April 25, 2016
8am start time came early for me after six months of unemployment, or as I’d rather call it semi-retirement. The end of April is time to go back to work. Five returning Rangers met our new Admin Assistant and the Boss to do paper work, it’s the government you know. Plus we had to catch up with each other’s winter doings. And it started to snow, grapple really which is unfortunately very dry stuff when we need the moisture. Came down hard most of the day. Back to winter. At least it held off a few days to get settled in. Seems it usually snows the day I arrive or the next day.
Then the boss talked about some changes to our program scheduling. Nothing too major. Exchanged an hour long mid-day kid program with a 20 minute morning “Geo Glimpse”. Think I’ll talk about fossils. Also added a guided hike on the Widforss Trail mornings that staffing allows. Being the trail is named after painter Gunnar Widforss I might try to focus visitors to look at nature with an artist’s eye. Heck every body carries some kind of camera these days. Yet I’m not sure I’m qualified to teach photography.
Instead of working four 10-hour days like in the past many seasons we’ll be working a 5/4/9 schedule. As soon as I figure that out I’ll let you know. It adds up to 80 hours over a two week pay period. So one week we work five days with two days off and the next week we work four days with three days off.
The first two Artist-in-Residence arrive on opening day, May 15th. More on them as I find out.
Another Ranger and I will be marching in Kanab’s Amazing Earthfest parade May 14th. I think a float is being sent over from the South Rim. Lots of activities are happening for the week of May 8-14. More on that coming also.
Next week we’re going to the South Rim Monday to Wed/Thurs for training.
After lunch we all tackled a long overdue clean up in our tiny offices. Four piles for broken and antiquated stuff: trash, recycle (none inventoried electronics to Kanab’s Earthfest), surplus to the South Rim, and the I don’t knows. Opened up a little space to rearrange what’s left. Then we all fought and won with the computers trying to log on with IT’s help and do some more official business.
We still have much to do get ready to open. Going to be a great season.