Day Forty Three (CDR)… The Nugget Cafe Closed for the Winter… 09/16/15

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The cows even came to show their respect even though we basically serve them on a plate for people to eat… lol…

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This was the dreaded day, saying goodbye to #TheNuggetCafe… There were just some loose ends to tie and we were done for the #season…

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I walked into an already eager crew doing their final cleaning of the kitchen…

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I put everything away in storage and all that was left was steam cleaning the carpet and wiping down the logs which help form the walls of The Nugget Cafe…

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Richard was finishing some final cleaning on the slip proof mats we use…

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All while the mountains watched… witnessing this every year and existing for millions of years on top of that…

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Our change seemed insignificant compared to what these mountains have seen over the years… I’m sure they love the company but are ever used to the loneliness winter brings…

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Richard and I had to take a ride past the #TaylorTrailerPark to empty grease waste into some steal drums…

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I had never ventured up here and was amazed at all of the old junk that was stored up here along with an amazing view…

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You could see the #KranorFamily’s vast equipment up here… Looks like they had done some #farming in the past also… Probably selling #hay to #farmers for their #cows…

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Not a soul was up here but the remnants showed the evolution of #TaylorPark and how they eventually evolved to what we see today…

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I want this bus! It reminds me of #TheMagicBus with #JackKerouac and #KenKesey… Great documentary on Netflix about their #travels across the #US in a #bus very similar to this one…

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There’s Dave leaving after the kitchen was completely done… Only Chris, myself, Richard and Jason stayed for the carpet cleaning…

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And after about a couple of hours of wall scrubbing and carpet cleaning, The Nugget Cafe was ready to close for the season…

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I felt this sunken feeling as we got ready to leave yet a happiness considering the cleaning was over…

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Here’s the results of my efforts! I tell you folks, if you want a clean place to eat, you are going to get it here! This place couldn’t be any more clean!

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I found myself picturing my two new buddies cleaning the dishes… Griffin and Michael were invited back to become #waiters if they wanted to, next year… Something I told them they should take advantage off knowing the skill has served me well over the past 16 years…

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I visualized Dave screaming behind the line with his infectious laugh while Jason silently helps him and Richard preps food… I thought about Billy’s enthusiasm about specials, like “The Burger of the Day…” And how they found it hilarious when I mistakenly charged $12 for a grilled cheese sandwich with south western soup when it was just $6 on the menu… they were so shocked how many I sold regardless…

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I thought about Chris and how great of a leader he was basically letting you do your job without any #micromanaging what so ever…

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I made $5500 over 5 weeks… A good start to pay the $19,000 I now owed in mechanic bills for #TheMillenniumFalcon…

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The Kranor family, all of their workers and The Nugget Cafe helped me achieve part of this huge feat while giving me so many great experiences…

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This was not a job folks! It was men coming together and forgetting their differences to accomplish another lucrative season and we did just that…

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And all while #MatchlessMountain…

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And #ParkConeMountain overlooked… providing us with the biggest lesson of all… And that’s unity! For without that unity, none of this would have been possible and I think we take that for granted sometimes but these #mountains will always be here to remind us of just that… Because when #TheTravelingMac makes his way back up here, and I will, these mountains will surely be here eagerly waiting to see the next chapter sure to come about…

A complete #paradise folks with many lessons to learn and I learned quite a few… For if you have any questions, just climb one of these moutons and I assure you they will be at least somewhat answered on the way back down…

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