Thursday, September 1, 2016


Sometimes my job requires all nighters, late nighters, or 3am wake-up alarms. This morning I had to fax our group reservation request for the only group cabin located 10 miles down trail inside of the Grand Canyon. The request is for Sept 2017, but the earliest you can submit a request for Sept 2017 is at 12am (3am my time) on Sept 1, 2016. Each request is evaluated in the order it is received and if the fax arrives 1 second (or more) before 12am then it goes to the bottom of the pile. Tens of thousands apply every year, but only a few get the reservation. Sept & Oct are 2 of their most popular months. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes of constant faxing (kept getting the busy signal) to get through. We use an online fax service that will attempt to connect for 10 minutes before timing out if it only gets a constant busy signal. So every 10 minutes I had to try re-faxing until it went through. Now it's the waiting game to see if we get approved. It takes up to 3 weeks to get a response. I will let you know what the results are as soon as we find out. Hoping for success!