What do you think? Am I still in Bozeman? On my way to Duluth? Boston? Read on.
It was snowing when I left Bozeman this morning on the Yellowstone bus, but it didn't last long. A big beauty of a mountain dominates the first half of the drive from Livingston toward the park. There was some occasional white water in the Yellowstone River but it mostly looked placid.
Two busloads of us pulled into Gardiner to fill out paperwork; I was one of the first off the first bus and joined a long line already there. It took me an hour to reach the person taking IDs and he handed me a note to call someone as soon as I got there.
So I did and was offered an accounting job at Mammoth Hot Springs which I took without knowing the pay or the end date, and knowing that I'll be spending a lot of time on the phone, something I don't enjoy. But because the paperwork obviously isn't done, I still had to come to Canyon so I'd have a place to sleep and eat. The food so far hasn't been great and I've got little appetite, but I've seen the 20 day menu cycle and to my surprise there is tofu and even tempeh on it. I got placed in a room here which already had someone for a couple days so I'm stuck with the top bunk and he doesn't seem thrilled with my presence. I should be out of here this week though, so I'll get through it. I've just made a little nest of sheets and blanket--won't even bother making the bed.
On appearance I'm not sure I made the right choice. The Canyon area is surrounded by trees so I have no idea where the actual canyon is yet. I thought Mammoth would be a lot flatter than it is; it's also pretty stark with some big mountains around--might leave me claustrophobic and still not wanting to hike in the area.
There were elk lounging on the grass at Mammoth, and I saw bison in a couple spots. From the bus we saw a grizzly with four cubs romping. Pretty damn impressive introduction. Have ridden through areas which burned in the big fires, past smoking pools and creeks, between some spectacular mountains. You could pretty much just click your camera constantly here but I haven't yet and not sure when I will.
I'm going to training at 8:30 tomorrow morning but when I tell them I'm leaving (I was told it would be Thursday at the latest) I'm not sure if they're going to have me do anything or if I'm going to be sitting here until I leave. And I also have a debit card and two books headed here midweek which I hope I'll get eventually.
So, I'm here in a temporarily awkward and uncomfortable position for an unknown period of time and wondering what to do with myself since I'm not going to bother unpacking or settling in. Maybe I'll go see if I can find the canyon, although it sounds like it's raining.
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