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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

Spring Time in the Rockies

Everything feels like it's at least a month ahead of the calendar down here in Gardiner and out in the park. But we heard there was still decent snow above Cooke City so we checked it out yesterday.

Cool and overcast for starters. Just into the North Entrance at Gardiner we saw a dozen Elk, one Pronghorn Antelope and maybe 30 bison in one eyefull. Got a pretty good look at a lone wolf between Mammoth and Tower. By the time we got out towards the Lamar Valley it was starting to clear up… Continue

Added by CoolWorks® on April 9, 2007 at 6:41am — 1 Comment

October - A Change of Pace

Currently I'm Human Resources for Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson, WY. It's the first full-time, year round, 8-5, desk job I've ever had and I hate it. Don't get me wrong, I love the company and all the people I work with, but I've never sat behind a desk or worked those normal hours like most of the world and that's the part I'm not so in to.

So, I've decided to leave here in October and find something new. I'd REALLY like to spend a season…


Added by Ren on March 26, 2007 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

Sheep Mtn Lodge Owner Zack Steer Takes 3rd in 2007 Iditarod

Anjanette and Zack Steer own and operate Sheep Mountain Lodge, on the Glenn Highway in Alaska. We hear it's a great place to work.

Zack just took 3rd place in the Iditarod, getting it done in 9 days, 12 hours, 46 minutes and 47 seconds. We got a vicarious thrill out of tracking Zack on the web during the race - Cool… Continue

Added by CoolWorks® on March 25, 2007 at 3:33pm — No Comments

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Users must refrain from posting content that contains the following:

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Added by CoolWorks® on March 1, 2007 at 10:00am — No Comments

Part 3: McMurdo Bay - Ice Breaker& Scott's Cabin

While on

R&R the Swedish Ice breaker ship “ODEN” was in McMurdo Bay breaking ice for the cargo vessel to

bring our fall supplies. Our Swedish friend Sven who works for Ice Cube use to

work on board the ODEN too and was able to arrange a tour for us one afternoon…

beautiful ship! Here the ODEN is port at Scott’s Point.…


Added by Terry on February 20, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Part 2 - The Greenhouse, The Odds & the Royal Navy Expedition

This is the

growth camber, the lower racks are drawers, and they pull out when the sun lamps

are on and pushed back so you can walk through the


Below facing is Hedi our station P.A. physician’s…


Added by Terry on February 5, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Last Plane from the South Pole Feb 24th then nothing til Oct or Nov!

February 4th 2007


February 24th is the last plane out of here, and no mail in or out until October, now they are saying maybe November…


Added by Terry on February 4, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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