And today, a couple gave notice. ugh! (Bad for us!) I'll just say it was for "personal" reasons and leave it at that. However, I am reminded of what my first Yellowstone manager told me years ago: she always hates when employees have friends and family visit. Many times, during these visits, the employees decide they would rather be off playing with their friends, than working. That seems to be the case here. We have just over a month to go, and they up and quit. At least they did give me a two week notice.
On a happier note, Bill and I were able to take our three-day weekend last week. We went to Bozeman for the night. We had dinner at a favorite restaurant, got the truck serviced, and did some "Christmas in August" shopping. We came home and spent some time playing in the park, but mostly we worked on the Canyon year-end movie. In previous years, we had to almost beg folks to contribute pictures. This year, we are over-run with pictures! It's great!
One day, we hiked Uncle Tom's Trail. It's not really a trail, but a series of a few hundred steps down towards the bottom of the lower falls.
That's Bill at the top of the stairs, stopping to take a picture.
A little side story: The day before, we had bought new water bottles. Bill had found one at the Yellowstone Association store in Gardiner. The bottles are insulated and will keep cold drinks colder longer and warm drinks warmer longer. This hike was our first opportunity to use our new bottles.
Things went well until we started back up the stairs. All of a sudden, I heard "cling, cling, clang, clang." Sure enough, my bottle came loose from its clip and went down the metal stairs. It was noisy. The other folks on the stairs were great...everyone was trying to catch it, but the bottle was bouncing like a football.
As I stood and watched, the bottle rolled off the stairs, towards the bottom of the canyon. Dang! A young boy, probably about 8 or 9, offered to climb down and retrieve my water bottle. I politely declined his offer. As the old saying goes...win some, lose some. But I digress...
Here's the view at the bottom of Uncle Tom's. Nice!
After Uncle Tom's, we drove to Artist Point, which is just down the road. No matter how many times I see this view, it takes my breath away. I already have tons of pictures, but each year I take more and more.
And for all of you who keep contacting me about "more animal pictures," this one's for you....a nice grizzly bear. What you can't see are the two cubs who went scurrying off into the forest.
So, that's the latest in this year's Yellowstone adventure. Except for a few bumps in the road, things are going really well. Before we know it, we'll be putting up the "Closed for the Season" sign.