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Bill Mc Dowell
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Kathy Jones and Bill Mc Dowell are now friends
Jun 2, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell replied to tri's discussion What is your plan for vehicle registration....
"I hear OR is actually a pretty good place to do your reg. it's a 2 year plan and you can re-register by mail, just set up a PO box I think, better do a little checking though I am just writing what I heard, not personal experience. I did some…"
May 1, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell left a comment for Bill Walton
"Aloha Bill, I will arrive in ANC on May 7th 5am and rent a car to explore the Kenai Peninsula and Girdwood area until I take the bus to Denali on May 11th and check in to Aramark Chalet housing. I hear tell the snow in Denali is melting and plenty…"
May 1, 2011
Bill Walton left a comment for Bill Mc Dowell
"Hey Bill, I don't recall one way or the other about jponytails. Sounds like you will have some long days. I have been up here in Fairbanks for about a month in training for the Commercial Driver's License. It has been good and they are…"
May 1, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell left a comment for Bill Walton
"Thanks Bill, and congratulations to you on your upcoming Denali summer adventure. I was hoping it would be close enough to walk between the two properties, sounds like I may be able to pull this off, providing my feet don't fail me working 16…"
Apr 30, 2011
Bill Walton left a comment for Bill Mc Dowell
"Bill, first let me say that I am starting my first year working for Princess in Denali. I have been here last year as a tourist and spent a couple of hours at Denali a couple weeks ago. So, I may not be the best one to ask. But, I do know that the…"
Apr 30, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell replied to Eric C.'s discussion Anyone done kitchen prep for Princess Denali Wilderness Lodge in AK?
"I can't help you with experience working there but here are the venues: Dining Facilities King Salmon Restaurant Our signature restaurant located on the banks of the Nenana River, King Salmon is the only restaurant where you can enjoy several…"
Apr 30, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell joined desiree's group
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Death Star Crew

People who have worked at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and will live or have lived in the deathstar. i.e. Princess Homestead.
Apr 30, 2011
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Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

For all past, present, and future emloyees of Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge!
Apr 29, 2011
Keith Larson replied to Bill Mc Dowell's discussion Is it feasible to work as a cook at the Dinner Theater {Aramark} and a morning server at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge?
"There is about 150 miles between the two places, so I don't think a walk between is feasible. Now if you had a job at the Denali Princess, that would be doable."
Apr 26, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell replied to Bill Mc Dowell's discussion Seasonal workers living in RV's with animals. in the group RV Living
"Thanks Keith, that's very true. So what do the workers do with their animals?, I suppose they keep them inside their RV all day, which I read can be done if the animals don't bark and the ventialtion is controlled. Another question I have…"
Apr 22, 2011
Keith Judkins replied to Bill Mc Dowell's discussion Seasonal workers living in RV's with animals. in the group RV Living
"Since most national parks require pets to be on leash you may have a problem."
Apr 22, 2011
Bill Mc Dowell added a discussion to the group RV Living
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Seasonal workers living in RV's with animals.

Aloha from the Big Island,I'm tired of living in a stick house and I'm selling and gearing up for full-timing. I've done it before on Maui with no animals and thus no problems, so I have no worries I will survive.My first question is, are you allowed to have animals at any of the employee RV spaces at the various parks etc.?Second and very important question is what do you do with your animals while you go work your 8 hours, go hiking etc.?My research has lead me to believe at most park…See More
Apr 22, 2011
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This is a group for seasonal workers who have lived in RV's, are currently living in an RV or want to live in an RV while at seasonal jobs.
Apr 15, 2011
Julie Scharlin left a comment for Bill Mc Dowell
"My last concession job at Denali (1993) was for Grayline of Alaska.  After 6 years of living on  credit cards and getting further in debt, I felt I needed to plant myself in one place for awhile and "get a real job" again.…"
Apr 5, 2011
Julie Scharlin left a comment for Bill Mc Dowell
"Hi Bill.  Why do I like the Grand Canyon so much? Great question and not sure I have a great answer. I do like Alaska alot too but you are correct, not my first choice.   There is something about Grand Canyon that speaks to me. I know that…"
Apr 5, 2011

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Hometown:
Santa Monica
About Me:
World traveler at age 14, opened a big ole can o'worms, been pretty good at finding sweet spots, setting it all up, milking the %^&$ out of it, tearing it all down, moving on down the road... and doing it all over again. "Professional" bum on a pass here for a little while longer I suppose.
Last Seasonal Job:
Deer Valley Ski Resort Seafood Buffet Cook
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area 83-87 Mid-Chalet (old term)
Where have you lived and worked?
South Bay, Ca 8 years (Surf Bum). Mammoth Lakes, CA 5 years (Ski Bum). Park City UT 2 years (Ski Bum). Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA 21years (Surf Bum). Maui County, HI 2 years (Surf Bum). Ave. of the Giants, CA (Bud Bum). Mountain View, HI (Rainforest Bum). On Dead Tour Summer 95 (Dead Bum).
Dream Job:
Teaching anything I'm excited about with Free room and Board included with a Phat salary.

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At 10:38am on May 1, 2011, Bill Walton said…

Hey Bill,

I don't recall one way or the other about jponytails. Sounds like you will have some long days.

I have been up here in Fairbanks for about a month in training for the Commercial Driver's License. It has been good and they are putting us up in a nice hotel, but I am ready to move on to Denali. We will move down there on May 6 assuming I pass the
CDL test!

Will probably see you up there. I will be driving the employee shuttle and the shuttle over to the visitors center as well as the trolley that runs around the lodge property.

When do you arrive?

At 11:34pm on April 30, 2011, Bill Walton said…

Bill, first let me say that I am starting my first year working for Princess in Denali. I have been here last year as a tourist and spent a couple of hours at Denali a couple weeks ago. So, I may not be the best one to ask.

But, I do know that the two lodges are only about two blocks walk from each other.

I have been told that housing for the two lodges is very comparable, and the two are considered to be pretty much the best employee housing in Denali.

The difference is in location. The Chalet housing is right next to the lodge so you will be right at the Chalet and only a two block walk from the Princess Lodge.

The Princess employee housing is located in the town of Healy which is 11 miles north of Denali. There is a shuttle bus that runs between Healy and The Princess Lodge about once an hour 24/7.

 The housing for Princess employees is

At 4:20am on April 5, 2011, Julie Scharlin said…

My last concession job at Denali (1993) was for Grayline of Alaska.  After 6 years of living on  credit cards and getting further in debt, I felt I needed to plant myself in one place for awhile and "get a real job" again.  Grayline is a subsidiary of Holland America Line (cruise line) and headquartered in Seattle.  My Grayline manager suggested I submit an application. 7 months passed. It was March and Grayline offered me rehire status to return to Denali. I was just about to say yes, when I got a call from Holland America Line in Seattle.  They offered me a "seasonal" job in their in-house travel dept. They offered me permanent status after a year. I said yes and I've been here now for 17 years.  After 2 years with the company, I was able to get a Front Desk Supervisor position on board our ships. I sailed for the part of the summer Vancouver/Vancouver round trip and the other part Vancouver/Seward and v.v. Then did Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale. Total 7 months and cleared my debts. Clean Slate. Didn't stay that way for long, but for the last 2 years I have gotten back to no credit card debt.

I am restless. Have been for some time. I am tired of sitting in a cubicle. Took a weeks vacation on 2007 to Bryce,Zion, N.Rim and S.Rim Grand Canyon.It was the first time I'd been back since I left in 1992 and found I still loved it. Although some things have changed there, it felt like coming home. Comfortable. Peaceful.  It made me realize that as much as I like Seattle and WA and OR, I like Grand Canyon more.  I don't know when, but I'm determined to get a decent paying job there.  Maybe I will get lucky with the Park Service again.   

Why are you so set on Alaska? If you did work in Denali, you definitely need a car to see other areas of the state. It is BIG.  I understand fish processing is hard work but good money w/overtime.  I couldn't do it. To smelly and messy for me. I'd rather eat the fish (salmon and Halibut and Crab preferred). Good luck.

At 3:50am on April 5, 2011, Julie Scharlin said…

Hi Bill. 

Why do I like the Grand Canyon so much? Great question and not sure I have a great answer. I do like Alaska alot too but you are correct, not my first choice.  

There is something about Grand Canyon that speaks to me. I know that sounds corny but it's true.  On my first visit as a tourist 23 years ago I was awe struck by it. It was an "Ah ha" moment as some like to call it.

Years ago I got my BA in Recreation Administration. Never did anything with my degree. I worked at Disneyland for many years and then went to travel school and became a travel agent. I worked for many years in Irvine CA. Approx 13 miles from where I lived and sometimes it took an hour and a half to get to work and same or longer getting home.   When I visited the Canyon and fell in love with the area and the red rocks, I had an epiphany. I said- hey, I have a degree in Recreation, I am a travel agent, I have great people skills. Maybe I should look at getting a job and living here. No traffic  (except tourist traffic), fresh air. 4 seasons. Much easier to live where you can walk to work and play.  So, called the concession HR dept, asked what kinds of jobs (other than cleaning rooms and food service) they had that I would qualify for. 

At the time, Fred Harvey was the Concession and they had the reservations office at the Canyon. I applied and was offered a job in reservations.  I took a personal leave of absence from my travel agent job, just in case things at the Canyon didn't work out.

I loved the Canyon and didn't mind the job. Just the low pay. I was in such debt in CA. I sold my car while I was at the Canyon. I met some great people who introduced me to the seasonal life. I left the Canyon after 6 months to go to Denali with some friends I'd met. I worked in the laundry at the McKinley Chalets for ARA as well as the gift shop.  The off and on for 6 years returned to GRCA with Park Service and Denali with Park service and Concessions.

 
 
 

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