I took a few of my usual local walks today, looking around with as much wonder and delight as the first time I saw it. Actually, that's not true. I looked with more wonder and delight now that this place has become a part of me. This evening I kept getting restless in the room and going outside to see it all one more time. Yellowstone is a very difficult place to leave. Or as I put it during my work review today, "I'm only leaving because you're making me." If things work out as several people are planning it, I'll be back here to work in March.
I'll spend tomorrow in Bozeman and had checked to see if anything interesting will be going on. I discovered that Dr. Doug Smith, head of Yellowstone's Wolf Project will be speaking at the museum. So I'll have a bit of a transition evening there as well as the chance to try a new and highly recommended Thai restaurant.
Then on to Duluth to see friends and hunt for a place to live for four months. If I have no luck, I'll probably take the bus back to Bozeman and look there.
One last Yellowstone item--I'd like to introduce you to two of the people I met here. I don't like to link to pdf items but this one is worth the exception. Scroll down to page 8 and the very well-written article about a 68 year old woman who took her first hike ever here and went on to walk over 500 miles this summer, five years after breaking her hip. The pictured author is one of the folks who led hikes, trips, and other employee recreation events.
"We'll always have Yellowstone."
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