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Will Glacier Bay Lodge Survive?

Started Jun 22, 2013

Do you have any year-round strategies?
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At 5:46am on April 3, 2018, Judi Murray said…

Good morning Keith,

Thank you for the feedback on giving up my home.  It sounds doable, and will probably do so after I finish the summer/fall season at Basin Harbor.  Hopefully I will have success finding a winter position that starts December/January.  

Once again, thank you.


At 8:20pm on July 30, 2015, Matthew Frazer said…
hi Keith,
anyone there can suggest contact for Kitchen, or Porter Matt
At 4:09pm on May 8, 2015, pamela joy swanson said…

I lived in Seward for 7yrs. and Kodiak for one summer..

At 6:55pm on April 22, 2014, Patty said…

You are my hero!

At 3:28pm on April 22, 2014, Patty said…

Hey Keith - we're working on a few stories, and bloggers/writers/authors would like to hear from the coolest of the cool adventurous job seekers / employees. If you are willing to share a sentiment or two about your passion for jobs in great places, will you please give Courtenay a call or drop an email? 406.270.2949 or   Thanks for playing such a nice role in the MyCW Community too!  All the best,

At 1:00pm on July 22, 2013, Jaclyn McGuire said…

awesome thanks for the advice I checked out your pictures!

At 3:29pm on July 11, 2013, Jaclyn McGuire said…

Hey, I am new to coolworks, I have applied for a job at Rancho de los Caballeros.  I actually got a call today but don't have a formal interview for a couple weeks, I'm assuming after the chat I had today I will most likely get the job.  I read the blog you posted about your experience there.  Just wondering if you have any advice for me!  I have applied for the pantry or line cook position.  Thanks!

At 5:28pm on May 12, 2012, Sunni said…

Hey, maybe we will meet up sometime in Cooper Landing :)

At 11:07pm on September 4, 2011, Ryan Hashi said…
i was contacted by one employer due to my info posted, though i couldn't take the job.
At 8:13am on June 16, 2011, Mark M. said…
Wow! I just wanted to say you have some amazing photo's of places you have been. You should be a photographer! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
About Me:
A little more than a year ago, (hey, it's been ten years now) I decided to take my cooking skills and hit the road....and I've built some new skills along the way. It's all about new people, new places and new experiences.
Last Seasonal Job:
Wall Drug
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Summer--Alaska Wildland Adventures; Winter--The KL Bar
Where have you lived and worked?
Signal Mountain Lodge; Summer 2006 Breakfast Line Cook
Tamarack Resort--Seven Devils; 06-07 Line Cook Sports Bar
Tamarack Resort--Morels; Summer 2007 Line Cook Fine dining
Kay El Bar Guest Ranch; 07-08 and 08-09 Second Chef and
Kay El Bar Guest Ranch; 09-10 and 10-11 Head Chef
Basin Harbor Club; Summer 2008 Ranger Room Breakfast Buffet Chef de Partie
Sheep Mountain Lodge; Summer 2009 Baker plus
Denali Gift Companies; Summer '10 Customer service associate
Grand Canyon North Rim; Summer '11 Assistant Deli Manager
Alta's Rustler Lodge; Alta, Utah 11-12 Line Cook
AWA Kenai Riverside Lodge; Summer '12-13-14 Lead Breakfast Cook
Rancho de los Caballeros; Winter '12/13 Cook
Concordia Eco Resort; Mid-Sep/Mid-Oct '13 Work Exchange Program
Concordia Eco Resort; October 2014 Work Exchange
The Goldminer's Daughter Lodge Winter '14-'15 Line cook
The Goldminer's Daughter Lodge Winter '15-'16 Lead Line cook
Sanders On Mackinac; Summer 2015; Fudge Maker
Wall Drug; Summer 2016; Restaurant
Rancho de los Caballeros; Winter '16-'17 Cook
Los Caballeros Golf Club; Summer 2017 Cook
Rancho de los Caballeros; Winter '17-'18 Sous Chef
Dream Job:
Travel writer

Keith Larson's Blog

Random Days in the Life: Summer 2016 Wall Drug, Part 2

Posted on September 3, 2016 at 11:08am 1 Comment

This summer I am working at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota. In Part 1, I did an overview of three random days.  In this part, I'll do 2 more...the 2nd days of August and September.  I might do an edit at the end of the season for one more day...but sometimes that part of the season gets a bit hectic.

Part 1 is here:…


Random Days in the Life: Summer 2016 Wall Drug, Part 1

Posted on September 3, 2016 at 11:00am 0 Comments

This summer I am working at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota.  Maybe you have seen the signs if you have ever travelled on I-90.  I first heard about the company because of those signs.  It was in an advertising class in college.  Several years ago I was making a trip across the country and was going to spend a weekend in Pierre.  Seeing those signs along the way reminded me of the place and looked up opportunities for seasonal work.  I…


Life with CoolWorks....Updated

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

I had been cooking for more than 10 years when I first heard of people that would work seasonally. I was a sous chef at a local resort in Wisconsin and was training a cook for the summer. He told me about how he had worked at the Grand Canyon and at Yosemite National Parks, but that summer he had two sisters getting married and his grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary and decided to stay home for the summer.

A couple of years later in 1996, I was surfing the internet and came…


A Week in the Life Summer 2015 - Day 2

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 7:25pm 1 Comment

This morning I decided to walk downtown to catch a ferry over to St Ignace.  It's the small town on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the northern point of the Mackinac Bridge.  There are also ferries that go to the lower peninsula, that town is Mackinaw City.  First, I went to the shoreline where Market…


Day 1 - A Week in the Life Summer 2015

Posted on July 12, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

This summer I am working, living and exploring Mackinac Island, Michigan. Sanders on Mackinac is where I am employed as a Fudge Maker.  And people that come to the island eat a LOT of fudge.  So much, in fact,…


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Keith Larson replied to Richard Spear's discussion Estimated Income for First Timer
"A couple of basic guidelines.  Most park concessionaires pay around the minimum wage for entry level.  Small parks sometimes pay a little more than big parks.  Non-park seasonal tends to pay a little more than in park…"
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"Hi Judi.  I think you'll like Basin Harbor.  I was there 10 years time flies.  I remember lots of weddings, or at least it seemed like it.  I was cooking breakfast over in the Ranger Room.  A big portion is…"
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"Another thing to look at is there are not many warm weather National Parks in the winter that have RV set-ups.  The question becomes how many seasons do you want to spend in Death Valley, or if non-parks is an option like Amazon. …"
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