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April 2010 Blog Posts (18)

To all you first timers...

I heard this song the other day and I thought HOW PERFECT for the first time seasonal workers - all on your way to a new adventure.

So this one's for you.… Continue

Added by Kathi on April 30, 2010 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments


The weather seems to be the topic as of late with everyone in or heading to Yellowstone. Now I know all you ole snow people are used to the Winter and snow and ice. Like my friend JoJo (I have given her a new name of joise) and I know she loves it lol tells me that she is sick of snow and ice and she prob is, coming out of a Winter job and being from Maine. But for those of us coming in from the South there is no such thing as snow and ice for the most part at least not like what is in… Continue

Added by Ken Douglas on April 30, 2010 at 12:31pm — 4 Comments

Zion, here I come!

In spite of my late start, I landed a fantastic job as line cook for Xanterra in Zion.

Did I tell you how Happy I am?

I leave here at dawn on May 6, begin working May 9th. Its a three day drive into country I've only passed through before. Last summer I really explored Yellowstone and surrounding towns. This year its Zion and surrounding National Parks and Monuments. Theres like 5 down in southern Utah.

Best wishes to all heading out to their…


Added by Carol on April 30, 2010 at 10:32am — 14 Comments

Weather in Yellowstone National Park

Sorry if you were on the edge of your seat for last night's post. I took my love to town and the blog didn't happen. Not really, hubby, but I did go into Gardiner with the gang. We checked out the two bars in


I had one…


Added by Judy Demick on April 29, 2010 at 7:05pm — 6 Comments


Over the past couple days I have met some really amazing people here at coolworks. I'm not all that surprised because we have so much in common. We're all headed down that road called adventure. I am one step closer to getting there, today I shipped most of my things UPS and hoping it gets there before me. I have read so many posts and chatted with alot of people and the main thing everyone is so excited about is just getting to where we're going. Did we pack enough and those,…


Added by Ken Douglas on April 29, 2010 at 12:13am — 6 Comments

Red Canyon Lodge Update

If you are looking to work with a great bunch of people in a beautiful place check out Red Canyon Lodge.

Added by Carolann on April 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

soda butte lodge

This was by far my worst job ever! Rude!..........Unapreciative.............Don't put youreself through it.

Added by Chris Topher on April 28, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments


When most of the non-seasonal people in my life find out what I do for a living, they often pose the questions "What is it that you're running from? Why can't you just settle in one place?" To those people my answer is I'm not running away from anything, I am running twoards everything, new adventures, new friends from all over the world, new job opportunities and many more possibilities to grow in my career, getting to live in beautiful places that most only get to vacation in. Who wouldn't…


Added by JoJo on April 27, 2010 at 1:14pm — 11 Comments

Greetings to everyone from the land of the Midnight Sun

Well it is almost a midnight sun here... getting dark around 11pm right now.. So far we have sunshine about every other day. One day snow, one day sun.. then clouds come back for some rain and maybe more snow. More and more Whales are returning to their summer feeding grounds and the wildlife population is growing at leaps and bounds. I wanted to wish everyone out there who is about to embark either on their first seasonal adventure, or make a return to an old haunt. The adventure continues and… Continue

Added by Dawna Raven sky on April 26, 2010 at 11:08pm — 4 Comments

Coolworks/Seasonal Job Addiction

Let me tell you, I'd much rather work seasonal than have a permenant residence and the attached job and bills that goes with it.

I've worked seasonal for 2 summers' now. Both times I've had my employment contract extended, the last time for 5 months!! And this last job I didn't even apply to, it wasn't on Coolworks...turns out the place I did apply to had just finished hiring their staff, and passed on my cover letter/resume to another…


Added by Alan M. Lev on April 24, 2010 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Leaving seasonal work.....for me, it's time.(warning I get sappy lol)

An open letter to my friends here at Coolworks and my McKinley Princess Lodge family:

After much emotion and indecision and searching, I have decided to stay in the job I am at. I loved working for Princess and love the people I met there; you guys are tops! Great people to be around....I made some fond memories there.

Recently discovering a desire to settle down here in Alaska, and have a home and a life here, as well as some permanence, has tipped the balance for me. I loved…


Added by Kate on April 22, 2010 at 12:41pm — 10 Comments

I Can't Take It Anymore!

You guys win.

Its an addiction, its killing me!

I have to go back to Yellowstone, and resume the seasonal life.

I quit my PRN hospital job, walked away from a "key " position at an "opening soon!" french restaurant, and promised myself a summer of backpacking, gardening, reading and youtubing.

But, come January, my application goes in for Yellowstone, and plan to be…


Added by Carol on April 19, 2010 at 6:45pm — 13 Comments

Puffins, Fjords, Mountains, Snow and Ravens

I arrived in Seward two days ago. The mountains, the Ravens and the snow welcomed me with open arms so to speak. So far this job appears to probably be the highlight of all my past seasonal positions... Good housings, excellent views. organized Management, great incentives and perks to top it off.. Busily learning all our Tour packages getting prepped for the first rush in early May... Packing in all the information, so I will… Continue

Added by Dawna Raven sky on April 14, 2010 at 8:11pm — 11 Comments

April Showers in Yellowstone - Snow Showers

But summer IS coming. Welcome to Yellowstone you early season folk.

Find more photos like this on My… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on April 13, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Single in Alaska

Way off of coolworks topics but Im heading to Alaska this summer. Hoping to find my special lady. Does she exist up there. Any females reading this please post advice/comments. Just would like to know if she does and gain more confidence...

Added by Eric on April 12, 2010 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Minimalism is Your Friend

There's nothing like paring down material goods to the esentials. Some people think it should all fit in a room, a car, or perhaps a r-v.

How many pairs of pants does a person need to own at any one time?

I used about half the stuff I brought, amazingly, even a sewing machine and laptop. Never used my solo tent, just a tarp. Didnt use a single fancy outfit, nor a single pair of shorts (too cold!), never the wetsuit (for river running in a kayak, I thought), or my bike helmet,…


Added by Carol on April 7, 2010 at 7:26pm — 9 Comments

It's Still Winter in Yellowstone!

I'm running out of pre Yellowstone chatter.

So let's talk weather. It's Spring in Ohio. Last night all of the flowering trees put their heads together and came up with this.

My allergies stood up and noticed.

It was 80 degrees today. I'm not ready for this yet. Just a few weeks ago I was wearing jeans and a sweater.

I look better covered up.…


Added by Judy Demick on April 6, 2010 at 5:49am — 2 Comments

National Park Volunteer: A Chance to Give Back

Having worked all my life, (OK, so I didn't actually work for the first 15 years of my life, but I've more than made up for it ever since), I never suspected that once I actually got into a position of not having to work to make ends meet, that I would actually seek out, well, work!

For the past 20 years, the greater Jackson Hole area has been a second home for me - more like a refuge, really. I came out here with my young son during the summer to enjoy the…


Added by Carla K. on April 4, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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