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Millie B. Mehnert is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in the Kansas City area. However, at age 22 seeking new adventure, she became a waitress at Yellowstone National Park. Recent research at the Park Association Library restored summer memories and rekindled the joys of her experience. This brought characters to life in a 1959 love story.
How can seemingly unrelated events that include the perils of one friendly couple’s unnerving issues, the conflicts of two very different boyfriends and a violent earthquake all resolve during one summer at Yellowstone National Park? Perhaps they can’t. But twenty-two year old Ellie Sue Clayton is confronted with all of these obstacles during the summer of 1959. Ellie has come to the park to work at Old Faithful Village as a waitress for the summer. She seeks courage and independence to begin a new life. But being in Yellowstone distracts her with exotic landscapes, wildlife, and people that seem to have their own purpose for her. A best friend sets her up with a bad date for questionable reasons. One boyfriend seems to feel he should control her social calendar. And her mother challenges the choice Ellie makes to remain in the West. Determined to find solutions and continue making her own choices, Ellie finds unexpected help from strangers seated at one of the tables she serves. Then, just as she begins to succeed at finding solutions, nature’s violence in the form of a major earthquake disrupts her objectives with a horror that pulls her in still another direction. Now she must make complicated decisions in the remaining time cut short by tragedy. Can she resolve her own choices without hurting those she loves? Has she acquired the maturity and foresight she needs for this final hurdle? It is all up to her. Disrupts her objectives with a horror that pulls her in still another direction. Now/ she must make complicated decisions in the brief span of time left. Can she resolve her own choices without hurting those she loves? Has she acquired the maturity and foresight she needs for this final hurtle? It is all up to her.