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January 2009 Blog Posts (27)

Ketchup on Waffles

I'll be writing Part 4 of my Good, Bad, Ugly series soon on my summer season at the Basin Harbor Club. I just wanted to add this first.



I have always seen the forum questions about where the best and worse places to go. Lately, I've seen many taking the vague answers rather seriously. Maybe people always have and I'm just noticing it more.



There are a few responses that are more specific, but in general it's just a like or dislike. It was good, or not so good. What does… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on January 31, 2009 at 10:33pm — 5 Comments

Volcano on the path to eruption?

Redoubt's past points to likely eruption soon



By GEORGE BRYSON

gbryson@adn.com



Published: January 29th, 2009 07:20 PM

Last Modified: January 30th, 2009 03:01 AM



Five days ago, when the ground around Mount Redoubt began to rumble, federal and state geologists in Anchorage quickly looked at the Cook Inlet volcano's past to venture a prediction about its future.







The past was clear. There wasn't a minute to lose.



Two… Continue

Added by AlaskaFound on January 30, 2009 at 12:18pm — No Comments

An Updated Look at Alaska in 2009

Well howdy, long time no see. I was on such a roll blogging, and I truly appreciated all the comments I was receiving, and then that darn work thing started getting in the way. I plan on continuing my Employee Journey series soon, but wanted to give everyone an update about the upcoming 2009 Alaska summer. The last 3 weeks have seen some pretty major changes.



I previously spoke about the downward trend in bookings in the cruising industry, specifically with my information working for… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on January 30, 2009 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

A little note with some tips and a big thank you to cool works!

Hi my name is Dallas and I want to start off by saying thank you very much to cool works and all the people who work so hard helping all of us pursue our dreams. I found out about cool works almost 4 years ago and it opened up my eyes to all the things that are possible if you just take your life in your own hands. It is true about what they say about traveling.....a lot of people just wont understand what your doing. Even if your path is so clear to you, it may be next to impossible to convey… Continue

Added by Dallas on January 29, 2009 at 8:15pm — 20 Comments

Let me tell you about my move to The Big Island, Hawaii

So I’ve got a little tale to tell you and it starts in California…….I was working at Stanford Sierra Conference Center in South Lake Tahoe and the fall season was almost up. I was dating someone at the time and we were discussing where to spend the winter. She almost had me convinced to stay in Tahoe and spend the winter snowboarding until she made the mistake of uttering the word “Hawaii” in too close of range! We talked long and hard about it for a week and finally decided to just buy the… Continue

Added by Dallas on January 29, 2009 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Preparing for that First Summer

I'm having fun remembering how impossible it was for me to get ready for that first summer in Yellowstone without ever having seen the place. Hell, I didn't even know where it was at first; like a surprisingly large number of Californians, I had it confused with Yosemite. I finally bought a "Story Behind the Scenery" book about Yellowstone. It was a good book--no problem there--but it gave me the impression that Yellowstone is pretty much all geysers. The place is over two million acres, and… Continue

Added by Scott Herring on January 28, 2009 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

More About Journaling

(Not a word I like, "journaling," which sounds too much like something you do while listening to New Age music at an expensive spa in Sonoma County). During my time in Yellowstone, I kept a journal that ended up accumulating and accumulating until I had several hundred thousand words, literally, in miles of loopy handwriting. Years later, I decided I needed to digitize all that so that it wouldn't get lost, and it took me five months to type it into the computer. So, again, bring your laptop… Continue

Added by Scott Herring on January 28, 2009 at 12:45am — 1 Comment

A Little ESL

Now, I want to introduce a new feature that we will be experimenting with. Recall that I am an English professor, with a Ph.D. and everything. I have taught literally thousands of students, most of whom have been English-language learners. They have spoken every imaginable language, from Basque to Haitian Creole to Cambodian to !Kung. Along the way, I have picked up a few tricks on how to teach English as a Second Language (the "ESL" in my title).



Since so many people who work in… Continue

Added by Scott Herring on January 27, 2009 at 12:29am — No Comments

More Planning

Do you bring your laptop for a summer in the park? Yes (again, screw global warming). Getting online is usually an iffy affair. You should, however, keep a journal, and you will need the laptop as a platform for doing that.

These summer-in-the-park experiences (in whichever park) sometimes don't work out, but when they do, they can turn into the central adventure of your life so far, and maybe forever. You will kick yourself in the future for not writing down the details.

Added by Scott Herring on January 27, 2009 at 12:27am — No Comments

Life Down Down Under-Antarctica

Last year i remember reading about Terry and her adventures at the South Pole.I remember the interest it sparked in me.The thought of spending a "season" at the bottom of the world seemed interesting.

Werner Herzog,a director/filmmaker,(im sure he's more than that but you get the idea)made a documentary based on the people that make Camp McMurdo their semi-seasonal home.Encounters At The End Of The World is the name of the video.Their lives,happenings,ongoings,the eccentric spirit that… Continue

Added by jeff on January 26, 2009 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

A Radical Turn

Having said what I just said below, I'm now going to turn around and say something environmentally incorrect. It's the time of year when people are deciding where to work next summer, and I'm remembering how hard it was to plan for that first summer in Yellowstone. Should I (for instance) bring my car?



Yes, absolutely. If at all possible, bring your car. Reasons: the Greyhound bus is the 28th circle of hell, and without your car, your mobility will be severely limited, no matter how… Continue

Added by Scott Herring on January 26, 2009 at 5:16am — No Comments

A Brief Introduction

Who am I, a new intruder here? I teach at the University of California, Davis, where I got a Ph.D. a few years ago. Before that, I was a perfect national park bum. I worked in Yellowstone for about five years, a glorious experience that literally saved my life. I also worked in Death Valley and Carlsbad Caverns, both horrific experiences. But even they helped save my life a little (and I managed to keep away from the scorpions).



I have written books on national parks and other… Continue

Added by Scott Herring on January 26, 2009 at 5:15am — No Comments

My experience at the Inauguration.

I took the train to Washington DC for the Inauguration last week. This weekend I put up a podcast about my experience there.

http://www.tallycast.com/2009/01/25/inauguration-podcast/

Added by David Brightbill on January 25, 2009 at 9:13pm — No Comments

MT. RAINIER??????

Has anyone been employed at Mt. Rainier?? We are considering working in Washington this spring and summer but we have an RV and are looking for places that can accommodate the RV life. If anyone can give some advice or experience that would be great!!! Thanks!!!

Added by shannon on January 20, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

A Winter Week in Yellowstone

The sun came back this week and now we could use some more snow. But it was a great week around here. A few shots from Old Faithful to Mammoth to Tower.





Find more photos like this on My… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on January 18, 2009 at 7:57am — No Comments

Who da bomb???

Okay, so, my brain has been in full on teletuby mode since I got the Montana job. Here are some of my ideas for the children's program at Covered Wagon:



Most of these are subject to change depending on age, and other factors.



I was thinking about having each lil cowpoke (that's the name; Covered Wagon Cowpokes, I know, it's cheesy, but whatever, it's ADORABLE!! lol) make their own "customized" Covered Wagon bracelet! One of those twine bracelets that people make. I'll have… Continue

Added by Heidi Rae on January 15, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Homer's Eagle Lady

I woke up to the news this morning that Homer's famous Eagle Lady had died last night @ 85. She fed Eagles for years on the Homer Spit; She even had a personal spot at Lands End Resort reserved for her. She was sick for a good part of the summer... but blessed to be where she loved to be. See this news link to learn a little bit about this unique lady who so loved the eagles and made Homer Spit a special spot for photographers. We will miss… Continue

Added by akscootr on January 15, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

cabin fever

so it has been YEARS since my last seasonal job, and yet i still find myself checking this page, looking at new jobs, rethinking scenarios over and over in my head about certain situations... it is like a disease. but now, after "settling down" and "domesticating" myself for the whole notion of the american dream, i have come to see that it is not me, not what i ever wanted for myself or my girl, and in the future, not for my family.



we have had moderate success in our lives as… Continue

Added by mike on January 14, 2009 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Covered Wagon Ranch!!!!!!

I can't believe it! I have a job set up for the summer at Covered Wagon Ranch in Montana!!!!!!! This is the BEST opportunity a 16 year old can ask for! I'm going to be the Kiddie Wrangler!!! I don't think I can even begin to describe the excitement!! I was trembling I was so excited (or maybe because it is a windchill of -35 here and I was wearing a t-shirt)!!!!!!!!!!! Whatever the reason, I am PUMPED!!!! This is going to be the best summer of my life, and I'm sure it will only get better!!!!!… Continue

Added by Heidi Rae on January 12, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Snow Cave in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

Four folks and two good dogs had a great 2 night / 3 day trip into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area near the north entrance of Yellowstone Park. We started up in the slush on Thursday but got high enough to leave that behind. We built a snowcave in some gnarly weather, then woke up to a sweet day and great snow conditions on Friday, January 9th. Called it a day under clear skies and a gorgeous moon to wake up to more… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on January 11, 2009 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

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