Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the flooding in the southern states afterward. And now we have been reading about Hurricane Irma, soon to be hitting Florida. Add in all the forest fires raging in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana and it has been a devastating month for millions of Americans. Our only impact here in Wyoming has been hazy skies and poor air quality. If only there was some way for the rain in the South to make its way to the northwest, it would solve some of these problems.
Our season will be coming to a close at the end of September, but we have been keeping busy. Labor Day weekend means the end of families with school-age children. Now our visitors are what those of us in the tourism industry refer to as the “newlyweds and nearly-dead’s.” Luton’s Teton Cabins continues to be full, until the last week of September. At that time, we will start winding down, and begin fall cleaning. All the linens and curtains will be removed from the cabins and cleaned. Joanne will strip and wax the linoleum, and Dan will shampoo the carpeting. As with our Spring cleaning, it is an efficient process. The cabins are open this year until October 10, but all of us work campers will be done by October 1st. Brad and Joanne, the owners, will handle the cleaning of the few cabins that are rented after the 1st.
In the meantime, we have been out on a few hikes. Tom and Ellen, our friends working in West Yellowstone, Montana, came down for a visit. Next year, they will be working at a gift store in Skagway, Alaska. We will miss seeing them in the summer, but are looking forward to hearing about their adventures in Alaska. That is definitely on our list of states to visit…hopefully soon!
We did a short hike out to Taggart Lake with them.
Here’s our Sound of Music photo!
We also went hiking on our off day with co-workers Karen and Al. Last year the trails to Hidden Falls by Jenny Lake were closed for renovation. Most of the trails have now opened, so we were finally able to do that hike.
We made the short trek over to see Hidden Falls.
There was a group of people learning how to rock climb. It was entertaining to watch, but not something I would want to try.
Then we had a lengthy upward hike to see Inspiration Point, which overlooks Jenny Lake.
On the way back down, we saw a two-toned bird, later identified as a Stellar’s Jay. That was our “wildlife” highlight!
After we leave Wyoming, we will head back to Wisconsin for a few weeks, and then head down to Kentucky to work at Amazon for our fourth season. I’m not looking forward to working there again (too boring), but it is a great weight loss program for us!
Take care and stay safe everyone!
Quote for the Day: “Most anyplace one lives is essentially dangerous. There are floods in the Midwest, and tornadoes. There are hurricanes along the Gulf. In New York you get mugged.” – John Gregory Dunne