I will share a bit about Daughter # 3 because, in some ways, she is just like me and in one very special way she is not. That girl is the most adventuresome young lady I know. I was not all. Right now she is 26, working and sharing a townhouse with Daughter #2 and #2's boyfriend.
When she was barely 20, she had tried college and found it was not for her, but didn't really know what she wanted in life. There were no jobs in Michigan so she got on the computer, job hunting in other states. For me, that was very scary. For her, exciting. In a few days, I mean under a week, she had applied and been hired to work at a resort (Signal Mountain Lodge) in the Grand Teton National Park, near Jackson, Wyoming.
They hire about 180 employees just for the April - October season.Then they close to the public. The employees live in dorms, eat in the EDR (employee dining room) and work. She was hired as a hostess. There are 2 restaurants and a bar.
Airfare was outrageous. Over $500.00 one way. So, she took the train. I think it was two days, but it might have been three. She was scared and excited and on her way to Hogwarts, she said. So we took her to the train station and waited until we saw her board to leave. Her Dad shed more than one tear when he hugged her goodbye.
She worked at various jobs, always getting promotions to something better, for 4 years. One season she was hired in the Human Resources Department that works year around so she was was one of about 15 that stay through the winter. 600 inches of snow to shovel is a lot. ( Once they did hire a guy from Louisiana to come be a shoveler. Think about that culture shock.)
Being in a National Park, the animals all roam free. People, these are wild creatures. Get in your cars.
We saw Elk, bear, moose and bison along with pronghorns crossing the roads, on the sides of the roads, and walking down the middle of the road.
Dan showing Terry how to pan for gold.
She still swears it is the best place ever to work. Most of the employees float from one resort to another with the seasons. There are boyfriend/girlfriend couples and singles like herself. There are retired couples and people of all ages. Her last season out she had a roommate that was my age.
The staff are treated to theme parties, cookouts, camping, and the use of all the resort facilities. She went in a young woman without a mission and came out an adult with goals.
I highly recommend it as a parent that was a little afraid of her daughter venturing out on her own. I live in a Marine town. I know our young people are doing far more dangerous things and God bless them . ( Welcome home from Afghanistan to my nephew Adam.)
This was another way to grow up for a girl that wanted to stretch her wings.
Dixie Chicks "Wide Open Spaces" is my ringtone for her.......