Out and About Personal Life

My New Job at a National Park

Last week, I took an Amtrak train from St. Paul to Glacier National Park to begin my seasonal job working in a kitchen at one of the lodges. I am living and working in St. Mary, Montana, in northwestern Montana, close to the Canadian border.

After getting off the train in the blackness of night last week, the first thing I noticed was the smell of pine permeating the air. I likened it to fictional F.B.I. special agent Dale Cooper from “Twin Peaks” asking about the smell after arriving in Washington State (the smell is Douglas fir, an evergreen tree). I foresee the pine smell becoming a Proustian madeleine for me. And I wouldn’t mind living in the Pacific Northwest long-term (it is simply breathtaking); I just wouldn’t want to be around bears or moose!

The first two photos were taken with my iPhone, while the last three were taken with my Canon EOS R.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, and the weather is looking up. I will need to get used to this rainy biome, but so far I cherish it (just not the bears or moose!).

The view from my temporary neighborhood near sunset. May 26, 2023, at 9:19 p.m.
Sign for St. Mary Village. My employer is the large building on the right. May 27, 2023, at 6:43 p.m.
The view from my temporary neighborhood near sunrise. May 28, 2023, at 6:30 a.m.
Cellular tower near my temporary home. May 28, 2023, at 6:32 a.m.
A moose appeared on the road shortly after beginning my journey with my professional camera this morning, forcing me to turn around and prematurely start this post. May 28, 2023, at 6:33 a.m.
Crop of the moose in the previous photo.