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Yesterday’s trip to Pahrump, NV

My roomie, Kim, was nice enough to take me to Pahrump yesterday afternoon. The longest drive I have had with her. Luckily she can talk alot if I only ask a few questions. It helped pass the time away seeing as Pahrump is an hour away. It’s where you will find the closest Walmart and satisfy our hunger for Subway and Taco Bell and Panda Express. Gas in Pahrump cost $2.29 & it cost $4.85 here in Death Valley.


That’s my roomie, Kim. She got here and couple days before I did, so she was showing me around on my first morning here. She sorta laughed when I started taking pics of every single thing here saying stuff like “wow, this place must be special cuz you are making it seem that way. Now why didn’t I see that before”? So I decided to get pics of her too.

She worked at Yellowstone most of the Summer and was on her way home to Florida, where she has some family, her own business and her own home complete with a mortgage…so why she literally turned around in the highway to come to Death Valley is beyond me. She says it’s a challenge for her spiritual growth.

Anyways, on our way to Pahrump yesterday, I was surprised to see snow on top of 1 mountain. So I got a picture with my tablet while Kim went into a store. I need to remember to charge my camera battery so I can  bring my digital camera with the zoom lens whenever I go anywhere.



As you can see from Kim’s truck, she must have driven through quite a few dirt roads.
Kim had to take a pit-stop on the way back to the dorms (actually this pit-stop wasn’t  very far from our dorm) I got pics trying to show the barren remote area that we are in.
If We have the same day off again, I hope we get to leave earlier in the day because I want to get pictures of Zabriskie Point and I don’t wanna walk up or down that little hill after 9am.


Getting Ready For Work


I bought new shoes at Walmart on Thursday. I had noticed that after it rained my feet were getting wet inside my old shoes. I had worn them so much that the bottoms of them were wearing thin and had cracks all the way across. Standing in a gift shop for work, with wet feet was no fun.

I took my shower late last night, so when I got up at 5:30am today, I had crazy hair all over the place. Luckily I have barrettes & ponytail holders. I also found my earrings that I bought last month. I found them when I was packing to move into my own dorm room.

Checked my blood sugar level again this morning and it was only 85. Now I am having my 2nd cup of coffee and applesauce. I have a strange gadget that heats up water. I doubt that its “allowed” in our dorm rooms, but my friend gave it to my when she quit working here. It makes an extra hot cup of coffee. I will have scrambled eggs, bacon, and a banana about 8am, when I get to the employee dining room.

Tonight 1 of the employees is putting on a program with his barber-shop choir before the NPS’S regular lighting ceremony. That means I will stay to eat dinner tonight at work, and probably won’t get home until after 7:30pm. Well depending on how tired I am, I might stay for the lighting ceremony seeing as I have not seen it yet.

Good Morning


Yesterday I went on an employee trip to Walmart in Rapid City. Found out they are hiring “greeters” for $9.40/hour. The Subway inside Walmart is also hiring. I liked working at Walmart when I was in Vegas, but being a greeter seems like a boring job. Well I will apply for it anyways.

Anyways while shopping I decided to check on blood sugar monitors. Finally with the help of a random stranger waiting in the pharmacy check-out line, I bought the ReliOn monitor. I did not test myself until this morning after waking up late (if you want to call almost 6:00 am late). I got a reading of 101. According to everything I have read, results of 101-125 means you are pre-diabetic.

It’s about 9am now and I still haven’t eaten the apple. It’s hard to eat while busy typing on my tablet. But I will eat it before going down to the post office in Keystone this afternoon. I need to send out souvenirs to my youngest daughter for her 5 month old son.
While I am in Keystone I will probably get lunch at Teddy’s Deli. I haven’t been in there yet and a couple other people working around Mt Rushmore seem to like it. I will get a picture of it later.

Other news from this past week:  I finally moved downstairs in the dorm…in my own room!
Oh ( /) (\) (/) (\) that’s me doing a happy dance. I also got notified that I did not get the Winter job in Death Valley. 2 of the kids here had also applied there and they also got turned down for jobs there. I have other apps out, but really thinking of just staying in Rapid City for the Winter.

Online Shopping

Remember I said yesterday that I went shopping on Amazon. Well it seems that I used a new debit card that had not been activated. So this morning, I had to email the bank to find out why I couldn’t use the card, then I had to go back into amazon and cancel all of yesterday’s order and then re-order some of the stuff…only this time I had to have it sent faster which cost a bit extra. I had to do this so I could make sure to have everything I wanted before my trip to Crazy Horse on the 9th.

I also changed the order to include some DVD movies. I wanted something to do during the evenings besides just hanging around facebook. Some of the DVD’s come in a set with 4 movies on each DVD. DVD’s don’t take up as much space in luggage while traveling like books would, so it’s much better entertainment.

I also received my paycheck stub at work yesterday. Work is actually taking out $98 each week for rent & meals. Yes, that’s $196 from every paycheck. Yup I have to pay for meals whether I eat them or not. So today I made sure to go up for all 3 meals. My roomie gets bored easily and likes to go out to Keystone for drinks & late night meals and right at this very moment while I am typing this now,  is wondering where her money has gone to. I might be a bit boring, but I know where my paycheck is. I can also guarantee that I will still have money left by the time we get paid again in 2 weeks. Now that I have done my shopping for today, I don’t foresee any major shopping for the rest of my time here at Mt. Rushmore. Oh sure I might buy a new shirt when I go to Crazy Horse, but I only have 2 T-shirts & my gym shirt to wear right now when I am not working anyways, so an extra shirt will be alright.

I found myself online today..on a website that I had forgot all about. I’m not sure sure what the purpose of this site is for, but here is the link to it. Yes, I updated it today.



Well the day I have been waiting for has finally arrived, and I was up at 4am checking to see if my check was direct deposited. Luckily the direct deposit started today so about 4am, I was shopping on Amazon. I got my memory cards, and USB cable for my camera, a prepaid minutes card for my phone and some snacks.

I won’t know exactly how much was taken out for rent & meals here at work until I receive my paystub, but it must be more then what I had expected because only $440.67 was put into my bank account. But hey that’s better then nothing. It could of been half of that, but I assume the garnishment stuff has not caught up with me yet. Which is strange, but sooo nice for my shopping today.

This week, I had gotten a call from a Walmart in Spearfish,SD. That’s about 1.5 hours North of me. They wanted me to come in for a job interview, but unfortunately without a car I can’t get there. They will hold my application and told me to re-apply after 60 days. My season at Mt Rushmore ends in about 90 days.

Today is my Friday, so I might even take myself out to dinner later in Keystone.

I arrived in South Dakota

My plane was late taking off in Vegas, so I arrived about 45 minutes late in South Dakota.  Luckily my friend Cindy was still waiting for me at the airport.  We had to stop at Walmart to pick up other employees, so we both got a chance to shop for ourselves. I had to get 2 pair of pants for work, shampoo, bananas, instant coffee & instant oatmeal. I will wait until payday to get more stuff. Until then I can do without.

I swear the next time I have to travel by plane, I will mail everything except my laptop & camera. I hate dragging luggage all over an airport. My carry-on luggage was small but still to heavy to suit me. I had 2 pair of pants, my gym clothes, 2 t-shirts, work shoes, 1 coffee cup, 1 towel (remember the other 2 towels got mailed), washcloths, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrush, ziploc baggie with packaged tea & crystal light), nail clippers, foot lotion, socks & undies, and a few misc items that got thrown in.

It was hot in Vegas, especially when you’re wearing 2 long sleeve shirts & thermal pants under your regular pants. Hey I figured if I wore extra clothes then they would not need to be crammed in luggage. I was expecting rain in South Dakota, but the weatherman was wrong. It’s cooler then Vegas though..about 67 degrees when I arrived.

The little town closest to my dorm is called “Keystone”. It looked like a cool place to explore. An ex-coworker who has worked here a few years ago, says that there is a library on the far end of Keystone that I want to check out.  I hear everything there closes early in the evening and everything is not open all year long. So it’s another tourist-trap town, but I will check it out later. I start work on Sunday 9am-5:30pm, so tomorrow I get to relax & explore my new home.

My dorm room is on the 3rd floor, so tonight I went downstairs to check out the building and meet some of the international kids living and working here. I also found a bookshelf in the community room. I grabbed a book called “The Weird Sisters” to read. Figured it will keep me busy for a few days after work. The international kids seem friendly; they are from Ukraine, Thailand, & Czech Republic.

Packing to Move


I love seeing new locations, I love the idea of a new job…learning something new, love meeting new people, but I absolutely H-A-T-E packing.

When I arrived in Vegas, I  had a car crammed full of stuff. There was no room for a 2nd person in my car and I had a hard time seeing out the back window because of all my stuff. Now to pack up and leave with just a small carry-on bag and a small box to mail out means most of my stuff will be given to my roomie or thrown in the trash.

I already know basically what I am taking with me, so why is this task so hard. I go through this almost everytime I move. Packing up literally makes me paralyzed. Hell if I was watching anyone else go through this, I could easily walk into the room with huge trash bags and order them around like a military drill sergeant until everything was packed. I know I could because I have actually done that years ago. But now I have been sitting here for the last 5 days doing nothing…the sofa is cluttered with my stuff, I have more stuff out on the patio.  Oooh I get to scream at myself in my imagination telling myself what I “should be doing” but I just can’t seem to get off my lazy ass and actually do it. The rare times I don’t get mentally paralyzed from packing/moving…is when I own almost nothing to really pack.

Solution: stop shopping!!! I just have to learn not to buy anything. Except food & bathroom supplies because neither of those will stick around very long. But I need to stop buying clothes, books, & stupid little trinkets. Hopefully I remember this after I get to Mt.Rushmore. The only thing I really need to buy this Summer is a battery & memory card for my Big camera.

I know the minute I am done packing and heading to the airport…I will feel better,  relaxed. I leave a week from today, so I guess I just need o get through 7 days of stress.