After we left Wisconsin, we stopped in Minnesota for a few days to visit Dan’s brother Gary and his wife Julia. We originally planned to stay at a local county campground, but it was booked up solid for the weekend. Julia had met us out at the campground, and Dan rode with her to a private campground a few miles away, to check for availability. They had not been answering the telephone. I stayed behind with Makena in the truck/fifth wheel. They were able to get a spot for us. Turns out there was a Harley festival going on, so everything was pretty booked up and the gal in the office was too busy to answer the telephone. I drove the fifth wheel all by myself, to the campground. I have driven it a few times before, but never by myself. Now I just need to stop looking in the rear view mirror! I met up with Dan at the campground, and he had me back into our spot. Never did that before! But he provided excellent guidance, and I feel a little more confidant now.
Gary and Julia are now grandparents for the first time! Their daughter Carmen and husband Luke stopped over with Simon, who is now two months old! Welcome to the world Simon!
We had a nice time visiting with everyone, and headed towards Custer, SD to visit with friends and former co-workers. The best part of working for Amazon, is the people we meet. And we have been able to meet up with fellow Amazon Camperforce everywhere we go. Although I forgot to bring the camera along for a few meals, we met up with Linda and two of her co-workers in Keystone, where she will be working this summer at a gas station/convenience store. The next day we met up with Bob for a good meal at the Alpine Inn in Hill City. We were joined by our friends and former co-workers at Crazy Horse Phil and Rudee, and both Margaret’s that we had worked with. They have both since retired. Bob will be working this summer at Crazy Horse and has been very impressed with the fact it is more than just a mountain carving. You can look back in our blog to the summer of 2014 to read more about our Crazy Horse experience (or type Crazy Horse in the search box on our site).
The next night we managed another get together, and our friends Chery and Dick also joined in. We were happy that Bob could join us again, as it is always nice to meet fellow work campers.
We hope they all have a wonderful summer, and will certainly meet up with them again! Since we had a long drive from Custer to Moran, WY, we left very early and had a pleasant day of driving. We knew we were getting close to our summer “home”, when snow started appearing out our window! Yes, 65 degrees, sunny and snow!
We arrived late afternoon to Luton’s Teton Cabins, and were met with hugs from the owners, Brad and Joanne. Wonderful people to work for! Co-workers Karen and Al had arrived a few hours before us, and we met another new co-worker, Melissa. There will be two additional couples coming this week. Dan and I start on Monday, May 15th, and we are excited to get back to work again.
Most of the snow at the lower elevations (we are at 6800 feet) has melted, but the Tetons are exceptionally beautiful this time of year.
We have already seen a moose, fox and Makena has been keeping an eye on a gopher that is just outside of our fifth wheel. We are looking forward to another great summer! I will post more on our jobs once we get started for the season. This is our view for the summer, from the cabins.
Quote for the Day: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neal Donald Walsch