It’s the end of my first Ranger season and now I’m leaving Grand Canyon National Park. What a grand summer! Actually 5 ½ months of grand, spring thru fall. After being a seasonal for 14 years it hasn’t gotten any easier to say goodbye, to the people or the place. And yet, I’m always ready for the break. I not only did my last program yesterday, but also the last program of the season. I look forward to returning in the spring.
Rainbow of wildflowers
Fall Aspens along the Bridle trail
Sunset from Toroweap
This morning my boss took the Rangers to breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge. There are only two of us left, but we were joined by others to celebrate a birthday. Afterwards I turned in my keys and badge which makes the end of season feel very official.
Grand Canyon Lodge
Bright Angel bronze in Lodge
However, I’m not quite out of here yet. I plan to leave Sunday morning and will probably only go as far as Cameron Trading Post & RV Park. Then Monday home to Yarnell, via Prescott to have the RV inspected for AZ plates.
Then back to semi-retirement for six months. Ahhh. . . . . Also back to friends, making jewelry, and dial-up. Yea, what’s up with that? Here on the remote North Rim Qwest can provide DSL, but not in Yarnell only about 50 miles NE of Phoenix. How archaic. Does anyone else still have dial-up?
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