Let me think…We’ve been busy! Work takes up a bit of time during the day. We’re getting some good hours which is nice. I’m not quite enjoying my job, but its not bad. I like the people I work with and my background at Starbucks helps me enjoy “connecting” with customers. Josh’s job is going well too. He does a lot of walking. Quite a change from sitting at a desk!
We were both off last Sunday, so we went to hike
The next few days we weren’t able to go anywhere. There was a slight oil leak in the car and we were waiting on a part to get to us. Josh was able to fix it very easily though. And then we were free to drive places! This park is so big that we need transportation to get everywhere. There aren’t too many hikes right in this area.
Once the car was fixed we went one evening to Canyon (another area in the park). Near there is a Mud Volcano. We stopped to check it out. Steam is created underground from water being heated by magma. It pushes its way up and in some areas it gushes out through mud, creating a goopy boiling pot. It’s really cool. In other areas there is sulfur steaming up from the ground. It bubbles up into pools of water creating an extremely acidic mixture. Certain types of bacteria (I can’t remember what they are called) live in these extreme conditions. The different types of bacteria are bright colored making rings and trails of colors flowing from the boiling water. Its amazing.
Yesterday I was off all during the day, so while Josh worked I hiked. I hiked the nearby trail called Elephant Back. We had done it before, but I didn’t want to just sit in our dorm room, so I got out. It was very refreshing to just get outside and breathe the fresh air and see the beauty of God’s creation.
Later I went with some friends from work to Lone Star Geyser. That hike was very easy. It was on an old paved road so it was very flat and smooth. There was a beautiful river that wound around the trail. The geyser was a very unique shape. We missed it going off, it had erupted about twenty minutes before we got there and it was going to be another three hours before it went again. We did get to see the steam pouring out of the top which was really neat. We didn’t stay to see it blow since we all had to get back to work.
After all this hiking I’m already a quarter of the way to reaching my One Hundred Miles. (Yeah, I joined the club!) Josh reached his hundred last time he was here. He is now in the Five Hundred Mile Club. I doubt he’ll reach that this year, but if we ever come again he can keep working on it.
And I must tell you that is actually snowing right now. I think we have encountered all four seasons since we’ve been here. It is quite odd. The weather changes suddenly and drastically. And the sun is out for a very long time. It rises before five-thirty and doesn’t go down until after nine. Plenty of light for hiking activities!
I don’t have much else to share right now. Today I got an extra day off. My boss said I’ve been working so hard that he’s rewarding me with a day off. I took it since my legs are so sore from hiking over nine miles yesterday and then bussing tables all night. I don’t mind resting sometimes! And I can update this. We miss you all and would love to hear from some of you!