JoDo Chasing Rainbows

Working in the time of COVID

We started our summer job a few weeks ago.  We work at the same campground as last year.  This year is quite different though.  To have proper social distancing, we have 4 people working on a shift instead of 5.  There are barriers on our windows and in between workers.  We must sanitize our stations in between shifts and the office every two hours.  We all get our temperature checked at the beginning of each workday.

It seems that visitors are not prepared for the changes put in place to keep them and us safe. We must wear a face covering while working.  Most of the guests are not wearing masks when they come to check in.  Most are not following safe social distancing even though there are signs.

From the news, it seems the number of cases is continuing to increase in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.  One contractor working in the park has tested positive thus far.  He worked on the construction crew in another part of the park.  Thus far that has been the only positive employee in the park.  We spend most of our time visiting less traveled parts of the park or we get up early so that we can visit an area before the crowds descend. 

We are fine.  We stay in our little bubble.  We were masks whenever we are in public. We are enjoying our down time. One thing that we have noticed is that we are less connectivity.  We are not getting any signal except at Canyon.  This means we won’t be able to answer questions until we are in that part of the park. We don’t know how the summer will progress but for now we are good.

Update July 8: The day this article posted our company updated the policy so that all guests must wear a mask to receive service. So far most guest comply without incident.

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West Thumb and strange Elk

We saw the funniest and most sane example of elk acting like humans on June 23rd.  We had just finished hiking the lake overlook trail and were driving to Grant Village.  Two cow elk (you know I like to call them lady elk since they are so regal) came out into the road into the crosswalk.  They stop all the traffic.  One turns towards the road and the baby elk come out to cross the street.  One of the babies crosses in the crosswalk.  The other starts looking around roaming around the middle of the road.  It takes its sweet time crossing the street.  Donna and I turned to each other and said this little one won’t make it past three.  That behavior is going to get it hit by a car. The ladies then leave the road allowing cars to start driving again.

We were initially in the area to hike the overlook for Lake Yellowstone. It is a 1.7 mile lollipop loop with beautiful view of the thumb part of Lake Yellowstone. The hill climb is fairly mild so it is an easy hike for those who have good mobility.