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April 2008 Blog Posts (27)

what. it's a picture of chocolate, back off.

i realize my first pic may not be exactly the kind of picture you were expecting me to take of the wilds of iowa. i've got more (the vast majority of them not significantly wilder than this, but whatever), and i'll put them up slowly over the next few weeks when i can. at least, that's the plan, especially if i go mushroom hunting for morels OMGSOGOOD. plus, 'shrooms are nicely graphic. come to think of it, a yellow morel picture would be a lovely counterpoint to the cave background on this… Continue

Added by steff on April 29, 2008 at 8:32pm — 2 Comments

Radical Changes

In just a few days, this Friday to be exact, I will graduate college! I am so relieved and excited to have graduated in four years, however it's bittersweet. I have made some great friends here at school and leaving them behind will be difficult. Although it's all very scary too because my life is about to make some drastic changes. I will be on my own for quite some time, something I am only half way used to. Most of my friends are gearing up for the real world. My room mate is moving to San… Continue

Added by Nikki on April 21, 2008 at 7:31pm — 5 Comments

Snow, Whistlepigs and Spring Again!

As I was driving down Highway 89 the other day to Jackson, I saw an amazing sight. Something that I've not seen since August 2007... it was a golden belly marmot, commonly known as a Whistlepig. Now for those of you who have never seen a whistlepig or a gold belly marmot - this varmit looks like a cross between a prairie dog and a Texas Whampus Cat. Of course, the poor thing was starving as it was sitting on about three feet of snow and not a green blade of anything in site. I'm thinking it got… Continue

Added by Ann Carr on April 21, 2008 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Winding down---Ready for my trip

So there's only two weeks left down here in sunny Wickenburg. Our last guest day is on May 1, but we'll have a few days of clean up after. I've pretty much decided what I'll keep and what I'll shed...now working on what I'll mail ahead, what I'll carry, and this time what I'll leave here. I'm definitely coming back to the Kay El Bar next season. I'm thinking about making it my winter base...I wasn't all too thrilled with the ski resort life...and I loved missing out on the real… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on April 21, 2008 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Rocks, snow, ice and whiskey.

Alaska is crazy. It is huge and wild and continues to amaze me daily. Been here almost two weeks now and have mostly just been working. We have been building this pavilion for a salmon bake down here in Cooper Landing, and have now moved on to the stage. Which required us to put the footings down about 19 inches in the ground. However there is three feet of snow covering two feet of ice covering an undetermined amount of granite that we have had to dig, burn, blast, heat, whack, and anything… Continue

Added by AlaskaBound! on April 20, 2008 at 10:05pm — 3 Comments

Top 5 Mistakes Seasonal Managers Make

A while back I wrote a blog entitled, "The Top 5 Mistakes Seasonal Workers Make." I was sledding and building a snowman with my wife today when I realized I needed to tell the other side of the equation. So I thought I would write about mistakes that managers make as well. Now, by managers I really mean ME, or what I have seen personally, but I figure that I cannot be that different from other managers in this industry. Plus, a blog entitled, "The Top 5 Mistakes I Make" just didn't seem like… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on April 20, 2008 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Bears, Birth, Dreams and Death

The interior roads of Yellowstone started to open up for the 2008 summer season on Friday -- April 18. The roads from Mammoth to Canyon to West Yellowstone and into Old Faithful are now open to the public. Stay tuned though, it’s snowing pretty hard in Gardiner right now, on April 20th.



I was in West Yellowstone Friday night and drove out for a look around on Saturday and – well – Yellowstone does not disappoint.



I headed to Old Faithful and parked over towards the Lodge… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on April 20, 2008 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

about my life!

well we will start with i have to horable sisters......sorry but they are crazzy!
my mom is soooooo nice u would totally like to meet her
my dad.........well u dont want to know about my dad
i have a kind of nice familly but not that nice?
well im a big fan of hannah montana/miley cyrus........
i have a dog his name is tiny ..............he is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!



well that my life!

Added by emily on April 18, 2008 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Alaska: week one.

Well I have been up in Alaska now for a full week. It started late in Anchorage at a great little place, and progressed the next day south down to Cooper Landing. The drive down here was beyond belief. Mountains surround you as you drive parallel to the Turnagain arm. The hiway snakes around the canyons. Several times we stopped to take pictures of the snow that was over my head in depth, as the day I arrived in Alaska a late snow shower dumped about a foot of snow into the area. Temperatures… Continue

Added by AlaskaBound! on April 17, 2008 at 8:48pm — 3 Comments

bariloche







yo!



been a whyle, so i figured i´d shoot a quick email from my transient residence in bariloche. it´s a pretty rediculous set up that i´ve got here... a swiss chalet style house with 5 bedrooms, a full kitchen, and indescribable views from various bay windows. my bedroom window overlooks the enormous lago naguel huapi, which branches… Continue

Added by Daven Hafey on April 17, 2008 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Why

So why did I decide to go to Alaska? well i have a friend named Jeremy who went to MPL last year and we (Darren, Felisha, Jeremy, and Me) were sitting around hanging out and Jeremy mentioned he was leaving to go to Alaska. Jeremy started to tell us about it and it sounded really cool so he made me think about going but i didnt ask enough to say i wanted to go until I found out all of my closest friends in Utah were going. thats when i really started to ask Jeremy questions and he started to… Continue

Added by Matt on April 15, 2008 at 10:26pm — 2 Comments

John is heading West......

......I don't know why and I don't know where. All I have wanted

was to fit in, to contribute, to be accepted. I have tried in so

many ways to figure out this life on my own-and I just can't make

sense of so many things. I'm heading out of Shreveport, Louisiana

either Sunday or Monday and I haven't a clue where I'm going-but

I do know I'm heading West. I have no idea why, it's just a feeling

....like having gas :)





I do know this place called… Continue

Added by John Caldwell on April 13, 2008 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

The Bicycling Sweet Spot in Yellowstone - Springtime!

There's a window of opportunity each spring when some of the roads have been mostly plowed out but they aren't open for cars yet but they ARE open for bikes. No cars, great roads, lots of snow, scenery and the occasional wildlife-obstacle.



Four of us rode from Mammoth to Obsidian Cliff and back on April 12 - 20ish miles with a CRUISIN' downhill at the end. The road from Mammoth over to West, over to Canyon and down to Old Faithful opens to cars on the… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on April 12, 2008 at 7:34pm — No Comments

a story for the new Coolworkers

For those who are nervous about their upcoming adventures, I copied, modified, and pasted this from a note I wrote a friend the other day.

One day I was somewhere near Imperial, MO. at a fruit orchard with a friend and talking about our various travels. The owner, who seemed to have everything one could ever want, started crying. I thought I had upset her somehow, but I hadn't. Why was she crying? She had never left Imperial, not even to go to St. Louis. So she had a lot of THINGS, but had… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 12, 2008 at 8:29am — 9 Comments

The Hostel advantage...

So I arrived at the Hostel last night around 1030pm. Just a short cab ride over from the airport on the snowy, icy streets of anchorage. You have to love a place like this, very nice artwork on the outside of the building, walk inside to the sounds of RadioHead being played in the office. A very nice gal got me checked in and showed me around the building. They have free WiFi to use, about 5 bunk rooms both male and female and one Co-Ed. Two big living rooms to hang out in with computers if you… Continue

Added by AlaskaBound! on April 10, 2008 at 1:19pm — 4 Comments

Curious Deer in Olympic National Park

I decided to check out the park and enjoy some of the snow falling there yesterday. I saw deer so I stopped the car & turned it off to watch them... They were completely unafraid. Two approached the car so closely I could have reached through the window and touch them if I wanted to. I could see curiosity in their eyes as they looked me over. I softly spoke to them and it seemed as if they were listening.

It was magical... this is why I have remained a coolworker for so long. It is why… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 10, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Gung Ho

I make lists. All the time.

MY INTENSELY LONG LIFE LIST: (in no specific order)

Fall in true love.

Birth/Adopt/Foster a child.

Build my own home.

Conquer my fears.

Learn how to ride a bicycle.

Shower in a waterfall.

Ride a roller coaster and not vomit.

Go to another country.

Have a star named after me.

Donate blood.

Have one of those movie kisses in the rain.

Climb a mountain.

Change the world in some…
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Added by rachael on April 10, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Finally!

Well in 23 hours and 36 minutes I will be landing in Anchorage. I have packed, unpacked, and repacked about 4 times now, and then after reviewing the baggage limits on the United Airlines website I realized that one of my bags was waaay too big!!! So a frantic trip to the goodwill provided me with an appropriate sized piece of luggage circa 1974 for a mere 6 bucks. And after a fifth repacking session and another resort I finally got everything I could possibly stuff into my two bags and stay… Continue

Added by AlaskaBound! on April 8, 2008 at 11:31pm — 2 Comments

One month to go...

I am starting to get a little anxious, now, with less than a full month remaining before we set out cross-country en route to JLL. Time was dragging by and then one day I realized I really only have about 3 weeks left after factoring in a visit/trip with a friend and the cross-country drive.

ZOIKS!

So now I am trying to clean up my room where I've been staying here in FL, make a list of anything I still need (without going overboard!), and thinking it may be time to start packing… Continue

Added by Tammy W on April 7, 2008 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Instant Classics -- Redux

I was inspired today to blog on a previous blog that yours truly wrote called Instant Classics. I had to tape Sense and Sensibility on Masterpiece Theater for my wife tonight. As I perused my pile of video tapes (why is it so hard to keep VHS tapes organized?) I found a prospect for recording. It had an old episode of Heroes on it. Just as I was about to switch it off and set up the timer I saw a blurb across the bottom of Heroes for the Series Premiere of Journeyman. This caught my… Continue

Added by Rick Peterson on April 6, 2008 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

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