Now usually when you hear anyone say they will be home, you might assume that they will be with their family…people bonded by blood/genetics. Home for some people is the town they grew up in.
I found my home when I was in my 40’s. I unexpectedly found my niche in a far-away land known as the Grand Canyon National Park. In a way I even created a new family unit with my neighbors and co-workers. I had started moving around to different states so much that when I first traveled to the national park for my new job, I had no idea how long I would be there. I ended up being there for 5 straight years before taking a break and going to Alaska. Those 5 years were the longest that I had stayed anywhere for a very long time.
After my time in Alaska, I returned to the Grand Canyon twice for short stays. This year the park seems to be my safety net again. This time I will be working for a new company but I still get to enjoy the peace & quiet remote area of the park, which I love. I will be able to watch sunsets/sunrises without looking over a mob of heads. One of the most amazing sunsets I have ever witnessed was during a rainstorm in that remote area of the Grand Canyon.
A friend took that picture of me at Desert View, in the late Spring of 2014. I was enjoying the wide open space as far as the eyes could see. We were waiting for that evening’s sunset.
I can’t wait to see all the changes at the Watchtower, since another company has taken over it. Actually I have seen a couple pics on facebook but that’s not the same as seeing it in person. I took the picture above with my old tablet (that broke) and luckily had saved it on facebook.
There will be no television and no internet at all in this remote section of the park. I’m sure that nobody on their death bed has ever said, “geez I wish I had more time to watch television”. A few of my past co-workers did pay a yearly contract for dial-up internet when I was there in 2014. But my work contract is only until January 1, 2017, unless a spot opens up that allows me to stay longer. I am hoping a spot opens up because I’m petrified of driving in snow and car-camping in the parking lot during winter would get mighty-cold.
I ended up spending a long weekend in Maine, babysitting my grandson’s cat while my daughter and the kids went on a trip to CT. Before they left I had my daughter cut my hair real short.
I figured it would be easier to deal with in AZ, with the new job at the snack bar. My daughter gave me the purple blouse for my birthday…so now I got 5 shirts.
Anyways, I have the Google Earth app on my tablet, and have been checking out the Desert View in search of the employee areas. In all the time I lived in the Grand Canyon National Park before, I have not really explored much of that area. I assume that must employees don’t unless they live there, because it really is soo isolated. With the app, I found the campground, snack bar & gift shop and a few other buildings that I never knew existed. The snack bar where I will be working is open from about 8am-6pm during the Spring & Summer, and 9am-5pm during the Fall & Winter.
So I am sure to have plenty of time to write…actually I have to restart my novel because all my writing got left behind at my brother’s house, I may also be able to learn about astronomy and the history of that area. Seeing as my digital camera also got left behind I won’t be taking as many pictures. This tablet I am typing on now has a camera but I don’t really expect to be online much to post pics while I am there. Mainly the tablet will be used to read the dozen of free books I downloaded this week and to play games that don’t require internet service.
This weekend the temp is in the 20’s here in Maine and it snowed yesterday, while the Grand Canyon is enjoying the sunshine and temps in the mid-50’s.
I had gone down to Manchester, NH; to see about getting a live-in caregiver job. While I was there we all came to the realization that it was not going to work out. I also was notified that I wasn’t allowed back to my brother’s home.
So the only belongings that I had with me was 3 pair of pants, 2 t-shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts, 1 hoodie, 1 beachtowel, 1 pair of purple slippers, 1 pair of white shoes, 1 coat(that isn’t in the picture), 1 pair of purple gloves and 1 hat, and 1 set of PJ’s and luckily I had my wallet & my tablet in my purse. When i went to Walmart to buy some yogurt I also bought a pair of purple jeans. It all fit in 1 travel bag.
I found the camera battery charger in a pocket of the bag, but unfortunately the digital camera got left behind at my brothers house. I also left my birth certificate and a bunch of other paperwork that I will be wanting later. Well with everything I own now in 1 bag, it definitely makes traveling a whole lot easier.
Yesterday, I got an email stating I got a new job in AZ. Wow, talk about perfect timing. A job with a cheap apartment for $25/week rent. It’s in a very isolated location….poor almost nonexistent internet service, 26 miles away from the post office, library and anything else. But right now the housing is the most important thing.
Later I will have to buy black shoes & black poants for work, after I get to AZ. But I can handle living with 4 pants & 4 shirts for my free-time wardrobe. It’s less to carry around, less for the laundry, and less to store in a closet. Oh hell, all my clothes now fit in 1 bag so I don’t even need a closet.
Now I have been reading a blog from a lady living in Arizona for a couple years now, and quite often she posts different lists titled her “Fab 5”. Seeing as I can’t think of anything else to post today, I figured I might as well try to come up with my own list of “Fab 5’s”
- 5 (non-food) things I want to buy: Kindle (never replaced my broken one), camera battery charger (left my in AZ), more time on my cell phone, new laptop, memory sticks to hold more pics
- Last 5 movies I watched: Fargo, Hansel & Gretel, My Cousin Vinny, True Girt..(the new one), Damn I can’t think of a 5th one
- 5 things I wish I had a college degree in: Photography, Nutrition, Computer Programming, Nursing, Web Design
- 5 places I still want to visit: Alaska (yes I have been before, but I want to see more), Coast of GA (hope to visit in October with my aunt), Hawaii, Canada, Australia (need to add PASSPORT on my list of things to buy)
- 5 things I miss from Arizona: public transportation, variety of grocery stores, funky little coffee shops, pretty flowers/plants everywhere, unique artwork everywhere
Well that’s about it for now. I need to clean up my room a bit before I go stay at my Auntie G’s tonight. She will help me with some of the paperwork I got from the “NH Housing Authority”. Still hoping to get into my own place by the end of the year.
Yesterday after I got out of work, I signed up for today’s mule ride. Guests have to pay $120, employees get a discount during the month of Feb. and only pay $25. Everyone has to get weighed because the mules have a weight-limit. According to the scale that mule guides use; I now weigh more then I have ever weighed in my entire life…including each time I went into the hospital to deliver babies. No wonder they gave me such a HUGE mule.
Here we are near the Abyss. Getting on & off this HUGE mule is not easy. While sitting up on the mule, you don’t get the feeling that she is so huge. Hopefully some-day in the future, someone will invent a padded saddle. My mule’s name is Willow and was told that she is also the mule that they use for alot of kids and just anyone who is not used to riding.
She loved to chew on stuff. She even started chewing on the barn before we got started. and would stop quite a few times to chew on shrubs & trees along the path on the way out to the Abyss. But she was pretty good about keeping up with all the other mules too.
Well I can check this off the bucket list now…and yeah, even though Willow was a great mule, I think 1 mule ride is enough for me. At least until someone invents a better saddle. Man-O-Man am I sore!! Got home over 2 hours ago, and I am still having a hard time moving around. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow when I clock into work at 10am.