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Started this discussion. Last reply by Carol Jan 14, 2012.

My Send Button for Friends doesnt work:(
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kari Quaas (Q) May 14, 2011.


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Nampa, Idaho
Where have you lived and worked?
Wisconsin, IL, N.Carolina as cook,orchard manager
Georgia as artist, seamstress, backpacking gear designer,Lake Yellowstone, Zion National Park, Grand Tetons,
About Me:
I've backpacked and thru hiked the AT, PCT, JMT and Colorado Trails. I love to cook, and create new stuff. Enjoy dancing and adventures. I am into survival skills, and wilderness challenges.
Last Seasonal Job:
Man Camp Cook, Lake Yellowstone in Winter
Favorite Seasonal Job:
designing and sewing custom backpacking gear
Dream Job:
play in the wilderness ( is there a job title for that?)

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Living The Dream

Posted on September 2, 2016 at 10:00am 1 Comment

Living the Dream is the book I wrote while living in my RV and working at Mount Rainier. The chapters include all sorts of things I learned during my seven year journey in seasonal work. On Monday and Tuesday, September 5 and 6th,  you can download it FREE, yes, free at the link.  I'd love some good reviews at amazon, too, if you're so inclined.

Many thanks to Coolworks, who I…


Alyeska Update

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 8:27pm 3 Comments

Well, we've just been notified of two things. Number one, our housing ( no food program except 20% discount at restaurants on location) went up by 59 bucks a month. So, for a room in a four-plex its now going to be $579 per month. as of January. Then, they've cut back our hours, hoping for snow or else its going to be real lean. Even our pastry shop is going to be closed at least one day a week.

I'm kinda looking around for other options.

Anyone thinking of applying for work…


Working Up At the Man Camp

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 2:04pm 2 Comments

Chompin' At the Bit!

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 8:57pm 8 Comments

My doctor gave me a full clearance and I can't wait to work again. You seasonal people know how it is, the lure of working in beautiful places with people of like minds.

I hope to be back in Yellowstone soon, just need the Paper. Like Ron, I ask everyone to cross your fingers for me, hoping to be back in the Park soon, the season is slipping away, seems like.

Ok, friends, that's my post, hope to have great news this week.



LIfe Happens

Posted on May 20, 2012 at 3:00pm 14 Comments

I've had alot of crazy stuff happen lately, among them a serious surgery which totally prevented me from taking my job in Yellowstone. HR understood completely, staying in touch with me as my doctors put me on 6 weeks medical leave, which includes no bending or twisting my back, and no lifting any weights over of 10 pounds. A gal can't cook under those restrictions. 

Serious Bummer!

I missed working preseason at Snowlodge, and now, I'll miss Lake Lodge, and I do mean miss.If…


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At 5:38pm on November 2, 2015, Carol said…
Well swing on by and we'll go hiking
At 1:21pm on November 2, 2015, Michael Grudz. said…

I am here for a little while. I hope to be working in Yosemite Nat. Park for the winter. I am a driver so the hiring process is long and drawn out. I was offered a job but won't know if I am hired until the end of this month.

At 7:47am on February 7, 2012, Ed Boland said…

I meant to say; computing is a distraction, or addiction for me. If you cook lasagna and chocolate chip cookies I'll be right over!!!! I enjoy what this lifestyle and the freedom to travel, the variety of jobs duties helps also. The Alaska Gold Rush sounds good. I've watched a few of episodes on TV, think it was the History channel. I would have to win a lottery to afford the initial startup. I read somewhere about an RVer who was doing some panning in Georgia, he wouldn't disclose the location, however. This was posted on a forum about metal detectors. Now! How do I get some of your home-cooked food? Oh; Thanks, nice to have another friend. Ed

At 7:34pm on February 6, 2012, Ed Boland said…

I looked at your blog. Interesting and I'll have to read more. Computing id nice, but a distration! LOL! My Motorhome is 27' foot long on a 1987 Ford Van chassis, a fossil-fuel burning monster 7.5l engine that get just a shade over 7 MPG. I only put less than 5K miles a yr. on it. Maintenance costs aren't too bad, but when an appliance or parts wears out it can be costly. Started the W-Camp gig back in 1998 and in 01 to 09 worked as a golf cart technician until the economy caused the collapse of that job. Luckily, located employ with a camping resort for barter. Then in May 2010, acquired my 1st part-time paying job and space with hookups. Ever since have found employ for at least 10 of the 12mos. Takes a lot of research for a single guy to find employ as most like 2 workers for each space, 2x hours worked for the employer and 2x wages for the workers. My duties vary; Amusement park games attendant, golf cart and small engine repairs and vehicle maintenance, grounds maintenance, painting, and park cleanup. you can find My Page on here also, but message me back anytime. I am trying to work the correct link to my blogspot from here. I would like to add you as a friend. Have Safe Travels!      Ed

At 12:06pm on January 12, 2012, Larry Rainey said…

Carol, I have a question. A friend of mine has applied in Yellowstone and they came back with a EDR offer (not what they applied for). As far as hours and stuff like that could you give me an idea what they should expect. My e-mail is Thanks for your help!

At 11:22am on January 12, 2012, Sunni said…

I now have 7 of your books on my kindle...1 of these days you will have to explain how you got amazon to sell your books.

At 12:44am on January 12, 2012, Sunni said…

I just got your book "My Journey to Freedom and Ultralight Backpacking". I'll let you know what I think of it when I am done reading it.

At 8:13pm on November 19, 2011, Larry Rainey said…

Carol, I wonder if I might pick your brain for some advice. I live in Loganville, Ga and go thru Clayton all the time to my cabin near Maggie.I have applied for several jobs in Yellowstone. 1) campground positions 2) Yellowstone fondation 3) Delaware North adventure stores. I have a 5th wheel. In your opinion which job would be the most attractive and should I take my camper or stay in park housing. I'm a retired teacher and have traveled a lot but never worked in a park but want a change of pace and more time in yellowstone. I have been on four summer trips and one winter trip to YNP. My e-mail is Any info would really help with my decision and I really don't know where to get sound advice on this. Thanks, Larry

At 9:10pm on September 13, 2011, Anneliese said…
Thanks for the friend add Carol :)
At 3:27pm on July 10, 2011, Dennis Crowley said…
Thanks for the advice.  I will probably put my questions out there on the forums.  Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the site emails.  Have a good one!
At 11:17am on June 15, 2011, edward taylor said…
planning on maybe jackson for the winter,  got a call day before i headed to ynp  for a job in the black hills as kitchen manager   custer state park  more cash and no dorms  i live in the "boathouse"  just an old house on site   lo to work for drts of past friends and great company to work for   drop buy if your close  sylvan lake lodge  mt rushmore area  eddie
At 8:11am on May 6, 2011, Janette Horton Ross said…
Thanks for the pep talk Carol, you really made my day!
At 1:38am on May 3, 2011, edward taylor said…
i want to work there that area this winter  lets stay in touch
At 1:36am on May 3, 2011, edward taylor said…
yep, thanks' need a repore with you eddieftaylor@AOL  so i  guess u  r not @ xanterra ynp    a teton job
At 6:15pm on April 28, 2011, Patty Brown said…

We used to live on Tiger Mtn with my parents til we moved to Otto, NC.  Scary!  But glad to hear you are ok. 

At 4:08pm on April 28, 2011, Patty Brown said…
Hey Carol!  Hope you are ok!  Heard on the news how badly hit you were up there.  Let us know that all is fine up there.
At 3:40pm on April 11, 2011, Polident/Divet/Scarface said…
Hello Carol
Thank You for your comment but I have no experience with writing or the blogging . I barely graduated my grade school form and did not got to university until age 52 . Therefore your comments carry more stone and are genuine to me .
At 7:08am on April 10, 2011, Polident/Divet/Scarface said…
Greetings Carol
                       Yes , of course you may copy /paste to your site . This site is not the forum for my blog , but I am weary of the excuses people rely upon in order to live in fear . Thank You for your comments and for the friendship .
At 10:37pm on March 31, 2011, bonsi mcgraw said…
Mr Smokey is missing- as in escorted off the site I think !
At 2:46pm on March 29, 2011, JPH said…
Hey - I made it back for my exec job in the Mammoth EDR - maybe see you up that way , I lve tomorrow . Good Luck

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