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Settling Down For The Long Haul

Here I am already a month into the work here at Mt. Rushmore. So far we have had a mixed bag of weather, snow,rain and sunshine. Sometime all in one day. We just about have a full working crew and can settle down for the summer. One or two have washed out already, other's moved into new position. The RV park we stay in, is all but full. The new owner of Xanterra Parks and Resorts have started putting their changes in place. More will be coming as time goes by. Business has been steady. We make our goal (moneywise) 6 days out of 7. So far lots of overseas tourist are out and about. I feel the Americans will stay in the USA and not go overseas for their vacations. HR has hired some young students from overseas but did not lean heavy into it. I am seeing more retired employees this year.
My sister and her husband are up working also and it has been nice having some of my family to visit with.
It will not be all work and no play for us. HR and all that signed up has already taken a trip down to Crazy Horse Memorial and was shown a good time with lunch provided. They were taken out on Crazy Horse's arm and not very many get to do that. Black Hills Playhouse will soon get started and we will attend their dress rehearsal, just to name a few that are planned.
We have new cash registers this year and it has been an education just to get the cash draw open let along ring up a sale. But Old Dogs can learn new tricks and even remember it the next day. So there is hope for me yet. I for one intend to enjoy the new ones that have joined our group and it was great getting to hug the ones I worked with last year. Just like coming home.
Here is hoping that all that are doing seasonal work have a great summer.

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Comment by Barb on June 22, 2009 at 8:56pm
Made it to Rapid City, will spend tomorrow night in Hill City, then check in with HR on Wednesday, your day off. Weather was sure beautiful today and glad to see it's a little cooler up in the hills. Looking forward to find out what type of job I'll have, haven't worked in 3 years and the ole muscle tone is waning! Hope to get some pictures like yours on the 4th!!
Comment by Sue on May 23, 2009 at 8:03am
Would love to impart any info that might be helpful to you. Yes Xanterra was sold and finalized by the first of this year. The new owner is Philip Anschutz Com. He was born and raised in Kansas. 3 kids and wife's name is Nancy. HDQ out of Denver, CO. Yes I would love to write to you.
Comment by CHRISTINA on May 23, 2009 at 7:35am
Sue - would like to communicate with you more; am thinking of buying a 5th wheel, 30 foot is my limit, or a motorhome. Obviously you are able to drive it, park it etc. Do you find it is easier as you get older, or harder. I'm 61 but not sure how strong I am if it requires strength. I have worked for Xanterra before in Yellowstone, but now work for the park service. Who purchased Xanterra and when? Did I miss something last year or is it just recently? I'd love to correspond directly and pick your brain about the RV, so if you'd contact me at champ12127@aol.com that would be great. Have a wonderful summer. I stopped at Mt. Rushmore on my way home from Y-stone last year. Enjoyed it. Christina
Comment by Sue on May 21, 2009 at 9:48pm
Good to hear from you Jason, Yes we are ready for another summer in Rushmore. I love it up here. the new security is as straight lace as they come. But I guess that is needed in his position. Don't know who will be security in the dorm. I hear a woman will be security at night. But we are off with a crash and boom so far. Looking forward to a great summer. Take care Jason and let me hear from you as time permits.
Comment by Jason S. on May 21, 2009 at 7:22pm
Hey Sue,

Glad to see you are back to Rushmore this season. I am sorry that I am not there to see the changes that have taken place since last season. I hear the whole security department is pretty much new this season. Tell everyone from last year I said hello. :)

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