On Monday the four of us stopped by the Xanterra administrative offices before heading into the park. We wanted to say hello and let our bosses know we have arrived. It really was like a homecoming. When folks heard our voices, they came out of surrounding offices for a hug and a "welcome back." It does feel like home. It's nice when people seem genuinely happy to see us!
Bill and I have been into the park twice since arriving. (Pre-season we spend a few weeks staying in an RV park in Gardiner, MT, just outside Yellowstone's north entrance.) Each year I have to take this picture to show we really are early arrivers:
Here are some random shots taken in the park. The first thing we noticed was the total lack of snow! Normally, the ground is completely covered in snow, but not this year.
A pair of Sandhill Cranes:
A beautiful Pronghorn who posed willingly for this picture:
Believe it or not, this is Lamar Valley sans snow.
One thing we love about being in the park this time of year…we have it all to ourselves….well, except for the bison.
Nobody in their right mind would try to enter with this guy on guard.
And what would a day in Yellowstone be without encountering a bison jam? Here is our first of many, I'm sure.
Tomorrow morning Bill and I make it official and check in with Human Resources. We will then go to work…Bill in the Computer Center and me in Campgrounds. I'll be working to get everything ready to start training our first campground, who checks in on April 17. And Bill will be installing computers and pulling cable to get Yellowstone up and running for the 2015 season. It's going to be a blast!