I just read this quote about the overwhelming “revenge tourism” on Maui, from the perspective of a local; "It's such a wonderful place; it's going to get loved to death,''
Could we say similar about the Flathead? It’s only July 11 and the fatigue of our front line staff is showing. Will they endure to September?
Several tough weeks ahead and so many shops, businesses, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions at overflowing demand, with little staff, and all; guests and staff, on fragile emotions.
In a way, the valley is experiencing what it prayed for; economic abundance, but it is coming with a high price on the community at large and the quality of life residents desire.
For my small part, I am proactively thanking the staff for working whenever I have opportunity. It just might be that one smile or gesture of appreciation that helps them through their shift.
And when I travel, having empathy for frontline staff will be a higher priority for me.
Pearl Galbraith, Whitefish