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Texas - Home of the free and sometimes crazy people

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

Off to Maine I Go

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.…

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Added by aggie71 on March 1, 2016 at 7:03am — 4 Comments

Death Valley Dorm

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…

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Added by Sunni on February 29, 2016 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Death Valley is Alive

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…

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Added by Sunni on February 29, 2016 at 7:04pm — 1 Comment

Stop Barking

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.

https://youtu.be/q0QodJn1rZY

Added by Kristin Crain on February 22, 2016 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Club Med

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

And miles to go before I sleep...

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…

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Added by Billy Angel Sandoval on December 21, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments

Looking for a winter job

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!"…

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Added by Ditesia Z. Johnson (TC) on November 30, 2015 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Stuck in a rut

After I graduated from high school, I was looking for a change of pace. I live in a small town in Southeastern Michigan and 3 years ago, I woke up one day and I applied for jobs on Mackinac Island. About 2 days after I applied, I got a job there. I haven't been to Mackinac Island since I was a kid, so getting to take a ferry boat over to the Island was really exciting, it's like entering another world. I worked in a fudge shop for the summer, and met some really great people there. We would… Continue

Added by Kristin Marie on October 21, 2015 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

Mesa Verde - Year 4

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…

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Added by aggie71 on September 14, 2015 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

My season @ Mt Rushmore

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…

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Added by Sunni on September 4, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Life with CoolWorks....Updated

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…

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Added by Keith Larson on August 7, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

A Week in the Life Summer 2015 - Day 2

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…

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Added by Keith Larson on July 13, 2015 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Day 1 - A Week in the Life Summer 2015

This summer I am working, living and exploring Mackinac Island, Michigan. Sanders on Mackinac is where I am employed as a Fudge Maker.  And people that come to the island eat a LOT of fudge.  So much, in fact,…

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Added by Keith Larson on July 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

jobs

Do you know of any summer camps hiring still

Added by Carvel St John on May 28, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Minimalist Packing List

Quite a few of you have mentioned before what you consider "essentials" for packing when you go off to different locations, and I don't remember if I had done a packing blog before (no I didn't look before typing this). You would think as many times as I have moved around that it would be easy to do. Well maybe someday if I learn to stop shopping,  then packing might become a piece-of-cake. hopefully I can get all this stuff packed so it fits and I don't have any hassle at the airport. For…

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Added by Sunni on May 26, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Xanterra came through for me again

Two of my ex-coworkers from GCSR have been at Mt Rushmore for about a month or so now. They talked to someone in a hiring position, named Roy, about me..even gave him my Xanterra I.D.# so he could look me up. 

Well I got a quick call early this morning from Roy, asking when I could be there. He said I could arrive tomorrow or wait 2 weeks if I needed. Well I leave June 5th, to work in F&B at Mt Rushmore. I never even sent in an application for the job. I Have no idea when the job…

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Added by Sunni on May 21, 2015 at 10:14pm — 4 Comments

Soul Mates

Are "Soul Mates" real?  Is there someone out there who is that perfect individual that complements you in every imaginable way? A person you feel like you have known your entire life even though you may have just met?  A person you simply can't be around too much, because you simply love to be around this person no matter the circumstances be they good or bad?  Does everyone get an opportunity to find their "Soul Mate" in this life or is it a rare and precious exception for a very lucky…

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Added by aggie71 on May 11, 2015 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

anyone need a pet

jo joI have a Catahoola dog that needs a home the breed is a cattle dog? Is at least 10 years old and is great with other dogs and cats and kids. Loving…

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Added by Dixie Breidenstein on May 5, 2015 at 7:48pm — No Comments

My Auto Ford Taurus

My Ford Taurus 2007 that I took to Alaska from Florida has 139,000 miles.  I have it at the cabin in North Carolina, Garner. I have a telephone interview for Vail Resorts at Keystone Lodge & Spa May 18. If I go this way for the whole season seasonal Summer work contract. I plan on leaving auto behind and work at Keystone in Colorado. Fly round trip. Dishwasher work job in the mornings so could take shuttle to work work and back. Man I really do need a new auto car. This picture was…

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Added by Bob Blockus on May 4, 2015 at 8:49pm — No Comments

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