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So i'm sitting here this morning at my computer, drinking my cup of coffee, flipping through the channels to find something "decent" on tv on a saturday morning, trying to neglect the fact that today is Valentines Day and all the evil that comes along with it LOL.... and I had a "wow" moment.

I've spent the better part of the last 2-3 weeks chatting with many fellow coolworkers, in the MyCoolWorks chat room... we've been talking about where we are going to be working this summer, how many days left until we leave, who is having their first "seasonal" season, getting excited, talking about what to bring, what to leave how, how to get there, etc... Yall get the point.

I'm going to be spending the summer working for the Montana Conservation Corps ( www.mtcorps.org ) throughout Montana, Idaho, Wyoming (yellowstone, grand teton areas). Its going to be hard work... working 2 weeks in a row sometimes, camping with my group the whole time we are out there.. no showers, heavy duty body aches and muscle aches, sometimes back-breaking work all day. And i'm absolutely thrilled about it.

First and foremost, I wanted this job for what it will teach me: Conservation issues and how to solve them... working with a group of people all dedicated to one purpose... learning to live simply and without all the luxuries that we live with every day. Its only for 6 months, I can always go back to my TV, Internet, Queen size bed, and 30 minute showers. Secondly, I wanted this job for the scenery. People pay THOUSANDS of dollars to visit the area for a week... For those going to the Yellowstone area, we are getting PAID to live and work here. Not a bad deal in my opinion.

The other aspect to this job is the friendships and fun that have already formed in the coolworks chat room. While I will be working hard for days, weeks on end... I will also be playing hard too. I encourage all of you to do the same. Go hiking with a group of friends on your day off, drive and see the sights, the bears, the buffalo.. take pictures, for this is the ONLY way that others can even get a SLIGHT IDEA of why we do this. We are not crazy, we just see a different list of life's "importants".

I plan to live frugally, lose this "computer gut" that i've gotten over the last 2.5 years, work hard, play hard, live free. I plan to see everything, experience everything and live it all. Whether your 18, or 58... this summer will be the time of your life. And maybe next summer. And maybe the next summer after that or even a winter. Enjoy it. Go to bed when the sun goes down, and wake up with the sun rising.

I hope all of you get everything you want out of your jobs this summer. I look forward to meeting many of you, hiking a few trails on our days off... and maybe grabbing something to eat or a drink at night.

And remember - take pictures. Lets try to "wow" the people we know back home.

No need to reply, just wanted to blog for a minute :-)

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Comment by Alex on February 26, 2009 at 9:32pm
hey man great post. With myself starting my first ever seasonal job this summer in ak I have been having my share of doubts and anxieties, but I realize that most of it is just of being conditioned so long to the american lifestyle full of trivial things. I am looking forward to the new experience, and good luck on yours!
Comment by Shelby on February 16, 2009 at 2:20pm
I must say u have a grate perspective on it all as well as an awesome foresight... life is a moment in a vast multitude of things to do see and be a part of. Never give up a time to do any of it or all of it. This is but chance in one don’t slip on the ice before the feet get wet... I cant wait to see all that this adventure has for me I have been on a lot and this one is by far the one I have dreamed about for years and now will leave it all behind to see what this Grate Place They Call Yellowstone has for me. I can guess and imagine but still cant wait to live it breath it and touch it...I hope to make a lot of life long friends as well as see a few of you on this path in my life...look me up and share a day with me or just a moment in time but ya less just give it our best shot and see it to the end............hey if any one has yahoo I have that as well for chat and on it a lot
Comment by Carol on February 14, 2009 at 4:25pm
Jason, you da man. Thanks for putting into words what us "crazy" people are expecting from our adventure this summer. I look forward to walking to work, chilling after work, by the lake. I am bringing my garcia bear cannister, and a tent. Hope to check out some serious backcountry. And definitly take footage, and blog!
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