Day 18-can it be? Today I bid the park farewell for now. I had some flexibility in my leaving time and some things I needed to get back to Chicago for, so when offered the chance to wrap things up late this afternoon instead of trying to leave tomorrow night after full day of work, I took it.
The parting moments that will stand out in my memory:
1) The Mammoth district ranger to whom I’ve reported saying I (and Lou Dee) will always have a place there (believe me we’re already plotting next time!)
2) after I tried to sneak out just leaving a note for my house mates, because I knew I was going to get all emotional, my roommate who was on duty in a squad car calling me and saying I’d better pull over to give her a hug
3) come to think of it, receiving multiple hugs today from people in body armor – an odd sensation!
4) the Elk being extra flighty and weird today, just as a parting shot.
5) realizing I hadn’t actually taken a single photo of myself with something that said “Yellowstone”, pulling over at the very last possible sign, and then wondering how I was going to manage it. Then, as has been the case all month, being asked by a visitor to do something because I’m in uniform- -in this case, take a group photo. But you know what that meant they did for me? You guessed it!