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     Hard to believe that it was six years ago that I stepped out on a limb and took a seasonal job never dreaming where it would lead me.  My dream as a youngster was to visit one of the National Parks and have a family vacation like what you saw on the TV.  Unfortunately, that was not to be with my mom.  She died before she ever got a chance to visit me when I lived in one too. During these past six years, I did manage to live in three National Parks and even did a stint on the Mississippi River on a steamboat, and have lived in two National Wildlife Refuges since.  Without that first step, I would still be sitting somewhere in San Antonio wondering why my life was so boring.

    It was well worth the effort of getting out of my comfort zone -  so what I'm saying here is - if you are questioning yourself whether or not you should do this - do it.  You only get one chance in life and when you come home with your photos, folks won't believe you when you tell them that a grizzly was grazing on grass in your front yard or that you ran into a moose in the dark.  Just don't go snipe hunting no matter what. 

    Have fun and I look forward to seeing what each of you write after the season is over.

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Comment by Leo Anderson on April 23, 2011 at 1:03am
I couldn't have said this better myself.....
Comment by janice ball on March 16, 2011 at 12:36pm
I love this, pretty much the same for me, I have always moved about finding jobs in my field, and hated the jobs.. I felt the need to wonder, a year a best at one job or another, always wanted to travel and work but not in the fiberglass field which i have done over 35yrs.. When I found Coolworks everyone gave me so much hope and I didn't feel as if I was some kind of misfit.. like I know some have thought of me when I just can't sit still. Last year was my first seasonal in Park, and very new experience, got little scared I wouldn't find a job after the season was over so I took another fiberglass job in home state. Well needless to say HATED it plus was laid off after only 3months,, wished I had stayed at Bryce but We live and we learn.. So learned alot and going to Mt Rushmore in April, and chomppin at the bit now can't wait to get going...Seasonal is the lifestyle I have always wanted, travel seeing the country while making a little money,,, what could be greater than that.. still get to come back see the family and hopefully find a winter job this time mabe Flordia for winter.. KEEP ON TRUCKIN'(that's what I drive)
Comment by Carol on March 16, 2011 at 12:15pm

Lived in two National Wildlife Reuges!

Ann, I need to hear more about that, please!

How hard to get a "job" or was it volunteer( not a problem as long as there is housing"

 

Please post more about that.

Nothing like the real thing, baby.

Comment by Casey Mc on March 15, 2011 at 8:30pm
Your words are very inspiring Ms. Ann. After all we must get it while we can!
Comment by Polident/Divet/Scarface on March 15, 2011 at 8:08am
Hello , I concur with your message . Personally my comfort zone has has always been the Boonies , BFE , anyplace not civilized . I have observed the same message on this site in several different blogs and discussions . The basic message seems to be : GET OUT AND LIVE . . . Now .
Snipe Hunting : WE OWN THE NIGHT !
Comment by aggie71 on March 15, 2011 at 4:12am
Couldn't agree more Ann .... I stayed home last summer ..... big mistake.   I had a lot more fun in Yellowstone!  This year I get to be a Park Ranger ..... WaaaaHooooo ..... I'm lovin this stuff :-)   Hope I meet lots of new friends in Mesa Verde, and just dreamin about what I'll do next!
Comment by Lisa Woirhaye on March 15, 2011 at 12:52am
Thank you for this...I have been questioning my decision ever since I even dreamed this up.  I can hardly wait for where this will lead me, and all that I will see and learn and all the people I will meet. Oh My Heck!  Thank You!

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