Today is May 8 and we have almost completed one month of our three month stint as Camp Hosts. It is still early but I thought I would share a bit about our experience.
We got here just in time for a major snow storm. It was very cool (no pun intended) to get to experience Bryce Canyon blanketed in snow and it meant there weren’t many campers while we got acclimated. Unfortunatley, the weather hasn’t warmed up much since then and we’ve had to wear our cold-weather uniforms pretty much every morning we’ve been on duty.
We can do our rounds in the Polaris but we have been opting to walk most of the time. For those of you interested in the details of the job (at least as it is here):
So, the annoying thing about the job is “hassling” people about the rules. We are only responsible for giving a friendly reminder and by far, the majority of people have been great about it. (There have been a couple of incidents already, though.) The challenge has been figuring out which rules people really need to be reminded about. Our “boss” has his own priority issues and of course there are safety concerns. It has taken most of the month for me to get comfortable with what to bring to the attention of the campers (and ultimately, in some cases, the attention of the Law Enforcement Ranger.)
We have had the campsite of six 20-somethings (who were old enough to know better) setting up their tent behind the sign that said “Please Keep Off”, parking on the grass and leaving a burning fire unattended. The Law Enforcement contingent got seriously involved in this one!
My favorite camper was the guy that showed up, got out of his truck and promptly started peeing in his campsite! He was in plain view from our site (where I was sitting at the picnic table with my mouth open not sure I was seeing this right) and the road.
We’ve been working a three day on/three day off schedule. When the weather is good, we hike on our days off or drive to town. Only one of us has to be in camp when we are on-duty so Alan can do the wash or we take turns going to the employee gym (both of which are free.) I’ve actually gotten more sewing done here than I get at home since I can sew a lot of the day when we are on-duty … which is exactly what I’m going to go do now!