Sunday, April 03, 2016
Yesterday we celebrated the grand opening of our all-new, completely renovated Sasquatch Encounter Discovery Museum. It was a great day for the Sasquatch Outpost, as we had 58 people go through the museum (most of them adults), and we also had our first $1000 sales day in at least four months. So if this is any indication of the draw the Sasquatch Encounter will have, I'm very encouraged. We were looking for something that could ensure more of a year-round customer base, rather than just in the summer months. "Thrive in the summer, and survive the winter" - that's the motto for all mountain businesses. Maybe that's about to change for us. It was also a bitter-sweet day for me personally, as I just returned last Wednesday evening from my Mother's memorial service. I've never been through the loss of a parent, and I'm still not sure how I'm doing emotionally today. This morning is the first chance I've had in many, many weeks to sit down and quietly reflect on all that's happened in our lives of late. I know that I will miss Mom dearly, and I haven't even begun to allow myself to feel the void that she will leave. And yet, the last week I had with her, Dad and all my siblings was perhaps the sweetest we've ever experienced as a family. Each of us had lots of time to spend with Mom alone while she was still alert, and I am very, very grateful for that. This is a new day for Dad, who at 85 years young had been married to Mom for nearly 65 years. That's something worth talking about in today's world of temporary marriages. She will be dearly and deeply missed.
I will forever be grateful to our two angels - Julie and Susan - who worked tirelessly for an entire week to finish the Encounter museum while I was with my family in Alabama. There is no way I can adequately thank them for this sacrifice of love and friendship. They have shown us what true friendship looks and feels like, and they now have lifetime free membership to the Sasquatch Encounter Discovery Museum!!! We have more work to do in the museum (like adding glowing eyes in the cave/gold mine, and adding Bigfoot sounds to the nighttime nature track that is currently playing in the Bigfoot forest. But all in all, I'd say this group of green-horn Museum builders all did a pretty damn great job putting this whole thing together! Well done everyone!