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Letters to Congress

I am beyond annoyed with our supposed representatives in D.C. They need to get to work- for we, the people. This is the letter I sent to both my Senators and my Congressman this morning. 

Dear Senator,

This whole sequestration matter is ridiculous. I am sure there are thousands of ways to cut the budget without affecting services to our veterans and certainly without delaying the opening of the summer season for our National…


Added by Melissa Whitener on March 5, 2013 at 7:08am — 4 Comments

Coldfoot Alaska

I'm still in the interview process, but have a final phone interview tomorrow with the fine people up at Coldfoot.  I've done some pretty intensive research about the place, working there, and all the likes, but I would love it if someone who has worked a summer up there could fill me in on what it's really like.  I am beyond excited, and keeping my fingers, toes, and eyes (lol) crossed for a job offer tomorrow. Anyone who hasn't…


Added by Suzanne Browne on February 19, 2013 at 2:28pm — 1 Comment

Summer work Quandary

I am wondering, at what point should I make a final selection about summer work? I have not received any papers in the mail to sign yet--but places keep calling asking about what I want to do for the summer...I don't want to lead anyone on but I also do not feel like getting left out in the rain if one or two places fall through. Any experiences? Advice? Opinions?

Added by Marshall Reid on January 25, 2013 at 8:52am — 3 Comments

Working Up At the Man Camp

Added by Carol on December 11, 2012 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

Long time gone - but back!

Well - I have been off the blog for a LONG time!!

I moved from Ketchikan to Kenai, Alaska. Got a job at the Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau as the assistant to the executive director. That was so fun, since the Kenai Visitors Center is not just an info spot but also the city museum, a meeting space and a gift shop. I learned so much more about tourism and the tourism industry at the job. I stayed there for 1.5 years then it was time to relocate again to Anchorage! To the "big…


Added by Laurie B on November 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Alaska Wildland Adventures Summer '12 Slideshow

Brooke put together a slideshow from collected photos from staff.

I'm planning on returning this summer.



Added by Keith Larson on November 19, 2012 at 3:19pm — No Comments

On the Move Again

Well I handed in my 2-week notice at work last night :) Manager was a bit surprised and co-workers are all asking "why???"

Not sure why everyone is so surprised cuz I have been searching for new jobs for months, so all this should not be new news to anyone...least not anyone who has heard me talk at work or seen my postings on facebook for the last few months.

I will be moving back to Kingman,AZ (3 hrs West of GCSR). This morning Anne, made a comment about Alaska turning me…


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Added by CoolWorks® on October 31, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Summer 2012 Wrap Up - Exceeded Expectations

Although I have 8 days remaining as "Ranger Rich" I figured now was as good a time as any to make this summer a wrap.  All my big adventures are now behind me - and what a summer it was :-)   Hovenweep, Moab UT, Canyon De Chelly w/ an Annular Eclipse, San Juans/Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Arches National Park,  Aztec Ruins and Chaco Canyon.  Plus a super fun meetup with Q and Oliver.  What a special time in my life!   I lost some heros too ... Neil Armstrong, Andy Williams ... I guess the…


Added by aggie71 on September 30, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Headed Home to Texas once again

In Jan 2005, I made a decision to step out with a wing and prayer and discover some of our national parks before I got to old. That first step led me to a job with Glacier National Park and six months of living pretty much on Going to the Sun Road. After that, I left for a another position at Big Bend National Park where I learned, you really can’t get to anywhere unless you drive 70 miles one way at 45 mph. And, if you drive a two wheel drive vehicle, it is probably a good idea if you do…


Added by Ann Carr on September 2, 2012 at 5:45pm — 3 Comments

Pet-Friendly Places?

Just curious, for everyone at various different locations, what are the best pet-friendly places to work and why? .... I'm debating on saving up so I can work next summer with perhaps a camp trailer so I can bring my dog along!

Added by Melissa Lansford on August 21, 2012 at 6:03pm — 2 Comments

A Day in the Life of Ranger Rich

In honor of Coolworks 24/7 on July 11, I carefully documented everything I did (and anything unusual) on Wednesday, July 11 :-)  So for all you CW fans wondering what a Park Ranger does each day ..... here ya go!  First off I got outa bed and made coffee (of course!)...

Then it was time for breakfast.  I normally have the days schedule in front of me just so I…


Added by aggie71 on July 13, 2012 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

A Day in the Life at Alaska Wildland Adventures

This summer I'm in Cooper Landing, Alaska.  I work as the Lead Breakfast Cook for Alaska Wildland Adventures (AWA).  My day starts at 1:40 am, it's now starting to get darker in the middle of the night so I need a flashlight in my tent cabin.  They are similar to the tent cabins that I have seen pictures of in Yosemite employee housing.  Outside, it's not astronomical twilight yet, so I can see clearly enough to get to the bathhouse first to clean up a bit before heading to the main lodge…


Added by Keith Larson on July 14, 2012 at 6:39am — 1 Comment

Yes I'm going home to GCSR

Now the first time I got a job  @ GCSR(Grand Canyon South Rim...for all you newbies) I had been living in a strangers house with no real job at all, in Tampa,FL. I had been bouncing around from place to place & state to state for awhile. Which was fine with me back then. I usually only stayed somewhere for 2-3 months at a time. Something always came up and I was forced to move on. But moving on so much had it's didn't collect alot of stuff and you never got to know…


Added by Sunni on June 16, 2012 at 2:55pm — 9 Comments

Bear Country

This picture was taken the 2nd time it came wandering through the property at Gwin's Lodge, since I have been here. It was just after lunch time. The bear came back a 3rd time in the same week, after dinner but unfortunately I did not have the camera with me. Actually a 'fish & game' officer was here then and shot rubber bullets at it.…


Added by Sunni on June 12, 2012 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

****HAUNTED PLACES****Has anyone ever worked or been to a HAUNTED PLACE?

Has anyone ever worked or been to a HAUNTED PLACE?

Added by Brooke Andersen on June 9, 2012 at 3:21pm — 33 Comments

My Trip to Mug House

Each year the Mesa Verde Institute offers special hikes to areas inside Mesa Verde National Park that are not generally available to the public.   Last year I was able to visit a cliff dwelling called Square Tower House and it was a real highlight of my 2011 summer.  This year I got another treat by going to a place called "Mug House".   The interesting name was coined when one of the early explorers found three puebloan mugs, connected by twine, inside the cliff dwelling.  He named the…


Added by aggie71 on June 8, 2012 at 7:56am — No Comments

A day for the Birds

Tonight after dinner I went down the road around the corner where the river comes right up to the road. Sat down on the guard-rail for awhile watching these birds "doing their thing".

I had already gotten some pictures of ducks, earlier in the…


Added by Sunni on June 2, 2012 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

Road Trippin' to Canyon de Chelly

Here's my next installment regarding the ongoing adventures of Ranger Rich :-)  Went on a road trip to Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Tsai in Navaho....or shey in English).  Some spanish guy spelled it c-h-e-l-l-y ..... go figure.   On my way there I passed real close to one of our most famous landmarks ... Shiprock.

Shiprock is actually the core of a small…


Added by aggie71 on May 27, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments

LIfe Happens

I've had alot of crazy stuff happen lately, among them a serious surgery which totally prevented me from taking my job in Yellowstone. HR understood completely, staying in touch with me as my doctors put me on 6 weeks medical leave, which includes no bending or twisting my back, and no lifting any weights over of 10 pounds. A gal can't cook under those restrictions. 

Serious Bummer!

I missed working preseason at Snowlodge, and now, I'll miss Lake Lodge, and I do mean miss.If…


Added by Carol on May 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — 14 Comments

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