I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 6:55 AM GMT on August 16, 2012
Well done UK. Obviously everyone liked your perspective of the Olympics.
I still do not know why she does not have her own blog. It would help me as I could visit when I am able. Not easy to do this right now.
Wish I could have seen the Olympics. Wish I could have watched the highlights. Wish I had a day off.
I saw a little. Heard TEAM USA barely won via my own blog. Sad.
I was channel surfing and saw a cooking show (Master Chef?) where they cooked on the rim of the Grand Canyon.
It brought back memories. My baby sister FRANKENTUCKY / Yellafella worked on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for about 10 years. For me, a DREAM JOB.
If you have been to the Grand Canyon, I bet you have been to the South Rim. 90% of the human race does the same thing. Hence the crowds you saw.
NORTH Rim is the prize. Less crowds as it is a bit of a drive. As you head north from the south rim to cruise to the north, signs advise it is 160 miles to get there (I think).
But I had several opportunities to take advantage of the situation with my sister. They close down mid-October, actually closing a gate. At one point I had the key to that gate.
From that gate, there is a 60 mile ride to the rim. The road stops at the rim, a sudden drop off. There is a lodge (now only housing a nice restaurant) and about 200 cabins. My sister and her now defunct boyfriend MIKE maintained those buildings over the winter. They had snow machines on the roofs. If there was a medical emergency, they had a 60 mile snow machine ride or call a helicopter.
he gates close in October as the chance of a heavy snow is now in play. But it may NOT happen for some time. So it was the best time to visit my sister. We did this a couple of times. CASA was there, as well as the folks.
And we experienced some of the best cookouts ever for me. Trust me, that says something. We did Cape Royal and Point Imperial. But the best was right at the lodge. There were rocking chairs for a few hundred to watch the sunset. But now it was just US. It was OUR porch. Hard on the edge of the canyon. Straight down. Unbelievable views. The sun going down and it all changes every few minutes. Color unlimited. Constantly taking pictures.
Truly a unique experience. Nobody around but us, something thousands were paying for a few weeks prior, now there were about 12 of us.
Unfortunately Fran is no longer there. I miss it.
Another guy abandoned his job here, the current senior guy. It is all good. I would prefer he leave as he is not usually showing up. Hired a new guy and he is doing great. Building a new core of people who want to work. Future looks good. Present is tough.
Last week the ABANDON GUY set the brake on the wing truck and it did not SET. As he was unloading the truck, it moved forward. There is a plate that bridges the gap between truck and dock, but it was not enough as the truck rolled away about 20 feet. The gap widened, and the forklift and he dropped to the ground. He could have been killed. But the forklift landed upright with him astraddle. I walked out just after it happened. Frankly, I was more upset than he.
Our warehouse is being occupied by a family of ground squirrels. They run in and out like the birds who did the same thing during the winter. They are pretty friendly.
GNU GUY has been gone for a week or so, trying to get back. Stuck in Anchorage on standby, flight delayed due to fog. Meanwhile we have a loaner guy from Seattle doing very well. NEWER GUY.
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