Living & Working in Great Places
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This summer I am working at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota. In Part 1, I did an overview of three random days. In this part, I'll do 2 more...the 2nd days of August and September. I might do an edit at the end of the season for one more day...but sometimes that part of the season gets a bit hectic.
Part 1 is here:…Continue
This summer I am working at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota. Maybe you have seen the signs if you have ever travelled on I-90. I first heard about the company because of those signs. It was in an advertising class in college. Several years ago I was making a trip across the country and was going to spend a weekend in Pierre. Seeing those signs along the way reminded me of the place and looked up opportunities for seasonal work. I…Continue
Added by Keith Larson on September 3, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
Living the Dream is the book I wrote while living in my RV and working at Mount Rainier. The chapters include all sorts of things I learned during my seven year journey in seasonal work. On Monday and Tuesday, September 5 and 6th, you can download it FREE, yes, free at the link. I'd love some good…Continue
I know its been to long since I've been on here, just thought i'd give a quick update!
I made it to Skagway, AK!!! yay! Have been working as a Adventure Guide and have totally loved every second of it! Not only have I been blown away by the pure beauty of SE Alaska, but also by all of the amazing people I have gotten to know & love.
Seems like I every now and then I catch myself thinking, "holy moses! I'm actually in Alaska!" Cant believe I finally made it here. One thing…Continue
Did you realize there is a surreal, magical place right under your nose? Did you know that Coolworks provides you an opportunity to go there every Spring? Of course I am talking about Acadia National Park and "Downeast" Maine. Considering how many folks apply at Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and other popular Parks in the West I am kind of amazed so few people attempt to go to Maine. I have only been here a month and I just can't get over what a special place this truly is. It is…Continue
OK Fans .... here's all the details you have been waiting for :) My Maine roadtrip itinerary:
Day 1, Saturday May 14 - Houston, TX to Brownsville, TN (726 miles)
Day 2 Sunday, May 15 - Brownsville, TN to Mansfield, OH (595 miles)
Day 3 Monday, May 16 - Mansfield, OH to Niagara Falls, ON, Canada (291 miles)
Day 3 - 5 at Niagara Falls, ON, Canada hanging out
Day 5 - Wednesday, May 18 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada to Pittsfield, Mass (339 miles)
Day 6 -…Continue
Added by aggie71 on May 1, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
Just a minor update on my Maine adventure. We leave Houston on Saturday, May 14. First night will be in Memphis, Tennessee (BBQ & blues anyone?) ..... then on to Cleveland OH (I think). We should arrive in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on Monday, May 16 and be there until May 18. Plan to visit some of the local vineyards (heard they had a ton of them there). Heading to Bar Harbor next, plan to arrive on Friday, May 20. I will be in the McFarland Hill Apartments (#4) with two room…Continue
Home, home again once more in Texas... The Mat Sinking Unit was great and I did earn allot of money for the past season (310 hours of OT), but I am so glad to be home once more on Texas soil - Galveston! I hope all of you have a great season and someday soon, I will join in again.
Hey Kari, I need a new patch... old car got totaled and it went with it.
Added by Ann Carr on April 4, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments
All my scheming has paid off :) I have been hired as a VUA Ranger at Acadia National Park, and my Maine adventure begins on May 22. I will be there right through the peak foliage in mid-October with my last day being November 5. Honestly, I'm excited. This is one of the few things left on my original bucket list and Maine is definitely a place I have wanted to experience for a long time. One small regret is I can't seem to connect with anyone else who is traveling up there this Spring.…Continue
I live in the dorm known as "The Gulch". Its up a dirt road passed the Inn..about a mile from the main ranch area. Seeing as I am without a car, I have to wait for the shuttle van to take me to work. The shuttle leaves the ranch about 15 & 45 minutes after the hour.
Unlike some other dorms, none of the dorms here have a community room. So nowhere to hang out and watch TV with your neighbors, no community kitchen...well the general store does have a microwave that you can…Continue
Added by Sunni on February 29, 2016 at 8:18pm — No Comments
A sea of yellow from "Desert Gold" flowers are everywhere right now. Miles of land that was so bare just a month or so ago has now been colored with pretty flowers. Course tons of people have come to see them too, so we are busy at work here. Not sure how long…Continue
I have 2 dogs and one likes to bark. I got tired of it and was very tired one day. I opened the back door and told the other dog to go tell him to be quiet, and he did! Here is another day I managed to get a video.
Added by Kristin Crain on February 22, 2016 at 6:56pm — No Comments
My jaw nearly fell off my face when I saw Club Med advertising on CW. If you're interested in them, you need to know a few things first, such as at least one other foreign language. You would benefit in knowing how they run things too because it's fairly different than any work experience you may have had before. If you're curious, feel free to message me. I've worked at the resorts in the Bahamas and in Florida.
Added by Brendan on February 10, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments
What. A. Year.
There's a solitude that comes with finishing a contract with any seasonal employer. You can't expect someone who has not been through the same program to fully appreciate it from only an explanation of the experience. The connectivity, the challenges, the humor, and the responsibilities combine to create an other-worldly experience for those in the "bubble". That's hitting me right about now as my fall adventure at Camp Summit in Argyle, TX is finally coming to a…Continue
Added by Billy Angel Sandoval on December 21, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments
Hello CoolWorks people thought i would post up as we get into winter with some of my creations from the last few months.
I continue to look for a great spot to do my thing job wise for this winter, so if you are looking for a great addition to your team........as always, "Have knives will travel!"…Continue
Added by Ditesia Z. Johnson (TC) on November 30, 2015 at 1:53pm — No Comments
Well my fourth year at Mesa Verde is just about in the books so to speak. There is just something about this area of the USA that keeps calling me back. My summer was largely outside the Park exploring various places .... some for the first time and other favorites for a repeat visit. The big difference was I was able to find a friend to share these experiences with .... that was HUGE. It is so much better than doing everything alone. But in four years this was the only year I could…Continue
I have been here for 3 interesting months now.
I started out with a roommate ( and you know how well I love roommates)but a few weeks ago I got to move into my own room. You may or may not know, there is only 1 dorm at this location. Xanterra expects nobody to drink in the dorm but I have seen people do it. Now having everyone living in 1 dorm can be interesting. You see your coworkers often at night and days off. With everyone sharing a kitchen & tv room, it gives a kind of…Continue
I had been cooking for more than 10 years when I first heard of people that would work seasonally. I was a sous chef at a local resort in Wisconsin and was training a cook for the summer. He told me about how he had worked at the Grand Canyon and at Yosemite National Parks, but that summer he had two sisters getting married and his grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary and decided to stay home for the summer.
A couple of years later in 1996, I was surfing the internet and came…
This morning I decided to walk downtown to catch a ferry over to St Ignace. It's the small town on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the northern point of the Mackinac Bridge. There are also ferries that go to the lower peninsula, that town is Mackinaw City. First, I went to the shoreline where Market…Continue