After weeks of trying to find a way to make it work, I finally broke up with Denali. I hope we can still be friends.
I likened the struggle to "The Old Man and the Sea," where I was the marlin on the other end of Denali's line. They had said they really wanted me and were obviously working hard to make it possible for us to come up there and for Amber to be able to do her work from there, as though the supervisor were straining and reeling in the big fish. The fish struggled and swam but slowly got reeled in by the fisherman. Alas, it could not be brought into the boat and the sharks ate away at it.
An 11th hour deal was brokered to let us live in park housing together as long as Amber volunteered - and there was a good computer thing for her to do with just a few hours a week - but there was no way to get Amber the internet connection she needed to do her work. Ultimately, the deal fell through because the park wouldn't let us put up a satellite dish.
I credit the people of Denali National Park for being extraordinarily cooperative and helpful. It would have been a great deal for all of us if it had worked out. Maybe next year.
Here's a cool video about Denali. After you hit "play," double click the video to go to full screen.
Meanwhile, I am waiting to see if Voyageurs will make an offer for the Lead Park Ranger position, or if Theodore Roosevelt will get its hiring certificate for the Lead Park Ranger position, or else I will commit to Glacier on Friday. As long as nothing has broken down there, I will be at Two Medicine. This will all need to get sorted out before Friday, the last day I have been allowed to stall before making a commitment to either come back to Glacier or not. It would be my 6th season there, believe it or not.