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Tuolumne Meadows Store and Grill Staff & Managers in their Natural Habitat: The Twilight Lounge
Tuolumne Meadows Store & Grill and their Amazing Staffs
The quality of the store and grill at Tuolumne Meadows are the products of a fantastic staff well led, directed and motivated. There is something about the quality of the surroundings that draws quality folks over long periods of time.
This longevity of staffing produces deep inventories and reliable service in the face of the sometimes overwhelming crush of tourists, backpackers, car campers, and climbers all depending on something from the big tent in Tuolumne Meadows.
This well-oiled machine depends on the balance between the "front" and "back" ends, the rigours of the work environment against the beauties of living in, and exploring the surrounding Natural Environments.
The back end of the big tent is the sweet little cluster of employee tent cabins nestled-in behind the big tent.
But though the Natural Environment represents the overwhelming majority of the experience, of why the majority of staff are working in Tuolumne Meadows, it's the cultural experience, the community these folks create every year that is the "cherry on top of the cake."
The "cake," as one long-time employee put it to me once, was to hike every trail, climb every peak, and experience as much in Yosemite as they posibly could each Summer for as long as they could.
Welcome to the Twilight Lounge
A unique part of trailside culture forms up here every Summer at Tuolumne Meadows Big Tent, as it does over in the housing in "Bug Camp," over by the Tuolumne Lodge. Small groups of "Summertime Locals" form up mini-communities to support and share their work, climbing, hiking, backpacking and partying activities.
Moxley, an employee of the Tuolumne Meadows Grill welcomes us into the Twilight Lounge.
Senior Staff at Tuolumne Meadows
Harry, the longest serving employee at Tuolumne Meadows Big Tent. Senority makes Harry the ad hoc TM social director, maitre D, and center of all Twilight Lounge activities.
Above we see Harry warming things up in the Twilight Lounge.
Boss of Bosses
Jamie the Boss of All Bosses under the Big Tent at Tuolumne Meadows and The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, kicking it with Bodie G, AKA Bill, in the Twilight Lounge, 2016.
I can't find anyone saying anything bad about Jamie, and I talk to everyone!
Slices of Life at Tuolumne Meadows Store
Tuolumne Meadows On the Trail Guide
All painted and photographed images above by markskor, text by Alex.