"I lived in the tent cabin for a while. They do have lock boxes, and no one ever bothered anything. My worse complaint about the tent cabins was that I couldn't get organized because everything had to be in the bearbox if it had a…"
"I'm so glad you survived the season last year. I'm just now seeing your message from last year. It's been a while. Yes, the shuttle driving would drive me insane. I worked at the tour desk at the Lodge, so we…"
"Woot Woot! It's the beginning of a summer of adventure, beauty, craziness at times, great memories. I may stop in to see you. I trained up at the Mariposa Grove as a driver. Doubt that I will be up there on anything…"
"I am in a different union, I am a teamster, and they pay every week, and I am pretty sure that everyone gets paid every week. I had to pay the joining fee-again, more for teamsters. You will actually eat right at the Wawona-in the…"
An adventurer, semi-loner, who loves the freedom to roam and embrace the country. Love to experience new places and people, and things. Love history, nature, life. I real life I drive a school bus. I love this job, but also love the fact that I have summers off to roam, and see how others live.
Last Seasonal Job:
Yosemite National Park
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Glacier National Park-2006-Tour Guide/Driver
Where have you lived and worked?
Ohio all my life except for 2 or 3 years in Indiana in the early 1980's.
I'm so glad you survived the season last year. I'm just now seeing your message from last year. It's been a while. Yes, the shuttle driving would drive me insane. I worked at the tour desk at the Lodge, so we worked for the same department (transportation). I did 3 seasons there, but the last one I had to bail out on toward the end. Awful awful boss/coworkers and, the worst part, a roommate who snored. I ended up sleeping in my car. Working any job there is not easy, as you saw, which is unfortunate because it is so gorgeous!
Hi Cathy: I saw Bill the driver in one of your pics. Is Sam still there? I worked at the tour desk at the Lodge a few years back. I totally understand your "pain" about the crowds. I can't imagine driving that Happy Isles bus. All the questions, the pushing and shoving. Even with all the people, I had no trouble finding secluded spots to hide out, and swim. I loved it. I didn't love the roommate situation though. I had a terrible experience. This last summer I was at Samuel P. Taylor State Park (California) in Marin county working at the entrance kiosk. Gorgeous spot. I'll write more later. Gotta get back to work. Jim
Hey Cathy! Bummer about the sleeping bag. I don't have one (I just throw my down comforter and tent in the car and go...) Somebody should have warned you about the lack of linens! I've heard Yosemite employees live in tents, so I'm curious...cabin tents. Actually, that sounds like an adventure to me. Send news now and then with colorful descriptions of your experiences and environment, OK? Love Yosemite!
Hi Cathy: I see you were in Glacier same time I was. Where did you work? I was "gate keeper" in 2005 & 06; at west entrance. That's where the pix was taken. I worked before that at Glacier Park Lodge as clerk and manager (2 years). Sounds like we have a lot in common. Just bought a 5th wheel so am exploring new possibilities. Your in Ohio - I was born there although lived in Florida most of my life. Contact me direct if you want at firstname.lastname@example.org
I find it hard to believe that the crowds would be terrible in the Fall at Yosemite. We haven't been there in years,but it was really spectacular! The rafting down the river looked like so much fun, we bought a raft at a store in the park and had a lovely trip down the river with our two children. Unfortunately, we put in at the outer boundary of the park and floated for miles. Finally, someone waved us over and told us we were out of the park and offered to take us back to our car! We still laugh about that!