For the most part, we have found the other visitors to Yellowstone to be very courteous and polite — with most of them not in any big rush.
It doesn’t do any good to rush. You’ll just have to slow down a further down the road when you come up to more traffic — or a buffalo, elk, bear, coyote or , just maybe, wolf traffic jam.
Some people just can’t leave it at home. Some just have to bring their hurry up, go-go-go life with them to the park.
This morning, we were driving less than the 45 mile-per-hour speed limit somewhere between Norris Geyser Basin and Mammoth Hot Springs. Coming from the other direction a vehicle whipped out from behind a camper as soon as the vehicle in front of me was past him and then, as soon as he was past the camper, he whipped back into his lane. If I had been driving the speed limit, we might have been in a head-on collision.
As they went past our vehicle, I tried to make feel them more like they were back home. I pushed down hard on the center of the steering wheel. I’m sure the sound of the truck horn was something they were probably very familiar with — back home.
That may have been the first time I ever used the horn.
While at Mammoth, I talked with a park service worker who had been cleaning one of the restrooms yesterday when several tour buses showed up. Apparently power was out in the area at that time— and with it water pressure — and flush toilet. When she tried to tell the passengers that the flush toilets were not working, all she got was anger and verbal abuse. So she locked the doors.
I don’t understand why people have to be that way.
Yesterday, we were in one of the park stores in the Old Faithful area. Karen was waiting in line behind a lady who had brought an undercharge on a purchase from the grill to the attention of the cashier, which was the right thing to do, although it took time to figure out the right price and make the correction. However, the guy behind Karen was moaning and groaning loudly to his wife about the slow service and that there was only one checkout counter open. Karen said that she felt like telling the guy that the girl was just doing her job and that he should just give his purchases to his wife and go outside to cool off. But Karen would never do something like that.
Why do people have to be that way?
I guess for some, it’s just the way that they’re built.
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