Archive | May 2016

Writing & Procrastination

I have lost track of how many times I have come up with ideas for a new book. I have scribbled pages into a paper school-type notebook or typed notes into a file on different laptops. But somewhere along my travels I end up losing them all.

Mainly at this moment, I still want to write about working in different national parks. I guess you could say that I grew up in a family who valued the military, or anyone who stayed put in 1 spot working the same job for 20 years. Well I never joined the military and I sure didn’t spend my life in 1 spot. Not everyone is suited for college and settling for the American dream of a white picket fence.

Those wooden fences don’t pack up nicely into my backpack, so I learn to live without them. Now I assume most people read something every week, whether it’s the sports page of a newspaper, comic books, online blogs, or trashy novels from used bookstores. Someone had to write something worth reading. Well I want to write about a lifestyle worth living, and living in different national parks is definitely worth doing.

I want to show the many kids in high school, that have no idea what they wanna do when they grow up that there is an alternative to the usual traditional way of living. Something totally new that they never dreamed possible. I can still remember when my son came to visit me at the Grand Canyon for the first time, and he asked me why he had never known that you could live there before. (Sorry but I won’t type out the whole conversation).

Basically think of any popular vacation spot. Probably it’s a spot where tourist are tired from traveling to get to the location so they want a hotel, they will be hungry so they need to eat somewhere and of course people love to buy souvenirs, which means there needs to be gift shops. Even those people who insist that everyone should live with the white-picket fence, likes to go on a vacation once a year.

Even now while driving around Yellowstone National Park, I have a notebook and a trashy novel in my car. I never know when or where I will be when the weather turns bad and I need to pull over and wait for it to clear up. I can either read what someone else has written or if a new idea comes to my mind that I don’t want to forget then I can instantly write it down. Course it would help if I kept all my scribbled notes together.

So I am back to writing that book for seasonal workers. Someday I really hope to finish it, get it published, and actually find it sitting on display in a big fancy bookstore. Better yet, I hope it helps someone figure out that it’s alright to be different, to live so far outta the box that there is no box around.

My ex-husband used to say I lived in “The Land of Later”, because I would say I would do some craft project, cook some special meal, run some errand and I would do them later…maybe tomorrow or maybe next year, but always later.

Well, I now have to get ready for work so I will catch you all later.

Mud Volcano in Yellowstone

I found a way to upload a few pics of this spot that’s about 10 miles away from my dorm. So even though I am lucky enough to visit it often this Summer, I really think every elementary science class should come visit this area for a field trip.

This spot above is now called “Dragon’s Mouth”. It had other names before like  Blowing Caverns & The Belcher. Some European traveler called it dragon’s mouth and that name stuck.  Around 1999 the water temperature dropped 10 degrees and changed the color of the water.

Below showing the boardwalk leading up to the mud volcano (mud geysers). In the 1870’s a geyser would explode muddy water 50 feet into the air. The geyser has died down in the 20th century.

There is more to this area that I need to explore, so I will go back to explore the end of the boardwalk as it goes around that hill, to something  on the  map called “Churning Caldron” & “Sizzling Basin”. Both of those changed in the late 70’s from an earthquake.  I like learning about all this new stuff. Volcanoes/geysers are my new fascination, so everytime I see steam off in the distance anywhere I am like a kid in a candy store. Course a candy store smells better.

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I’m in Yellowstone

After arriving in Bozeman on a Thursday afternoon, I bought a car off craigslist the next morning. So I was able to drive into the park with my own wheels. Course this meant I was able to go shopping and get all new bedding, bathroom supplies, and new portable DVD player along with a small stack of movies. I already knew before getting here that the wifi would not work good enough to get Netflix.

Actually it’s  a miracle that my tablet is getting wifi now. Today I drove up to Mammoth  (where I had orientation ) and then East to a remote location of the park called “Roosevelt”. A friend from Death Valley is working there this Summer. Seeing as it’s so remote, she has no wifi or phone service. Unfortunately she was working  today so I could only talk to her about 5 minutes. When I returned to Mammoth after visiting Robin, I went into the park’s visitor Center to use their wifi and download  pics of Robin on facebook.

So maybe the visitor Center gave my tablet some kind of boost today. But seeing as it’s  working now in my room, I figured I better post here while I can. Well what can I say about this place? I haven’t seen it all, but I do love seeing the bison roaming around. Luckily 1 of my favorite spots is just about 6 miles away. Great to just sit and watch them. Course today on my way to Mammoth, a HUGE bison is walking down the middle of the road. As I stop I see a big 18-wheeler coming up behind me. I’m thinking “oh shit, I’m  stuck between a bison and a trucker”. So glad the truck stopped right behind my bumper.  People have told me many times that I drive to fast. Well when there is a possibility of a big bison around any corner, you better believe I now drive like an old grandma.

My 1st encounter with the bison here, was about 5 minutes after I arrived in Mammoth for orientation on May 12th. About 5 minutes after I parked the car a herd of bison walk through the parked cars to go wherever they needed to go. OMG, bison slobber all over my hood. At least they smelled a little better then a spot I found called “Mud Volcano”. WoW!! It’s  worse then a few cartons of rotten eggs. I never realized or I don’t  remember any science teacher explaining that sulphur had anything to do with volcanos. But I have learned it now.

My job here is ok, I guess. I work 1p-5pm and then again from 10pm-2am. During the between shift from 5-10 I have dinner, sometimes go watch the bison in my favorite  spot, or just take a short nap. The 10-2 shift can drag on especially after midnight. I love the fact that a private room with my own bathroom is included with my job but I don’t think I would do this again.

 

 

I am in Montana

After a long day of getting to Vegas, I finally got to fly up to Montana, on May 5th. Soon after my plane left the ground, we could all smell something “hot”. The poor couple sitting across from me with 2 small fussy kids, must of thought the plane was going to crash & burn, they way they kept patting their kids head and looking at each other. Turns out there was an electrical problem and the bathroom filled with smoke. Now there is an adventure that I don’t want to repeat. After landing in Bozeman,  I was told that this same airlines (Allegiant ) has had other recent problems with electrical stuff.

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No wifi in the Bozeman airport. Damn, they need to get with modern times. Took me a few hours to contact the hostel to let them know where I was. I finally got coffee & a cinnamon roll while I was waiting to get picked up. Even though I saw snow on the mountain tops as the plane got closer to Bozeman, it was not really cold outside.

Early Friday morning, I was searching online for cheap used cars that were for sale. I found a few but only got 1 reply back. So I now have a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria.  It needs a major paint job and I want to replace the windshield because it has a long crack across it. But it’s a 4-door and runs good, so it will make exploring Yellowstone  so much easier. I will need to travel to Cody, WY, to finish up registration & get my new title.

Last night I went shopping at Walmart. Figured now with a car that I could get more stuff that I need in Yellowstone.  I got pillow, blankets, work pants, green Montana  hoodie, bathroom supplies, and a new blender.  I was so tired that I didn’t do any grocery shopping. As soon as I left the parking lot I was lost. Ended up in the next town. I had to stop and get directions from workers in 3 different gas stations. It took me about 2 hours to find the hostel again, while Walmart is about 20 minutes away. WoW, where did my sense of direction go???