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my first post

this is a cool site. get tired of myspace. lots of trouble with that site. I have worked at death valley , yosemite, isle royale, everglades, and big bend national parks. I will have to wait till kids grow up then show my wife around to the other parks..........nice to meet all of you. talk to you later...................

Added by Richard ohl on May 30, 2007 at 9:21pm — No Comments

A great summer on the way.

This summer I will be mapping willows (streamside shrubs) on Yellowstone's northern range (the area occupied by Yellowstone's northern elk herd in the winter). Basically, my assistant and I get paid to hike all over Yellowstone and use gps units to mark the willow thickets that we find. Then we measure how tall they are and record a few other pieces of data.

The hard part will be identifying the species of each thicket. Willows all look very similar to each other and they hybridize. So… Continue

Added by Mike Tercek on May 29, 2007 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

The My CoolWorks GiveAway

Contest Closed - We Have a Winner!

Since our announcement of the My CoolWorks contest, the invite requests have been pouring in, and we’re psyched to see it! As a reminder, we’re giving away the winner’s choice of an Ipod Nano 4gb, a Fugi…

Added by CoolWorks® on May 29, 2007 at 11:30am — No Comments

Job changes?

I had promised myself to make the sometimes painfull decision to leave the workplace this summer if it wasn't working out instead of trying to stick it out as I always have before. It was the right thing to do :0).... I was forced to choose between my initial employer and my second one last night.

I often wonder why an employer thinks that a seasonal employee will be as "trapped" as a 9-5er in a position when they are not being fair or honest. I am now in a much smaller and less fancy…


Added by akscootr on May 28, 2007 at 12:33am — 1 Comment

An education unto itself...

So one of the things I really like about taking temp jobs in the parks and other assorted places is how many cool people (from all over the world) you get to meet. I worked in Jackson Hole this winter and one of my co-workers was from Brazil and through her I learned some interesting things about Brazillian culture. The summer I spent at the Grand Canyon I had two room mates from Finland and worked with people from the Navajo reservation - and of course saw folks from more…


Added by Lea on May 25, 2007 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Bears & Bison Calves

Had a neighbor from my hometown in Minnesota and his nephew visit

yesterday. Jack worked a summer in the park back in '81. Chris, the

nephew, had never been to Yellowstone before. That's always good for us

locals because we get to show off the park, which otherwise is just out

there, and I don't get out there enough.

We drove out to Tower in the late afternoon - saw some critters and all

of that scenery. Spent some time watching a black bear on the… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on May 25, 2007 at 6:00am — No Comments

First Post

I'm really just posting to test this out. I'm used to online blogging as I have another one that I use but this is a new forum. It somewhat reminds me of MySpace but (thankfully) doesn't have nearly as much clutter. I've never found MySpace to be user friendly.

I like the idea of this community because it's good to know that I am not alone in the travel/work thing. I spent last summer in Yellowstone and it was an amazing experience. I've also worked in Alaska, the Grand Canyon,…


Added by Lea on May 24, 2007 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Bear Mauling in Yellowstone

Be careful out there....

A guy was mauled in Hayden Valley yesterday. He was able to walk a few miles out to the road to get help, then taken by ambulance to West Yellowstone and helicopter to Idaho Falls.

The word is that he has severe facial injuries.

We're not the top of the food chain around here. Be alert. Bear spray is good.

Be careful out there.…


Added by Bill Berg on May 24, 2007 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Wolverine/Horse Canyon Loop - Grand Staircase Escalante

David filled us in on some great trips to be done in Grand Staircase / Escalante and we settled on a Wolverine/Horse Canyon loop. Having just took a stroll through Death Hollow we took a long jealous look at Little Death Hollow but decided not to tackle the climbing and pools of water with the pooches.…


Added by Bill Berg on May 16, 2007 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Morning and Memories in Yellowstone


I work near Gardiner, Montana. My wife is a Ranger at Tower, inside Yellowstone Park. My first summer in Yellowstone was 1972 (YIKES!). So 35 years ago I started working here. My wife started in '74. We got married 25 years ago yesterday in Mammoth. My Best Man was on the same YPSS crew that I was on at Canyon in '72. He lives in Gardiner and works at Mammoth.

I remember meeting folks who'd been around 10, 20, 30 years… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on May 14, 2007 at 8:09am — No Comments

Grand Staircase - Escalante - Bryce Canyon

We took it pretty easy today after the 16 mile hike on the Boulder Mail Trail yesterday. We rumbled up towards Powell Point in the morning, hoping to hop on the bikes and get out to the Point. We ran into snow at about 9,700 feet and had to give up on that. Came back to Bryce where we're staying with Park Service friends and spent the afternoon cruising the rims and overlooks. Sweet stuff... amazing place...



Added by Bill Berg on May 7, 2007 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Spreading Light

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
Edith Wharton

Added by Kathi on May 7, 2007 at 7:24am — No Comments

The Boulder Mail Trail - Escalante Grand Staircase Goodness

We hooked up with our friend David at Bryce and decided to hike the Boulder Mail Trail. It's put out there as a great hike that combines slickrock ridge-running and some bottom-of-the-canyon hiking as well. It's a 16 mile route that makes a great overnight but we were a bit short on time and too lazy to carry overnight gear so we decided to get up and take a shot at it in a day.

We left Bryce with 2 cars, left one at… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on May 6, 2007 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Yes! There is sun in Juneau... I know 'cause I saw it today :0). I hear the King Salmon are coming in... time to go fishing... The sailboats are out also. I think they are sooo cool because many here live on them. It can be a comfortable (and inexpensive) home, transportation, and the ticket to many tasty fishies. Often one doesn't even need fuel because the wind does the work for you.... a great concept. "Live, Laugh, Love".... I don't know who said that but they were right.… Continue

Added by akscootr on May 1, 2007 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

Earth Day at the South Pole

This picture of me with the zucchini is in the Growth Chamber, and was taken on Saturday April 14th I take pictures of the produce every week and include them in my weekly Sit- Rep report's that go to the Winter Site Manager, Facilities Specialist in Denver, the Head Chef in Denver for the South Pole, to a professor and the graduate student who was the technician of the green house last winter who are with…


Added by Terry on May 1, 2007 at 9:09am — No Comments

bonfire days

I was just resting in my car by the beach yesterday reading a book on pre-historic America when I heard a knock on my window. It was a young lady and her boyfriend inviting me to join her and her boyfriend to their bonfire. Ahhh... those friendly Alaskans. It was cool. Her name was Ashley and he Matt... it turns out she has taken most of the pics on the Sheldon-Jackson college website. Beautifull places seem to produce many photographers.... and cool people. smiles to everyone... :0)

Added by akscootr on April 30, 2007 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

Instant classics

I saw on Yahoo today that Fox has pulled one of my new favorite shows, "Drive" from its Monday time slot. This led me to have several thoughts. First, if it weren't for 24 and its summer replacement Hell's Kitchen, I would really hate Fox. No other network produces as many original, well acted, and intriguing shows, and then cancels them a month later. As evidence I give you The Lone Gunmen, Keen Eddie, The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr., and the utterly fantastic Firefly. (If you have not…


Added by Rick Peterson on April 25, 2007 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

Put Yourself On the Map

We recently added a Job Map that we're pretty proud of. Take a spin, zoom in and out, pick a state, pick a category and scope where these employers are.

I also put together a map of where folks are who are signed into My CoolWorks so far. I didn't get everyone because I wasn't sure. And I just put first names and general locations so as not to get too inappropriately personal. Using a tool called Tagzania you can manage your own location…


Added by CoolWorks® on April 24, 2007 at 8:19am — No Comments

The Bad Beginning

First of all, no, I am not an overly negative person. I chose this blog title simply because it is my first ever, and my creativity was lacking so I stole a title from Lemony Snicket. Being my first blog, it is a beginning, and since I am a novice, it might be bad. But I hope not.

Our first seasonal employees of the 2007 season arrived this weekend at the Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge. Their arrival was met with the same stomach dropping feeling that the first 2006 employees brought me.…


Added by Rick Peterson on April 23, 2007 at 2:04pm — 3 Comments


I felt tired today... Finding a place to live in Juneau is like pulling teeth and the hostel allows only a five-day stay. It was discouraging and bummed me out because I there is no way I was going to stay at the homeless shelter. I'm gainfully employed.... not hopeless (that is the environment of a shelter in my opinion and once a long time ago, experience). So I bought a cheap car to at least stay dry and to store my stuff. To test the car, I drove it across the bridge to Douglas Island and… Continue

Added by akscootr on April 21, 2007 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

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