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Living The Dream

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 reviews at amazon, too, if you're so inclined.

Many thanks to Coolworks, who I…


Added by Carol on September 2, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Alyeska Update

Well, we've just been notified of two things. Number one, our housing ( no food program except 20% discount at restaurants on location) went up by 59 bucks a month. So, for a room in a four-plex its now going to be $579 per month. as of January. Then, they've cut back our hours, hoping for snow or else its going to be real lean. Even our pastry shop is going to be closed at least one day a week.

I'm kinda looking around for other options.

Anyone thinking of applying for work…


Added by Carol on November 15, 2013 at 8:27pm — 3 Comments

Working Up At the Man Camp

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

Chompin' At the Bit!

My doctor gave me a full clearance and I can't wait to work again. You seasonal people know how it is, the lure of working in beautiful places with people of like minds.

I hope to be back in Yellowstone soon, just need the Paper. Like Ron, I ask everyone to cross your fingers for me, hoping to be back in the Park soon, the season is slipping away, seems like.

Ok, friends, that's my post, hope to have great news this week.



Added by Carol on June 24, 2012 at 8:57pm — 8 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

Your Personal Chef Does It All

I went to a Halloween Party on Saturday night. I just went as myself. Well, I did pad the resume', a Personal Chef.


Hope you all have a great night. See ya round the kichen, bring knives and salsa!

Added by Carol on October 31, 2011 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Alaska Ideas Wanted

I'm currently writing a novel, the first book in a trilogy is already published over at Kindle. Its fun, and I'm having a great summer. A friend told me about this when I worked in the Grand Tetons last May. I've already uploaded my other books and made money.


But, I'm thinking about Alaska now. I think its all Aggies fault.


I know several who are having a blast in Alaska, Anne, are you out there? My main question is housing. Found out I am a very light…


Added by Carol on August 31, 2011 at 5:49am — 16 Comments

Luck is the Frosting On the Cake of Life

I believe in luck, but it ususally happens to those who already have a good thing going.

My life is like a cake I decided to bake. Lets see, we'll make it chocolate. Well, had that for awhile, Now I think I'll do carrot cake. I really like lemon,too,  maybe I'll do that later on.

Kinda trying different things out, and my luck has always been pretty fantastic. The icing on the cake I'm currently enjoying makes it so good.

If you aren't enjoying the cake you have, try a…


Added by Carol on July 31, 2011 at 5:48pm — 10 Comments

Settling In is not for Wimps

I arrived at Jackson Lake Lodge last evening, after 5 days on the road (visiting family, driving 2100 miles) and sort of feel wind blown.

Everyone is fantastic, the views are fabulous, and I have my roomie, Terry, introducing me to all the friends. I hope to remember as many names as possible.


Just a lot to remember, the maze from EDR to uniform department, the orientation check in, etc. The walk from dorms to Main building. It will look different once all the snow…


Added by Carol on May 14, 2011 at 10:43am — 13 Comments

On The Road Again

I'm heading out next Monday, so this week is all about last minute:
last load of laundry, last town day, last packing, last kisses.

A bunch of us leave behind dear ones, staying in touch via phone and internet. Snail mail is so passe'.

Looking forward to meeting a ton of friends, and baking a bunch of goodies at Jackson Lake Lodge.

Stay safe all you friends out there, driving to work, two thousand miles all at once. :D

See you soon, Terry!

Added by Carol on May 2, 2011 at 10:43am — 8 Comments

A Gal's Gotta Have Some Fun


While waiting for the season to begin, I went into the woods for a little fun.


5 Weeks and counting!


Hello to all my Cool Buddies who are already in route, or on site, or counting down days as well.



Added by Carol on April 1, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Advice Needed!

I'm not looking forward to the drive out west. Seems like driving back from Zion last year, visiting and helping with family emergencies, just sorta did me in.


Looking at flights from here to Jackson, it would cost about the same as driving. Plus, I would be there same day, just after lunch, instead of 2.5 days on the road.


But, still, having my own car is sweet. I can get by on few clothes, thats not an issue.


Advice needed!

Added by Carol on March 18, 2011 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

Women Who Run With the Wolves-in Cool Places

Preparing for the season, we find ourselves packing up. Not stuff, I mean kindred spirits.

We know the sound of our pack when we hear it,  listening for that certain sound, a recognizable wildness and independence.

I'd rather take some chances living on the edge, running wild in cool places than den up safely in a cage while my paws turn grey.


We've learned to watch for bait,  usually there's a trap hidden under it.

Wolves may wander alone, but they have…


Added by Carol on February 15, 2011 at 9:21am — 12 Comments

The Casting of Nets

We cast our our nets via applications to a multitude of places. Sometimes even places that don't sound that appealing, just to get an offer, any offer!

Notebook in hand, we record the day, place, perks, location, any other notes that may help in making a decision or aiding the interview.


Then, all the employers cast a net:  listing perks, offering enticements to get the best on board for the summer, the net stays out there long enough to fill the ranks, and then some.…


Added by Carol on January 25, 2011 at 9:55am — 11 Comments

Discovery is the Spice of Life

They say its variety, but I've found its all about the new. The adventure.

I get tired of just switching it up, tonight pizza, tomorrow, roast beef.

How about some serious Discovery? Drive to a new place, eat food you've never even heard of?

Same goes for the work site, job discription, friends and fauna.

Its a delight to explore, to learn something new. New.

Discovery. Adventure. Its addictive.

Added by Carol on December 27, 2010 at 6:00pm — 11 Comments

Cool Works 7-11 Event Post - Zion National Park

I woke this morning at 8:00. Too Early! I went back to sleep until 9:30. One thing I love about Line Cooking here in Zion is no alarm clocks.

I don't have to be to work until 1 p.m, so I fill my morning with instant coffee in my room, two pieces of fruit we're allowed to take from the EDR each evening, and internet surfing. I also have a book I'm reading.

At 12 noon, I get into my uniform and walk to…


Added by Carol on July 11, 2010 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

June in Zion

Things are going good here, the air conditioning is working wonderfully.

Its supposed to be 101 on Sunday.

Its all about getting out in the morning, or later in the evening. The Virgin River still feels cold.

I've been making short videos for youtube, posting on my

Brawnyview Blogg,

and just learning about One Day At a Time. ODAT. I think that must be the seasonal…


Added by Carol on June 3, 2010 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

Update from Zion

I've been here in Zion for 12 days now. On my two days off, I did several nice hikes and took some footage. A collection of these can be viewed on my channel at youtube. Angels Landing, which was about as hard as I was warned, Weeping Rock, Observation Point worth the climb of 2200 feet, and the three Emerald Pools. The Virgin River is the one constant in all these, a cold rushing river through the valley.…


Added by Carol on May 22, 2010 at 1:30am — 11 Comments

Its Snowing In Zion!

Its snowing.

Its even accumulating.

When they say bring warm clothing, and rain gear for the desert, they mean it.

Added by Carol on May 11, 2010 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

There Aughtta be a Law.

I made some good miles today, in spite of the wind in Kansas,and the $2.50 toll for the privilage of driving on I-70 for 50 miles between Kansas City and Topeka.

But thats not my gripe.

All these religious billboards along the highway,

some saying



"What will you say when you meet Him?"

I mean, it was so windy in Kansas, passing the Invader MotorHome pulling a Hummer, I think…


Added by Carol on May 7, 2010 at 5:41pm — 6 Comments

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