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I have been at Yellowstone now for a few weeks and that one question has been bugging me. Why do so many folks keep coming back here to work during the summer? I look around me at work and realize that the vast majority of people that I have met are "returnees"...some have worked here for over 10 years and expect to keep coming back. Now I know the $7.25/hour can't be the big draw. And the work itself is just like working in a store in a big city (i.e. nothing special). The food has been great, but again, I don't think people come here for the EDR food (I have heard that in past years it was terrible). So what's the big deal?

Last Monday I got my answer. I was driving back to the park from Cody Wyoming after spending the day at the Buffalo Bill Museum (a MUST SEE if you are ever in Cody BTW). I decided to take the long way back via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the NE Entrance to the Park. What a spectacular drive! The scenery was spellbinding....especially with evening thunderstorms adding an extra flare to the mountain landscapes and vistas. I came to Cooke City to find a sleepy mountain town (with dogs sleeping on the road through town in fact!) and finally the NE entrance to Yellowstone. It seems as soon as I passed the park boundary the wildlife began appearing around every corner. A mule deer here, an Elk there. A lone Buffalo wandering along the roadway. Birds of every description. Then I entered the Lamar Valley...OMG. I saw herds of HUNDREDS of Buffalo. I had no idea such a sight still existed in America. It just overwhelmed me what a special and unique place this is. As I approached Roosevelt junction I stopped for an official Yellowstone Bear Jam....what fun! A black bear was goofing around about 25 yards off the highway and there was a ton of people enjoying the show (including me!). The park ranger was there also making sure the people and bear were kept separate and safe. On to Tower Falls....where there had just been a rain shower. I came upon the most vivid, spectacular complete rainbow I have ever seen in my life....it was simply stunning! It arched the Valley from one side to the other, and stood out boldly against the dark storm clouds. I continued my drive...but by now I knew why people keep coming back here year after year. Wonderland.

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Comment by Jammie Sasser on March 5, 2011 at 4:45pm

Love the way your described it . Can't wait to see it myself..

Comment by Linda on August 20, 2009 at 1:52pm
Love Montana/Wyoming - all the Rockies! Woe is me, I let myself be talked into settlin' down; it's been 3 1/2 years and this GypsyGal's feet are itching to GO!! Hopefully 2010 will be the year. After all, I do have another goal to complete, that of seeing all 50 states TWICE by - gulp! - the age of 70. Only have about 10 to see for the second time. Thanks CoolWorks for helping me accomplish the first goal, seeing all 50 states by age 50!!
Comment by Bill Cooper on June 19, 2009 at 11:21am
I have seen rainbows for the last 4 nights and just this morning we saw 4 black bears and 1 grizzly bear - along with many more animals as well aggie let's play some cards aspen dorm 503 in mammoth
Comment by Bill Berg on June 19, 2009 at 9:58am
Ain't it great? We had some out-of-this-world rainbows up here in the north end of the park last night.

We're looking forward to meeting you Monday night!
Comment by Eric Lund on June 19, 2009 at 9:57am
Great post! I could picture the whole thing vividly. I love that route you took between Cody and YNP. (Isn't that Dead Indian Pass? How un-PC!)

We're getting ready to head into the park this weekend for our big Cool Works get together. Looking forward to seeing the sights and meeting some cool people. Maybe we'll see you there?

Eric

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