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After a month in a cabin in Missouri, then a month and a half staying at my brothers place in Las Vegas, I have now made my way to Yellowstone National Park. The adventure started when I left Las Vegas the same day as the final confrontation between the Feds and the Rancher in Nevada. Of course, I was caught up in the traffic jam on U.S. 15 going north and we were stopped on the highway for about an hour before the State Police finally got the road at least partially unjammed. Later on they got the entire situation under control when the Feds packed up and left but, by then, I was far on down the road. Stayed the night in Salt Lake City and had breakfast with my niece before moving on out.

Made it to Bozeman, Montana that night and stayed at a really funky Holiday Inn, which was okay. Bought some clothing and gear at the Walmart there before heading on down to Gardiner where I stayed Monday night and checked in with Xanterra on Tuesday morning, April 15th, 2014. So I am officially employed again, lol. Assigned to Aspen Dorm and currently in training to attempt to become a Reservations Agent. Have to wait and see how well that turns out, lol. Altitude is getting to me a bit, but I'm assured it will get better over the next two weeks, so I'll hang in there. The food is adequate, nothing to write home about but they're doing a good job as far as I'm concerned. I'm not sure what people expect in a situation like this anyway, so I'm hard to disappoint.

I've been out and about a little, doing a few drives out toward Hayden and Lamar Valleys, got some good photos of the wildlife so far, and hope to get even more. They open up the other roads in the park tomorrow, and I'm off Saturday and Sunday this week, so I should have plenty to do and see this weekend.

The staff I've encountered so far have been very friendly and professional, without being stuffy. It seems like if you take the employee manual seriously and try to behave yourself there should be no problems at all. If I had my way they'd pave the employee parking lots and do some maintenance on the buildings, but much like with the food, they are adequate and get the job done quite well as is. Individual rooms, even if you had to share a bathroom, would be EXCELLENT, but I'm not holding my breath on that one, LOL, LOL.

Anyway, looking forward to getting done with training and putting it to use. Lots of codes to learn and computer garbage to try and remember. But it looks like it's going to be okay.


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Comment by Leo Anderson on September 25, 2014 at 6:58am
Thanks for sharing this detailed information about your experience living, working and playing in Yellowstone Mac.
Comment by Thomas L Fletcher on April 28, 2014 at 12:41pm

try Verizon pre-paid , that way , no contract . walmart carries the cheap pre-paid phones ( also comes with 10.00 credit for phone use )

Comment by Thomas L Fletcher on April 26, 2014 at 3:23pm

when you have the chance check out West Yellowstone ! great restaurants and some really cool little shops around there .

Comment by Milton McKinney on April 19, 2014 at 3:27pm

Sharing a room and AT&T is pretty bad. Verizon really is the only one that works reliably. I may be getting another phone soon as I'm stuck with att.

Comment by Leo Anderson on April 18, 2014 at 11:22pm


thanks for the update! I am glad you made it to Yellowstone safely! I look forward to seeing the pictures you post and reading about your summer adventure! I will be arriving in Denali in exactly two weeks from today, so i will post pictures and an update to share with you and the rest of the Cool Works family! have a fun, relaxing, and adventurous weekend as you explore Yellowstone! Have a Happy Easter as well!



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