Day 18: Perhaps the most amazing thing about this place is that even everyday moments are so sublime. I thought today I’d share a few examples of the everyday becoming magical.
Today began a project that Ranger Tim and I had talked about since before I arrived, and which actually is a microcosm of several age-old debates about how best to balance access and preservation. One of the most popular thermal attractions is soaking in the area of the Gardiner River that is fed by the sensibly named Boiling River; it opened today for the first time this season. We’re experimenting with new parking arrangements that we hope will both rationalise and moderate access.
So I’m gathering data on use of the new lot. My presence garnered a lot of questions from visitors about what I was doing. Many, after they learned, commented on the beauty of my “office.” In truth, maybe that’s one of the reasons most folks who spend a lot of time here are so friendly – it’s pretty easy when you wake up full of gratitude every day.
So today’s highlights:
1. This (pic 1) for my office
2. This (video 1) for a walk down the hall
When my day wrapped, I was already halfway to Gardiner, so did a quick run to the market. As I left,
3. video 2,
4. picture 2 and
5. video 3 all happened within one five minute stretch. And the mad thing is, these aren’t even uncommon experiences. Although yes, the elk are now f*ing following me into town.