Seems like all I hear these days is what’s happening on Game of Thrones. While I have nothing against television shows featuring dragons and nasty little kings, my favorite show is to watch the progress of the snow plows as they make their way into Yellowstone Park.
First, let’s back up a little. As I told you a couple of weeks ago, the National Park Service (NPS) announced that it would delay plowing roads by two weeks as part of a budget-cutting plan because of sequestration. Instead of just allowing that to happen, some folks around here decided to take action and contacted the state of Wyoming. In short time a deal was worked out where the state would supply plowing equipment and crews if the town could raise the money to cover expenses.
Under the leadership of our Chamber of Commerce, the town raised $100,000 in only five working days. The plows are now working their way from the East Gate up Sylvan Pass while NPS plows are heading from Lake Village toward our crews.
The fun part for me is that I like to watch their progress. From Monday through Thursday the crews work 10-hour shifts. From Tuesday through Friday, NPS updates their progress on its web site at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/plowing.htm. The map shows the locations of the plows as well as which roads are already open and which still need to be cleared.
If you want to see the crews and equipment themselves, there are photos available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowstonenps/sets/72157633095213729/.
Even with some recent snowfalls, the crews are making great progress. At this time of year there is always a chance of snow accumulating in the higher elevations like Sylvan Pass, but I am confident that the road inside the park will open on schedule May 3.
Thanks to the crews, our own knights in armor.
Until next time, I’ll be watching the progress of those snow plows here in Buffalo Bill’s Yellowstone Country!