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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Q' (19)

Q's Visit to Glacier National Park - July 2013

My husband and I honeymooned in Glacier National Park in July and had a wonderful time.  I didn't organize any events - you'll have to forgive me - but I did meet some Cool Workers and really hope to visit the park again soon.  It's a spectacular place.…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on September 23, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Cool Works Denali Meetup 2013 - Part Four - MPL to Anchorage

I woke up at MPL to a sunny day and lovely views of The Great One.  Again, this place has the BEST views of Denali.  It helps that they're only 40 miles away from it.

I got to see more My CW characters including Warren, who drives the property shuttle and loves it. :)…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 9, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Cool Works Denali Meetup 2013 - Part Three - MPL and Talkeetna

We had a such a great time on the Eielson Visitor Center tour, but it was a long day so we took it easy that night.  Besides Aggie had to work in the morning.…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 8, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cool Works Denali Meetup 2013 - Part One

After a fun and exhausting week of being a Company Advisor at Alaska Business Week in Fairbanks, I took the Alaska Railroad down to Denali National Park where Aggie71 was waiting for me at the train station.

My group - Company E…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on June 21, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Yosemite National Park - Q's Road Trip 2012

Our visit into Yosemite National Park was brief.  So too, was my last visit in 2008.  I swear I'll do this park justice someday.

We camped at June Lake and then drove into Lee Vining, CA for some breakfast and a quick peek at Mono Lake which also is in this area.…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on October 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Zion National Park, UT to June Lake, CA - Q's Road Trip 2012

After our morning swim and coffee at Lake Powell, we hit the road again for a long day of driving.  This day's goal was June Lake, California.  Yes, some may think we're crazy, but we had places to be. ;-) 

Here are some samples of what we saw along the way.…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on September 28, 2012 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Lake Powell - Wahweap - Q's Road Trip 2012

After we left Antelope Canyon, we drove the short distance over to Lake Powell, and more specifically, Wahweap Marina.  ARAMARK is the concessionaire here and employs a large number of people to operate their hotel, their campground, their boat rental and maintenance operations, their lake tours, and food and…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on September 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Antelope Canyon - Q's Road Trip 2012

I looked into visiting this slot canyon based on a photograph I saw on Facebook taken by My CoolWorks member, Keith Larson.  I'm so glad I saw that photo and we did this tour.  Antelope Canyon is located outside of Page, Arizona and is managed by the Navajo Nation.  We took the Antelope…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on September 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Mesa Verde / Four Corners - Q's Road Trip - Part Four

We left Mesa Verde National Park on Thursday, August 9th after a quick stop in the Far View Visitor Center to see Ranger Rich.  If you want to see this cool / 1960s visitor center, get there soon.  A new visitor center is being built right now and will open this fall.…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Yellowstone and Grand Teton Meetups

I'll definitely add more photographs later of Jellystone and Grand Tetons, but I did want to share photos of the long time Cool Workers I met finally.

Reggie and Kari outside the Mammoth EDR (Xanterra)

Kari and Brenda at Jackson…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 21, 2012 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

Mesa Verde - Cool Works Meetup - Part Three

After our Balcony House tour and subsequent chill out time, we then went down the mesa to the ARAMARK compound near the entrance to the park.  ARAMARK operates the food and lodging concessions in Mesa Verde National Park.  They have about 225 staff members who do jobs from barista, server, cooks, and gift shop staff, to front desk, housekeeping at the…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Mesa Verde - Cool Works Meetup - Part Two

After we walked the Petroglyph Trail and had some lunch at the cafeteria, we drove over to the Cliff Palace Viewpoint and then did the Balcony House tour. 

Cliff Palace…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 20, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Mesa Verde - Cool Works Meetup - Part One

I've been home for two days after a wonderful, but whirlwind, road trip with my boyfriend throughout the west.  I'll certainly share more of my photographs once I get them processed, but I thought I'd start with some posts about my visit to see Ranger Rich / Aggie and the ARAMARK staff at Mesa Verde National Park.  We had an awesome…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on August 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Q's Road Trip 2012

It's fun to scheme and dream. The map below shows the route my boyfriend and I will take for a road this August including a visit to the Cool Works Web Shack, a drive through Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, a Cool Works Meetup at Mesa Verde National Park with Aggie, Lake Powell (Wahweap) / Antelope Canyon, Zion, Mono Lake, Yosemite National Park, and finishing in the Bay Area for a wedding before the long drive north back to Bellingham.  I hope to see some Cool Workers along the…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on June 19, 2012 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

Q's Visit to Death Valley National Park - January 2012 - Part Two - Stovepipe Wells

Death Valley National Park

After we finished the Scotty's Castle tour, and got some goodies at the visitor center and begun our descent down the valley towards Stovepipe Wells.  This is really where you get the full sense of the valley with the two mountain ranges on the east and west sides.…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on January 13, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Q's Visit to Valley of Fire State Park - January 2012

Valley of Fire State Park

It's Nevada's first state park which was dedicated in 1935 and it became a National Natural Landmark under the NPS in 1968.  It covers an area of 34,880 acres and is located 50 miles northwest of Las Vegas.  It's an easy day trip.  I would recommend bringing a picnic and…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on January 11, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Q's Visit to Las Vegas - January 2012

Some time in December, I was researching travel deals to Las Vegas and got a flight / hotel combination including round-trip airfare directly from Bellingham that my boyfriend and I couldn't refuse.  Having been to Las Vegas before, I know that it's a fun town with lots of great entertainment, but gambling is not my thing.  So, we opted to balance our time staying in the city at night and getting out to the wilderness during the day. 

Here's our quick itinerary:

  • January 1…

Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on January 10, 2012 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Camping in North Cascade National Park

I just celebrated another birthday. Yay me. And, rather than a big party in the city, I went camping with O at Mineral Park Campground up Cascade River Road. It was perfect. Here are a few of my favorite…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on September 19, 2011 at 9:50am — 7 Comments

Q Visits Sol Duc in the Olympic National Park

Last week, a cousin of mine from Germany was visiting and one of her sightseeing requests was to see the ocean again.  The Pacific, that is.  So, we hopped in the Mini and hit the road and ventured out to the Olympic Peninsula.  Here's a summary of our day with some pics.  We lucked out on the weather, and frankly, the roads on the O.P. suit a Mini just fine. :)

Edmonds Ferry…


Added by Kari Quaas (Q) on June 23, 2011 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

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