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Featured Blog Posts – January 2009 Archive (7)

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

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

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

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

Birthday at the Kay El Bar

I've been waiting for a typical day for "A Day in the Life, Take 2", but I haven't found one. So I'll just grab yesterday, maybe mention a few points, and sometime later make a third take. Let's make it a random date: March 5th.

January 7th is my birthday, but I kinda quit doing birthdays years ago.

I woke up at 6 am. I don't necessarily wake up then, sometimes earlier sometimes later. Most of my work is scheduled later in the day so usually I wake up whenever. I have a… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on January 8, 2009 at 4:06pm — No Comments

On the real benefits of a seasonal job

Having worked in Yellowstone, and excited to move forward to my next seasonal job, I've done lots of thinking about the benefits of the seasonal job lifestyle...

Once I got settled in, and decided to look outside myself to see just what and who I could get involved with, I found as I opened my mind and searched for learning opportunities, that the world expanded! To me, the best benefits weren't about the housing (which was decent) or the food (which was edible). The best benefits for me… Continue

Added by Kate on January 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

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