Monday, June 25, 2012

Heading Back to Arizona

I applied to jobs with Xanterra again this month..jobs in Crater lake, Zion and a job at the Grand Canyon. Well after finally filling out all the needed info on the website, I finally got a job offer at the Grand canyon 4 days later. Not the job I applied for but still...it only took them 4 days to offer me a job. WOW, I have personally heard the HR staff tell people that it takes at least 4 weeks to hear anything; and it only took me 4 days. I guess I should look at thaat in a positive light. :) I start back to work there on July 16th. I am leaving Cooper Landing on July 2nd, to go spend a couple days in Anchorage and then I fly out to Phoenix on July 5th. My brother paid for the plane ticket and prices get jacked up after the 5th. So I'm trying to arrange a schedule to visit a friend in Prescott for a few days, and then spend a few days in Flagstaff and then maybe a couple days visiting another friend in Williams before I start work. Right now it's almost midnight in Alaska, but you can walk all around the yard without a flashlight. I love the fact that it doesn't really get dark here, but I also love the sunsets at the Grand canyon. But it gets so dark in Arizona after a sunset. I guess in order to enjoy a sunset I will have to tolerate the darkness again. There was a few things I had wanted to do at the canyon before and never gotten around to do them; guess I'm getting a second chance to check off more items on my bucket-list now.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Friend- Willow the Mule




I'm riding a HUGE mule named Willow. She was so big I needed help getting on & off of her. Once I was on her, she didn't seem so big. The wranglers chose this mule for me because she is good with kids and anyone who is not used to riding. But someone really needs to invent a padded saddle, cuz my butt still hurts this morning. Not sure how the mule-packers & tour guides can ride everyday....course someone on facebook told me that your butt gets tenderized and toughens up when you ride alot.

Well I can cross the mule-ride off my bucket list now, and I have no desire to do it again. My mule was great but the saddle was not. Not sure how I am going to work today...glad I only have a 1/2 shift today.

Today I woke up to snow outside and some very cold wind...glad I ain't riding a mule today :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pics of the day: DEER






I walked down to Maswik to get something to eat, for an early dinner. Saw these deer on my walk back home today...around 4pm.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011

Wow, what a year!

My favorite aunt died in April & my best friend left the Grand Canyon Park in June, then my mom dies unexpectedly on December 7th.

I did get to enjoy a smooth River trip in July and I took a greyhound bus to Missouri in August, to watch my son graduate from basic training.

I interviewed for a job in human resources in August but I didn't get the job...just as well because now I have 85 days left of work here before I move on to Anchorage,AK.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011


This was taken at the local school's Halloween Carnival.
My co-worker (the sailor) is a senior at the school. She moved here last Summer to live with her grandmother (the pirate). In this picture of them, they are trying to decide which cake they want because the sailor won a cake during the cake-walk.




I had thrown out my old costume a couple months ago when I noticed that it was ruined. I didn't want to buy a new costume just to wear for 1 night as I have no plans of carrying a costume to Alaska with me when I move in March.

I think pirate costumes were the "in" thing this year, as quite a few kids had some kind of pirate costume.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Yesterday in Tusayan




There is a new Live bird-show down at the IMAX theater in Tusayan. I finally went to check it out. Glad I get in free. No video cameras are allowed in the show but I was allowed to bring my digital camera in...I have more pictures on facebook.
One of the show's highlights is a raven that will come get dollar bills out of your hand and then put it into a fundraiser box.

The Pizza Hut area is also going through some recent changes, and they are hoping to make a buffet area in the future. I ate the orange chicken rice-bowl. There wasn't much going on in the art show area down near McDonald's. Hopefully there will be more tables out later in the Summer.