So, to fill everyone in on what has gone on the past month or so:
After a fantastic summer season, we closed Canyon Campground on September 9. It was lonely after everyone left. Here is a group picture made a few days before we opened. I hope to see many of these folks back next summer.
On September 13, Bill and I moved over to work a month at Madison Campground...well, that sure didn't work out the way we expected, with the government shutdown and all.
We were able to get in a nice hike before the Feds kicked us out of Yellowstone: Tomato Soup!
Tomato Soup is a hot spring that is not on a designated trail. You have to know where it is. Bill and I have hiked to it a few times, but Madison co-workers, Richard and Barb, had never seen it. We worked with them at Grant Campground in 2008 and 2009. It was nice to catch up with them once again. Since we had the same days off, we decided a hike to Tomato Soup was in order.
Unlike last year, Bill volunteered to work outside at Madison as a Campground Attendant, meaning he cleaned bathrooms each morning and ashed fire pits weekly and picked up trash. Bill prefers working inside, but since Madison was short-handed, he stepped up and helped out the Attendants.
Another thing about Madison Campground....no one has ever gotten wi-fi in the campground. Well, anyone who knows Bill is not surprised that he was able to pull wi-fi out of the air, using our Verizon Mi-Fi and a Yagi antenna. It wasn't super fast, but it worked OK, especially for email.
Things were busy at Madison...we were still filling each night with a lot of fisherman and international guests. Well, things were busy until our government shirked its responsibilities and shutdown. Do you know how embarrassing it is to tell a couple from Germany that they can stay in the campground, but they can't go out into the park? It was so sad for so many people.
Then on Tuesday, we received word that we would close Madison Campground on Thursday, about two weeks early. All guests had to be out by 11:00 am. And wouldn't you know it, we had a winter storm come through on Thursday...dropping six inches of snow on us.
Since we got released ten days early, Bill and I were thinking we could stop by Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks or Glen Canyon National Recreation Area....nope! They're all closed! Bummer!
So, we've decided to head back to Benson. Our plans are to get settled and then do some tent camping...at least the State Parks are still open.
I'll end this post with my final picture from Yellowstone 2013.