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March 2011 Blog Posts (21)

Alaska 2011

It's one year ago I started preparing for the biggest adventure of my life...traveling to Alaska by myself to work at Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, in Trapper Creek, AK.  Located in Denali State Park three hours north of Anchorage, I was nervous and excited at the same time.  Who starts off on this kind of thing when you're almost 60 years old?  Leaving my beloved and supportive husband and cat behind?  I almost backed out at the airport the morning of my flight, but didn't want…


Added by Patty Brown on March 30, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Xantera-The Good the Bad and the Ugly

I am a newbe to Coolworks but what I've read so far it is a wealth of information from folks that don't hide anything and tell you like it is. My wife and I are part of the retired corps of seasonal workers, that is we will be when we summer roles around. I have had  a great career and have enjoyed most everything about it.  As I look back over my years of work experience some of my best of times were spent in my summer job during college. I worked for the US Forest Service in Wyoming and had a… Continue

Added by Keith Judkins on March 30, 2011 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Going to go treasure hunting for a foot locker type thing so I can store my laptop and things in.  I cant imagine someone taking something that dosent belong to them but it happens.  So ( ty Michelle…

Going to go treasure hunting for a foot locker type thing so I can store my laptop and things in.  I cant imagine someone taking something that dosent belong to them but it happens.  So ( ty Michelle again) a friend suggested that I get a foot locker.  She is bringing one as well.  Awesome Idea. Now just have to figure out how to carry all of the stuff because I wasent planning on bringing my little suv. Continue

Added by Janette Horton Ross on March 29, 2011 at 7:55am — 4 Comments


Anyone going to Yellowstone around May 21st this summer...I'm from CT and need a ride to get there or some good suggestions on how to get here. thanks!

Added by Taylor shaw on March 28, 2011 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Back To Alaska and the Journey getting there

Getting psyched for my seventh season of seasonal work, although it has not been continuous. I di d take a year off from seasonal work in 06, to…


Added by Dawna Raven sky on March 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Got almost everything

I got almost everything in town today with the exception of a wind up alarm clock and bug spray.  May at Yellowstone I doubt that the bug spray will be a huge deal right away.

Added by Janette Horton Ross on March 25, 2011 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

got all narrowed down

I have 1 suitcase on wheels, 2 tote bags, a messenger for my laptop and books, and a fanny pack. I think this is plenty for what I have to bring.  I put the part of the list that goes in the certain bags in a pocket of that bag so I know what goes into that bag at the end of the summer.  Have the feeling that I am forgetting something.

Added by Janette Horton Ross on March 24, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Our bolder group and pets...

So many in our older and bolder group have dear pets that are part of our family, if not "thee" family living with us.  I am wondering why more places don't accoumodate pets?  Who would leave their pets behind for a season? 



Added by Lindy Spencer on March 24, 2011 at 9:44am — 2 Comments

Mt. McKinely Princess Wilderness Lodge

So who else is working for MPL this summer? My flight is on may 10 i am leaving from Santa Barbara, CA anyone from Cali that is going there too?

Added by Jeremy Placencia on March 23, 2011 at 11:22pm — 4 Comments

49 days....

Im sooo excited to be working as a room attendant at MPL. I have never been to Alaska. But I have had family members take a cruise up that way and they said its a beautiful place to see. I plan on taking lots of pictures of different things.. I cant wait to meet some new people. I have 49 days left to be here in Oregon and start a new journey in wonderful Alaska...

Added by Amanda Clark on March 22, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Crater Income?

I am working as a server at CLNP for the summer and am curious what the average "take" is for a summer there.  The last time I worked there was six years ago and I only worked the last two months...just trying to do some financial planning for the fall.


And please, no "it's not about the money" lectures.  I get that!


Thanks to all, and a good summer!

Added by Ltrain on March 21, 2011 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Preacher, Licker and Clown Make-Up

Well, my fourth season at the Kay El Bar Guest Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona is down to six weeks.  The time has been zooming past.  I had already decided that this will be my last season least for awhile.  Just time to keep moving on.

There were a couple of firsts for me this season so far.  An all-day ride was happening on a day that I wasn't waiting for a delivery or had an appointment scheduled.  I rode Preacher out on the Bootlegger ride.  It's amazing how many natural…


Added by Keith Larson on March 21, 2011 at 3:38pm — No Comments


Soo it's official--I am working at Old Faithful this summer!! Arriving May 5th. 

Added by Laura Major on March 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hope u all have a great Summer

Once the bags are packed, a lot of decisions have already been made. The night before, you had to think through what to pack and what to leave behind. The morning of departure, you check again and again for the essentials: passport, wallet, journal, tickets, camera.

Your itinerary, chosen from among countless options, is at least partially settled by now. You’re going to _____, and as far as you’re concerned, all of _____ is waiting for you.

The road ahead may not be easy, but…


Added by Sunni on March 20, 2011 at 6:30am — 11 Comments

Advice Needed!

I'm not looking forward to the drive out west. Seems like driving back from Zion last year, visiting and helping with family emergencies, just sorta did me in.


Looking at flights from here to Jackson, it would cost about the same as driving. Plus, I would be there same day, just after lunch, instead of 2.5 days on the road.


But, still, having my own car is sweet. I can get by on few clothes, thats not an issue.


Advice needed!

Added by Carol on March 18, 2011 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

been there done that

I have worked at the following places, Grand Teton Jackson Lake Lodge, Yellowstone National Park, Old Fathful Inn.

MT Rainier National Park, Long Mier Inn, Norweigan Cruise lines, Pride Of America,Aloha and Hawaii. Deer Valley Utah,and finally Keystone Co.

Added by Terry Lynne Meyer on March 16, 2011 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

My packing list so far ( ty Michelle and Aggie)


sheets ( 2 sets)



throw blanket

throw rug

small lamp

small fan

alarm clock

power strip

extension cord


cell phone

charging pad

laptop/charger/headphones/modem stick


air freshner

spray cleaner

paper towels



bug spray

coffee- instant starbucks-mugs

coffee for french press



Added by Janette Horton Ross on March 16, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

Packing for Yellowstone.

Although I do not officialy leave until May 7th, I am organizing everything now as I still have classes until the middle of May.  I have all the things that I am taking organized on my list and are going into piles in the family room in front of the suitcase they belong in.  I still have to pick up small things which I will do this weekend in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  I am trying to decide if I want to bring my little suv......Nah I would rather walk.

Added by Janette Horton Ross on March 16, 2011 at 7:48am — 1 Comment

As I sit and dream again...

     Hard to believe that it was six years ago that I stepped out on a limb and took a seasonal job never dreaming where it would lead me.  My dream as a youngster was to visit one of the National Parks and have a family vacation like what you saw on the TV.  Unfortunately, that was not to be with my mom.  She died before she ever got a chance to visit me when I lived in one too. During these past six years, I did manage to live in three National Parks and even did a stint on the Mississippi…


Added by Ann Carr on March 11, 2011 at 5:51pm — 7 Comments

Any pointers for Xanterra south rim

Any pointers for Xanterra south rim Continue

Added by Chris Topher on March 10, 2011 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

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