An Older and Bolder looking to take an early retirement and live and work in the national parks. My heart and soul are in the outdoors and I love adventures. I am a water and woods person, but enjoy the mountains too.
Last Seasonal Job:
no seasonal jobs yet, but spent 3 weeks in Alaska last summer and loved it!
I would like to run a camp store or gift shop in a park lodge
HI! My name is Carol and I am originally from Dayton, Ohio. Many years ago I belong to American Camping Ass. in Brafordwoods Indiana. I have already retired at 67 and I am ready to go back to work for the season in one of those beautiful places I keep seeing on these Blogs. Maybe we will meet up sometime.
In regards to your discussion post - I don't think it will be hard at all for you to get a job on one of the winter ranches that post on our site. I'm their CoolWorks person, and they've all been my clients for years. I've actually been to two of the ranches - Rancho Caballeros, which is a rather large ranch/resort that has a big staff (and it's gorgeous there), and I've also been to the Kay El Bar, that's a small more traditional dude ranch. I have not been to the the Circle Z and the Elkhorn, but I bet they're both nice as well and the owners are very friendly.
These winter ranches often hire folks that are older - if you work a winter you can't be a college student - and I think each one may have private room housing, but you'll have to check.
As far as your skill set, almost all the employers on our site need office personnel. Sometimes office/front desk is a job, and you do both. Sounds like you have the skills for that.
Another great thing about the winter ranches is their long season - usually from mid-Oct to Mother's Day.
It's like anything in life right...you never know if it's going to be for you until you do it.
all the best! feel free to drop me a message or post on my wall if you have any questions you'd like to ask.
CJ - I knew that I would never be able to retire with a pension and decided that a life working, playing and living in the various parks would be fine. I do have a daughter that is having her first child this May and of course, not being close there will be hard. But on the other hand, I suppose I could quit here and go back to Texas - but what fun would that be? lol.. it is quandry. I have made many friends since leaving Texas for parts way out - and I stay in touch by using email, calling and inviting them to come and visit here.
The ideal way to do this is to work seasonal during the summer and go south where it is warm for the winter. You can find jobs at other resorts for winter if you decide not to settle in one spot. I still have visions of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Crater lake and returning to Glacier in the future...
One thing that will make it better for you as a seasonal employee is to own your own fifth wheel/camper. This will allow you to have your own special place and also to have your pets with you while out and about. Should you have children, relatives or friends visiting, it will give them a base to explore where you are.
Anyway, give me a shout when you decide to come here. I intend to be here for two more years before moving somewhere else...
Hey CJ! I'm about to sign out for the day but wanted to get back to you. I decided several years ago that since I would continue working at least parttime after retirement I could do it several ways - work parttime all year or work seasonally and take winters off. It's been a long process of working thru pros and cons. I decided to try the seasonal approach first. I really don't "retire" until '09. But I also wanted to leave the Washington D.C. area and try another part of the country. The cost of living is very tough here and I wont be able to live here on my retirement income. It would be a struggle. I'm a native Virginian, but have friends out west. I chose YNP since I have friends in MT who'll stay in touch with me, plus I was out there last Fall. Stay in touch with me!
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