As I am sitting at a Pampered Chef Party at one of my friends house (which isn't exactly my idea of a good time) I overheard a friend of mine saying that she was thinking of going to Wyoming for the summer. My focus so easily turned from the self measuring cups to this conversation. April told me that she was going to apply for a season at YNP but didn't want to go at it alone. I immediately obliged!
I thought to myself, Im 20-something (ok closer to 30 but who is counting!), Im not married, I have no kids, Im only a waitress and don't really have anything tying me down. Within 48 hours I was on Xanterra.com applying to be a server at Old Faithful Inn and within 48 more hours I was accepted! I couldn't believe it!
I had spent a season at Mammoth Lakes in California when I was 19 and had the most unbelieveable time of my life! People that camped for a living, rock climbed, moutain biked, snowboarded, skiied, skateboarded, did photography... I mean I came from Boston. I never knew this type of life existed!
SO as I tell my friends and family that I am embarking on a new adventure I get the same reaction, "Wow that is amazing" "You're going to have so much fun" "I wish I could do something like that" and I sit and think to my self, They are right! We are a certain type of people that have a certain type of apprecitation for life and nature and adventure. There is nothing better than waking up to fresh mountain air. Or sitting around a camp fire and listening to stories from people that come from all over the world. Or sitting in a natural hot spring and staring up at the most breathtaking starry sky and seeing a shooting star every 15 seconds. These are the things that set us apart from everyone else!
I cannot wait to meet you all and to come back with 10,000 photos and a story behind each one of them! These city folk will probably be sick of hearing me say "you had to be there to understand" but I will have comfort in knowing that there are people out there who really do!
Have fun this summer and stay safe and keep dreaming!