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Post by markskor » Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:29 am

Just finished up my last shift of the season, Yosemite, at the Tuolumne Store...which BTW, closed a day early due to snow. (More to come on the season, later.) Yesterday, woke up to 4 inches of Sierra cement...time to pack up our tents behind the store. The season was over, and they give us three days to vacate.

First order of business was to clean up the tent (sigh), and get everything packed up small enough to fit back into the Jeep. Then had to take down the Twilight Lounge...2 stoves, propane tanks, tarps, X-mas lights, lounge chairs, Weber BBQ, carpets... and store everything into the shipping containers behind the store, ready again for the next season.
They had closed down 120 at the pass for the night.
Dwaine (Grill lead) decided to cook a massive group dinner feast for all of us who had stayed and were now snowed in. Derek, (housing guy) brought in a load of wood...thus we had food, heat, some good bourbon, and enough beer. So, we had an epic snowball fight and waited until they re-opened Tioga Pass.
fairview dome 2.jpg
snow at Twilite Lounge.jpg
wood truck.jpg
danny.jpg
snow store.jpg
Today, back home in Mammoth...Just wanted to say hi.
Mark
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Post by The Other Tom » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:10 am

Thanks, Mark. That last pic is epic.

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Post by ERIC » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:15 am

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Post by acorad » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:41 pm

Good to meet you up there and put a face to the name!

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Post by JMat » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:27 pm

Welcome back, Mark. I was up there for what was supposed to be the last four days before they closed but I was just rolling through Lee Vining on Thurs the 26th I got the email that said they were closing eveything down a day early. Stayed a couple nights in the campground(and looked for you at the store Mark) and when they kicked us out at noon on Saturday we headed down to the June Lake Autumn Beerfest. All in all... still a great weekend.

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Post by Harlen » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:52 pm

Good to meet you up there and put a face to the name!
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Post by Silky Smooth » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:06 am

Missed you a couple times up there Mark early season. Hope all is well. Thanks for posting all the art, being a featured artist, and congrats to another season! Ive been very behind this season on the forum here. Hit me up if your back the eastside and want to come paint down in the hills. Your always welcomed!

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Post by MountainMinstrel » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:56 pm

Another that was glad to meet you this year. Next year I am hoping that my health will allow my to make a second attempt to do the JMT and I hope to share a few with you as I pass through.
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Re: Back from Tuolumne

Post by markskor » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:42 pm

Much thanks to all those who stopped in to say hi. Yes, it is a constant area of high activity there in the store... not much time to converse when it gets busy. Sorry if I was ever a bit hurried to talk.
BTW, they just sent me my "next year's" invitation to again slave away at the Tuolumne Store 2020.
I accepted of course...too much fun. So, next year, if I'm not working when you are in the area...just come back...I live in tent 9, just behind the store.
The OldRanger and wife Kathy popped in a few nights with his son Matt and "soon to be" wife Megan...tri-tip dinner, smoked Koke's, and good bourbon in hand. They got to share a few dinners in the Twilight Lounge with the rest of the TM Club Med crew...good times!
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Post by Harlen » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:34 pm

BTW, they just sent me my "next year's" invitation to again slave away at the Tuolumne Store 2020.
I accepted of course...too much fun.
Congratulations Mark, you do a great job there I'm sure.... are you a starving artist the rest of the year?

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