Training time has come to an end, the summer season officially starts tomorrow – Memorial day weekend.
I was intending to have this blog post up yesterday, but there was a special NPS sponsored training program up at Mammoth, almost two hours away from Old Faithful with all the road construction going on, so I was gone from 6 am until nearly 8 pm.
Wow though, I’ve never had any park job training like it. It was all knowledgeable speakers who gave presentations on topics pertaining to Yellowstone, from climate change to bison management to bills going through congress to recent and upcoming park events. Extremely thorough, and I know for a fact that some of the presentations cost quite a bit of money when put on for the public.
At first I thought maybe this was a perk of working for the YA, but there were concessionaire employees there too so it must be a Yellowstone thing (c’mon, any other parks want to start something like this up?). Either way, it was amazing and will really help me this summer when visitors have questions.
I’ve only had one day off since I started working (starting next week with the regular hours in effect I’ll be getting two), there hasn’t been time to drive to other parts of the park lately. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been having fun though. I’ve been walking around and seeing more of the “neighborhood” around Old Faithful.
Yes, I live within walking distance of everything in today’s photos. It’s certainly not a bad neighborhood.
I’m coming to realize that hydrothermal basins have moods. I went out to Morning Glory pool this past Sunday, and then again this afternoon, and got a different show both days. I bet I could take this walk every day this summer and not see the same things twice.
Geysers (and geyser basins in general) tend to go through cycles of greater and lower activity. Old Faithful, which erupts about every hour and a half without fail is an exception (that’s what makes it so famous), most geysers are unpredictable.
Things seemed much more active today than on Sunday, I can’t say whether the whole day was more active, but the two hours I spent wandering around seemed to be.
Lets see, what to talk about on a walk. How about the weather? When I took my walk on Sunday, there were occasional snow flurries, I’m not sure it got out of the 30’s. Today there were scattered thunderstorms, I made the wise decision to sit out the brief bout of hail indoors before venturing out.
There’s also been wildlife sightings. I saw a few bison on Sunday, and a pair of bluebirds. Today I spy a pair of exotic looking ducks on the creek, diving for food. Well, they’re probably not exotic, I’m just use to Mallards and so any other kind of duck is exciting and new for me.
I don’t have optical zoom to get pictures of them, that’s the one problem with having a phone camera – wildlife photography is extremely difficult. It’s the only reason I would think about upgrading to a point and shoot, but so far it’s still not worth it to me. I’m very satisfied with the landscape photos I get.
Thursday and Friday are going to be my two days off for the next two weeks. Hopefully I’ll get to see more of Yellowstone then. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the walk!
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