when we finally got there. So we went on in to Ennis and had breakfast at a little café and soda fountain. It was a good breakfast and this actually turned out to be the most reasonably priced breakfast we have had yet! One of the things on the shopping list was sticky traps to try to catch the squirrel that was living in our hitch. Don got 4 of them set, then positioned himself so...

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Jul 11, 2020 - Yellowstone

We went into the park today with plans to visit the Norris geyser basin, the hottest area in the park. There were a lot of geysers, but very few we saw erupting. We took the time to read all the signs, and learned that in 2012 the area was closed to the public because the ground temperature rose to 112 degrees and the boardwalks were too hot to be on. It was closed for 2 weeks before it was deemed safe for the public again. Strange geology in this area! On our way out we drove through the lower basin. Not as many geysers but instead pretty...

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Jul 10, 2020 - Business as Usual

The last 3 work days were pretty much business as usual, although we did find one site with an open cooler sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck. Since it was open I went over to peek inside, only to find beer, pop and a package of hot dogs. Talk about an open invitation for a bear visit! Don got them up out of bed (7 AM) to get stuff picked up, after I took pics of everything. Needless to say the pics went right up the line and they got a ranger visit that evening, and a pricey citation. Sure hope they learned a lesson!

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Jul 7, 2020 - Out Again

Well-rested finally, we decided to drive around the Earthquake Lake area on our way to Virginia City. The visitor Center was open this time, but they were not showing the film. There was a lot of good information and more details about the disaster. We hiked up to the Memorial Boulder and Sister Boulder. This are huge, multi-ton boulders that were carried on top of the debris that crossed the road when the whole side of the mountain collapsed. The names of those campers who lost their lives are memorialized on the side of Memorial Boulder....

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Jul 5, 2020 - Not What We Planned On !

I am writing this in retrospect, as I have had no time to write during our work days. Jim and Judy had it on the 1st. After their 7 AM run they turned it over to us. Meanwhile I had gotten a call from Sheila that a bear had been reported in our campground the previous evening, so she was asking us to be sure we reminded everyone about the bear rules: clean campsite with all food, drinks (water, beer, pop) stored inside hard-sided camper, vehicle or bear box. No scented items in tent, and have bear spray inside tent. Sounds simple right? We...

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Jul 5, 2020 - Running Away From Home

We still had to do our last early morning round, so we were up early. Exhausted from the last three days, we needed a change of scenery, so naturally we hit the park again. No hiking for us this day; we targeted areas we could drive to and stopped to see a few things we had not taken the time to see (or it was too crowded) before. A pleasant day, and early to bed!

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