Since we had not been anywhere for so long, we were taking time to drive through the Badlands and were headed to Yellowstone to overnight before finishing our journey. Just east of our overnight stay on Lake Yellowstone an elk totaled our rental van. We were stranded in Cody, Wyoming the week of the 4th of July during peak Rodeo Season for 36 hours. That wasn't where we wanted to be watching a sunrise but we were grateful to be watching one, period.
The folks at the truck rental company managed to get us into another vehicle but our trip was running behind schedule at this point. We weren't able to arrange assistance due to the timing to help us load our 1,000 pound baby. Old fashioned Egyptian ingenuity - a ramp, pulleys, and a lever... the two of us got our roaster loaded. It took us 6 days to make the trip and then 4 months of trying to get the proper installation supplies but finally, FINALLY, our baby is up and running!
We asked our customers to help us name our baby and the suggestion of "Elksbane" was made - that is a perfect fit! You'll likely notice the Elk paraphernalia... we have to laugh about it!
You may have noticed that a little creature shows up in a lot of our photos, a Porg named Frostbite. If you don't know what Porgs are - they are little bird-like creatures from the Star Wars realm who annoy Chewbacca the Wookie. The first time I saw one I fell in love and then a customer brought in a little stuffed Porg for me as a gift. Since it was winter he chose the name Frostbite for himself.
Frostbite is our unofficial/official mascot here at Villainous Grounds. Since he came into our lives he has traveled with us, "grew" a beard and mustache to match David's, gotten into all kind of trouble around the shop, married a prickly lady Porg, and helped to hatch little Mean Bean.
Other cute little creatures like Baby Groot and Baby Yoda may come into our lives and hang out but Frostbite is here to stay! ~Mary Jo #porgsarecute
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