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Stuck in a rut

After I graduated from high school, I was looking for a change of pace. I live in a small town in Southeastern Michigan and 3 years ago, I woke up one day and I applied for jobs on Mackinac Island. About 2 days after I applied, I got a job there. I haven't been to Mackinac Island since I was a kid, so getting to take a ferry boat over to the Island was really exciting, it's like entering another world. I worked in a fudge shop for the summer, and met some really great people there. We would… Continue

Added by Kristin Marie on October 21, 2015 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

Mesa Verde - Year 4

Well my fourth year at Mesa Verde is just about in the books so to speak.  There is just something about this area of the USA that keeps calling me back.  My summer was largely outside the Park exploring various places .... some for the first time and other favorites for a repeat visit.  The big difference was I was able to find a friend to share these experiences with .... that was HUGE.  It is so much better than doing everything alone.  But in four years this was the only year I could…


Added by aggie71 on September 14, 2015 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

My season @ Mt Rushmore

I have been here for 3 interesting months now.

I started out with a roommate ( and you know how well I love roommates)but a few weeks ago I got to move into my own room. You may or may not know, there is only 1 dorm at this location. Xanterra expects nobody to drink in the dorm but I have seen people do it. Now having everyone living in 1 dorm can be interesting. You see your coworkers often at night and days off. With everyone sharing a kitchen & tv room, it gives a kind of…


Added by Sunni on September 4, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Life with CoolWorks....Updated

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…


Added by Keith Larson on August 7, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

A Week in the Life Summer 2015 - Day 2

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 Street intersects and watched some of the yachts arriving.  There…


Added by Keith Larson on July 13, 2015 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Day 1 - A Week in the Life Summer 2015

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, tourists are referred to as fudgies.

My housing is a little…


Added by Keith Larson on July 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments


Do you know of any summer camps hiring still

Added by Carvel St John on May 28, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Minimalist Packing List

Quite a few of you have mentioned before what you consider "essentials" for packing when you go off to different locations, and I don't remember if I had done a packing blog before (no I didn't look before typing this). You would think as many times as I have moved around that it would be easy to do. Well maybe someday if I learn to stop shopping,  then packing might become a piece-of-cake. hopefully I can get all this stuff packed so it fits and I don't have any hassle at the airport. For…


Added by Sunni on May 26, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Xanterra came through for me again

Two of my ex-coworkers from GCSR have been at Mt Rushmore for about a month or so now. They talked to someone in a hiring position, named Roy, about me..even gave him my Xanterra I.D.# so he could look me up. 

Well I got a quick call early this morning from Roy, asking when I could be there. He said I could arrive tomorrow or wait 2 weeks if I needed. Well I leave June 5th, to work in F&B at Mt Rushmore. I never even sent in an application for the job. I Have no idea when the job…


Added by Sunni on May 21, 2015 at 10:14pm — 4 Comments

Soul Mates

Are "Soul Mates" real?  Is there someone out there who is that perfect individual that complements you in every imaginable way? A person you feel like you have known your entire life even though you may have just met?  A person you simply can't be around too much, because you simply love to be around this person no matter the circumstances be they good or bad?  Does everyone get an opportunity to find their "Soul Mate" in this life or is it a rare and precious exception for a very lucky…


Added by aggie71 on May 11, 2015 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

anyone need a pet

jo joI have a Catahoola dog that needs a home the breed is a cattle dog? Is at least 10 years old and is great with other dogs and cats and kids. Loving and friendly.…


Added by Dixie Breidenstein on May 5, 2015 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Spring has sprung......and looking to summer!

I am still looking for that great summer job cooking at your resort! 

Feel free to contact me if you have a spot for me in your kitchen!

Here a a few of my creations from this spring

Raspberry Balsamic Sorbet with Balsamic Pearls…


Added by Ditesia Z. Johnson (TC) on April 27, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Photography During our Adventures!!

I can imagine there are a host of people out there who wish they could take decent photos to put onto a laptop or send to FB or even on here.  Many people don't know how to utilize the camera well enough to take decent pictures.  We have a photographing editor here who tells me most people who own an SLR HD camera with multiple lenses don't know how to set their ISO range or what it means? Really?  Many people, from what we have experienced here, really want to take decent pics and the…


Added by Pete Disbury on March 30, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments

Feedback for 2015

I currently work in Big Bend National Park-Texas where the hiking is epic, the views are incredible but it is warming up for much warmer temps in the summer.   I am looking at a host of places up north in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho that offer great hiking, lakes, pristine country, wildlife, fresh alpine air without leaving the lower 48 states. 

I looked at the Flaming Gorge area but had read some negative reviews of this location.  The area looks amazing to visit but to work here is in…


Added by Pete Disbury on March 9, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

A Week in the Life - Goldminer's Daughter Lodge

This season I am working in Alta, Utah at the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge. I started the season in the middle of November and it will be complete on April 19.  I am one of the cooks in the Top of the Lodge restaurant.  Here is a quick little look at my week from February…


Added by Keith Larson on March 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I hear your trumpeting... new season

My job at the Corps of Engineers W.G. Huxtable Pumping Plant is ending and my office on top of the river bridge is a changing.  My new job will actually be on the Mississippi River on board with the Corps of Engineers Mat Sinking Unit.  This will put me on the river from 3 to six months.  If interested, look up Managing the Mississippi on YouTube.

So I don't feel left out as all of my seasonal friends head off to their new jobs.  Happy season y'all.   See you on the…


Added by Ann Carr on February 22, 2015 at 2:10pm — 3 Comments

My next wild adventure!

I'm looking for my next wild and adventurous summer job where i can cook , grill, and smoke  awesome meats, meet new and great people, see new things, and have a fabulous time doing it!!

Fun loving and comical I'm ready to get out there feed the people and share the love..........any ideas where that might be?

Here's some more pictures from last seasons outdoor adventures!…


Added by Ditesia Z. Johnson (TC) on February 18, 2015 at 7:44pm — No Comments

hi all

WELL my friends need some assistance with spring and summer work any hard suggestions I've applied too glacier national park and Idaho jobs and gpi

Added by angel on February 18, 2015 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Winter post up

Back after the hunt season and riding out the winter so I thought It was time to share some of this last years food photos.

Fresh peach trio.

Raspberry Balsamic Gelato.…


Added by Ditesia Z. Johnson (TC) on February 16, 2015 at 3:16pm — No Comments

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We invite you to visit our website and follow along on our adventure!

Added by Laine Browning on February 1, 2015 at 1:12pm — No Comments

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