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I can finally say I have been to Montana!

Today...for the very first time in my 59 year existance...I entered the State of Montana. The first few miles looked very much like northern Wyoming (fancy that) but then things began to change. The vistas became even bigger, and the mountains on the horizon slowly grew until they pierced the clouds and dominated the view. What a spectacle for someone who's home is on a coastal plain that is flatter than a pancake. As we drove up the valley along side the Yellowstone River every bend produced another jaw dropping vista. All the scenery really helped the 10 hour drive go by, but I am exhausted after 3 days of driving. I sure am glad I had help from a young couple on their way to Glacier NP for their summer jobs.... Thanks Carly and Mitch, you were great company and friends. Tonight I am parked in Bozeman, and then tomorrow I point the truck to West Yellowstone...my final destination before reporting for work on Monday. Stay tuned for my next installment...after I get settled in my dorm at Yellowstone.

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Comment by Bill Cooper on May 30, 2009 at 10:46am
Richard call me - heading up soon - you got my number hope things are well and i will be in your predicament very soon - i am going to try and writeyour number down too so i may call you later within the week take care bill
Comment by Nancy B. on May 26, 2009 at 10:21pm
Yay Richard! Hertzlich Wilkommen! You made it! Looking forward to hearing about your job, the vistas, fly fishing, and card games. Hope you have a good internet connection!
Comment by Bill Cooper on May 25, 2009 at 8:07pm
glad you made it Richard- hope to be joining you real soon cant wait for cards see you in a couple of weeks i hope
Comment by aggie71 on May 23, 2009 at 6:23am
Great hearing from you Connie....I had a feeling you were having Internet issues as a number of you seemed to disappear from the web site for the last two weeks. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to use my laptop and cell phone at Fishing Bridge. So I check in with DNC on Monday morning...I sure hope they are expecting me! It occurred to me on the way up that I really didn't contact them after getting my employment agreement, and returning all the paperwork. I assumed that if anything was wrong they would call me....there I go assuming again :-) Anyway, I am sure everything is just fine....I just like to worry a lot. Not sure how quick I'll make it to tower, but I know we wanted to share a hike or go horseback riding (or both!) My first priority is to get moved in, and get my work routine down. I'll be posting my time off days as soon as I know them. Hopefully will meet you soon. Richard
Comment by Connie on May 22, 2009 at 9:07pm
It is probably better that you are gettin in a little later than I did. We have been without so much at tower. Today is the first day I got my WiFi hookup and that is only because I caught the guy who was hooking it up and the rest is a long story. Mammouth and Tower were without electricity Thursday morning, We didn't get hot water until I think Wed. all the days are running together. But I did get my first paycheck today and it was a little more than I expected for the first week. Still not much.. but the scenery is part of the pay up here. As well as the interesting people you get to work with. I keep waffeling back and forth between loving it and wondering why in the world I said I would do this into September. I have virtually no phone service. I had a room where I did have it, but moved to this one thinking I could still get verizon... I have to go out on the fire escape to talk to anyone.. But, so far, I think the good outweighs the bad.. They openned Dunraven pass today and that is a big plus for getting around. Most of our customers show up just before the store closes and the lines get really long.. I have been the only person on cash register at that time.. but, it is working out well. The meals are so good I eat much to much!

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