Sunday, June 23 – Where’d Everyone Go?

This morning we have ice on the picnic table and the wooden platform at the bottom of the steps. Wasn’t Friday the first day of summer?! We had a rain and snow mixture for a few hours yesterday in the middle of the day. Why does global warming have to be so chilly?

As I mentioned in my last post, we now have our summer schedule. Mary Ann’s schedule finally syncs up with mine on Tuesday. To date I think we’ve had about 3 days off together so it’ll be nice to be able to do some sightseeing together.

This was our first full week of normal work activity. Having spent much of the first month here learning to drive the big boat and preparing for the various tests I had to pass in order to be certified to drive it, my narration (the other big half of the job) had been a low priority. All of a sudden this week it was a big priority. I worked off three by five cue cards (no one seemed to mind) and finally internalized the monologue by week’s end. I’m not sure which part of the job is more fun. Driving the big boat around the lake is a blast, but so is telling folks about the lake and the colorful history of the park. So far I’m loving it!

Richard and I take turns driving or narrating. The first three trips each day are narrated by one of several rangers who rotate through (we do a way better job… just saying) so whichever of us isn’t driving is basically just a passenger. Then the last 4 trips are all ours and we ROCK! We sprinkle lots of humor in with all the colorful, historical stuff and everyone has a good time.

I’d love it even more if we were full for every trip… but that’s just not happening. Traffic HAD been up in the park for the first month. Then the news of our little Norovirus outbreak hit the national media. All of a sudden there’s no one here. One of our trips was cancelled Friday evening (no one signed up) and on Saturday Mary Ann tells me two trips went out with only two passengers each. Meanwhile we’re bleaching down the boat after every trip and everyone is in germ-avoidance mode. I guess it started in Mammoth then made its way over to the Old Faithful area. So far no problems at the marina.

I’m going to close off with some photos I’ve accumulated since we got here. Hope you all enjoy.

Note to the US public: the boat is clean! Come sail with us!

Our friend and neighbor, Betty, is a park ranger this year. In this photo she suddenly realizes she has a radio in her hand.

Our friend and neighbor, Betty, is a park ranger this year. In this photo she suddenly realizes she has a radio in her hand.

How's this for a close-up?

How’s this for a close-up?

 

Hiking Mount Washburn, June 16-ish. For anyone who thought I was kidding about the 8 foot snow drifts...

Hiking Mount Washburn, June 16-ish. For anyone who thought I was kidding about the 8 foot snow drifts…

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