Another short one today – my days seem to be getting longer as I try to squeeze in every possible moment of wonder in Wonderland.
Day 16 highlights:
1. Drove back from Bozeman this morning. Would you like to know how long it takes to get into the Park on a beautiful morning in the middle of summer? No, you really would not.
2. More traffic study today. I spent most of the survey period sitting in the shadow of a big sign, which has the twin advantages of making me relatively inconspicuous (the better to obtain unbiased results – more people stop when they see a uniformed presence) and allowing me to loll about in the shade.
However, sometime around 6 the bitey flies emerged, and I had to stand up to escape them. It turned out very few people who saw me there guessed what I was doing anyway, but LOTS of people happily waved. Especially kids. What a sweet gig. I seem to walk around with a smile on my face constantly here. Crazily enough, it’s mostly genuine.
3. IT RAINED TODAY! Like, I saw actual drops. I even heard thunder! There were at least 5 color combinations in the sky I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.
4. Knocking on wood each time, several of us on staff cautiously remarked on the gloriously elk-free day. I learned that on cooler days (like this) they don’t seek the shade and irrigated lawns of Mammoth. So of course the minute I let down my guard and started looking at my phone on the way to the gym, I practically walked into this gal. (It took me a second to switch to camera mode – in truth when I saw her I was only about 10 yards away).
5. Any good health thoughts sent to our family would be super appreciated. Nothing to report on at this point, or to panic over, just getting some stuff checked out. But good energy is always, well, good!
Til tomorrow – hope everyone’s week is off to a beautiful start!