I didn’t realize how long it has been since I last posted until my Aunt Patty so nicely pointed out last week. I suppose I didn’t really have anything to write about. After attending Market America’s World Conference in early August, I put my head down and got into the daily grind of work. Knowing that come mid September there would only be a few trips and a lot of people to work them I made a point to work as much as I could. I believe the saying goes: make hay while the sun is shining, and that I did.
As in most places, in Vail Labor Day marks the end of summer. The tourists start to leave, but so do my friends and coworkers. Many of them just leave for the off season and go on worldly adventures or to start a new job in a new place. To celebrate the end of a great summer the Ladies of Lakota got all dressed up and went out on the town in Beaver Creek. This is funny because as raft guides/bus drivers we wear a combination of (at most) 5 pieces of clothing all summer long and while Lakota employees (generally) have good hygiene, we don’t always shower every day. Just to emphasize: we are still the cleanest raft guides on the river.
We did miss a few of our lady coworkers (there are only 8 of us) it was still a great night. While the seafood platter was a bit of a splurge , it was the $15 drinks that really reminded us we work for a rafting company.
All in all it was a drama free summer. Naturally, there were some high tension days, because when you work with the same 30 people for 3 months straight, add in dumb customers, tempers are destined to flare. Despite those angry days, we became a family. Every summer is a little different with the comings and goings of new people, but once you’ve earned the respect of the “tenured” guides, you will always be a part of the family.
In the next few week we have tons of adventures planned as a group: Eagle River Clean-up Day, Glenwood Adventure Park, and Westwater Canyon! Keep an eye out for those posts!