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As a 55+ individual going back for a second season. I have one thing to say " Be careful what you wish for".
I have had a CDL for many years. In fact I was driving under the old Chauffer license before CDL. It was a long process. I applied in 09 for the 2010 season and was turned down. I traveled back to Alaska for a eight day venture. Arrived in Sept. and logged 1936 miles on a rental car in seven days.

Stopped at the lodge that turned me down the year before. Met with the transportation manager ( what started as a 15 minute visit ) turned into a 3 1/2 hour interview. The rest is history. I applied for the 2011 season and was hired. I was told the only reason I was even considered. I stopped on my own dime to look the place over.

It was a great learning experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything. One thing to keep in mind. In order to drive motorcoach for a private company in Alaska. You have to have two years of Alaska time min. The only way to obtain that is to drive for a cruise line. Such as HAP Alaska-Yukon.

Another thing to remember, you must be able to talk and give history, information about the area while driving. You are not given canned speeches. All your information must come from your own research. Also, there is the issue of luggage. As a driver/guide you must assist with luggage plus attend to your guests.

Many times going to the Anchorage Airport and waiting for several hours while different flights come in. I really believe in my heart of hearts. Individuals bring the whole house in one bag. When it requires two grown men to lift one bag in to the luggage bay. That is heavy... Plus, you must remember scales that are along the way. Normally, when their open you still have to pull down through and if they stop you, it is to check your documentation. However, they can if they want, make you go across the scales. I hope I am making a point. It can be a rewarding experience. Driver/Guides are paid better than most other positions. You have a LOT of responsibility and very long hours.

It does give you bragging rights when you return home. I have visited with individuals from all walks of life. Also, have made some great friends. Since I am in the winter of my youth, I feel my time left on this earth is limited. One should make the best of each and everyday. Yes, I spend my share of time on the couch. Also, it did take time to build up my TV remote thumb again.

I am looking forward to my next adventure. Driving to Bellingham WA and traveling on the ferry. Wish me luck..............

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Comment by GT MAC on February 22, 2012 at 10:27am

I can't believe that you actually stopped on site asking for a job driving. That's something I've never heard of before. Well it worked, so good for you.

Comment by Tommy on February 8, 2012 at 3:41pm

And another good thing about your last summer was.......ME!!! I can't wait for Season 2 of the Jay Van Horn show coming to you live curbside from MPL on an almost daily basis!!!!

Comment by Jay "Hobo" Van Horn on January 22, 2012 at 6:39am

I have a Honda CRV I will be taking. The total cost for the car and a two berth roomette from Bellingham, WA to Whittier Ak was 1403.00. I am too old for sleeping outside. It cuts around 2300 miles off by doing the ferry. I just didn't want to fight the snows in BC in April. I will be using their cafeteria. I may keep some things in the car. You are allowed to go to your car when in port. Or when they open it up for folks going to take care of animals. I look at it as a poor man's cruise.

Comment by Anneliese on January 22, 2012 at 5:44am

Thanks for sharing-good read!

Comment by aggie71 on January 22, 2012 at 4:55am

Hey....nice blog my friend (in fact, I sent you a friend request!)  You MUST tell me how the ferry thing works out for you, as I plan to do this next summer.   Are you getting a berth or sleeping outside on the deck?   How about food ..... using their cafeteria or bringing your own?   Do you think the cost is worth it compared with driving through Canada?

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