Friday, May 22, 2009
Beyond that, the trails are still closed but we've been taking trips into the northern part of the park so we can get out and about, also basketball is keeping us entertained most afternoons. Last night was the opening of the Pub....finally, it had been put off for over a week now due to water problems, but its open just in time for hell week.
Hell week is this fantastic time when we are not at full staff but are at full capacity. This weekend the Hotel jumps from 150 approximate guests to 660 guests, leaving all the employees working double and split shifts to cover the rush. After this weekend our in-house guests will hover right around 400 for the rest of the season.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Yesterday I moved back into the Park. It's wonderful to be back, there is a lot more snow this time but the atmosphere here created by the employees makes you forget the cold. We started training this morning, and luckily being a return employee I get to skip most of it. The drive down to Lake Hotel was wonderful, there was a grizzly bear playing in the snow on the side of the road and some bison calves jumping in the drifts.
Thus far I just gotten settled in and walked around this location. Currently all the trails are closed so the only form of entertainment will be my goal of digging out the picnic table out front which as been overtaken by 4 feet of snow. Happily the weather report calls for temperatures to be in the 50's for the rest of the week.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Well, for hours we followed it and as we did it became a muddier and continued to get narrower and narrower as we progressed but the map showed that it would eventually lead us directly back to the highway. As we crossed streams and huge ditches I was convinced that this could not possibly be a county road; but the gps claimed otherwise, thus we drove on.
Finally we came to an intersection; the road before us was fairly traveled, in fact it was an interstate compared to what we were just on. The issue with the road before us however, was that it did not exist on the map, and the road we were suppose to follow did not exist either...so we turned left. About a mile up the road to the left we discovered a gate, locked and well protected on either side to prevent our passing. Frustrated we decided going right, although it was in the wrong direction it would be much better than back tracking down the path we just followed so we went back to the intersection and this time went right...it took 3 miles in this direction to find another gate.
Disheartened, we had no other options but to turn around and take our chances through the streams and ditches once more. On our way out of the area we passed through an open gate which we of course did not take into account on the way in. Being the kind people Evan and I are we stopped to close the gate and save the next sorry batch of explorers wouldn't have to discovered the blockades now almost 10 miles behind us. The gate unveiled an interesting sign that prohibited motor vehicles from the area...foiled again by another UP road; but still an entertaining day.
Friday, April 10, 2009
After leaving Yellowstone I returned to school in Michigan for my junior year which was pretty uneventful because I was taking so many classes in order to graduate the following winter. I did manage to get an internship set up for the Summer of 08' arranged and moved down to Madison, WI in May to write legislation for the Green Tier Program within the WDNR. Thus, most of my summer was spent in an office. Callie (my roommate) and I did get one pretty awesome hiking trip in at Devils Lake State Park, but that was about it.
Around mid summer in 08' my professor contacted me regarding another internship working with a news source at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. So after what seemed like endless pages of paperwork I got a position working with NBC News. I was specifically assigned to Meet the Press featuring Nancy Pelosi and Caroline Kennedy. It was an amazing experience being involved with such a historical event. I also was able to attend President Obama's acceptance speech.
So after missing the first week of classes for my senior year because of the DNC I got back to Marquette and settled in for my last semester. For the few months that I had left in college I got a job as a substitute teacher for the area schools. Then as quickly as it started, it ended with my graduation in December. I was the youngest in my class but graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in pre-law/political science and a minor in environmental conservation.
And that gets me to now. A semester off. I moved back home to help my mom and save some money for my next adventures.
Currently, I am all set to return to Yellowstone this summer and have already begun planning some camping trips within the park. When I return in August I will be starting graduate classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the area of environmental policy. Oh, I also won a trip to Las Vegas and went in March to celebrate my 21st Birthday.
Thats about all I have for right now, I will, however, be keeping up with this blog for awhile again. In the next few weeks be looking for posts about my weekend trip to Marquette that is coming up and my trip to Albuquerque to visit my brother at the end of the month.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
My first backcountry camping experience in
Our site was beautiful; right on the side of Firehole Meadows were we could see the sunset. We roasted marshmallows, ate our dinners, and goofed off around the camp fire. The night got cold….below freezing cold; I really wish I would have brought my cold weather gear along with me! By morning I couldn’t feel my feet, but we packed up early and headed around our loop. The sun warmed me up right away and we were back to my truck by 11 o’clock (the 10 mile hike took us 4 hours). So over all, we hiked 16 miles in 6 hours…not too shabby!
Anyways enough text, pictures say a thousand words!
P.S. for those of you who are watching the weather for my location….IT’S GOING TO BE 80 DEGREES BY THE END OF THE WEEK!!!!