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Last year when my sons headed to Yellowstone to work for Xanterra, I knew that some how, some way, I would get there too. I've been a health care social worker for many years. I've burned the candle at both ends. As a matter of fact, my ends have met and the candle has fizzled out. So, when the stress level soars, it's time to get away to the great outdoors.

I'm 61 years old and I'm excited about cleaning rooms at the Old Faithful Inn. It will be a relief to do something physical and to actually have tasks to complete. Much of social work has no end or no results. For six months I won't have to put anyone in a nursing home or fill out endless paperwork. I'll also get to have an adventure with my family. I am so excited.

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I plan on talking to other older adults who have made the decision to leave it all behind for a few months. If you haven't decided to go this year, follow my blog and see if this could be just the change of scenery you need.

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Comment by Shaquette L. Williams on March 16, 2010 at 11:28pm
Hey Judy this is my 2nd year at OFI. I will be cooking again this year. Looking forward to meeting you around the park somewhere. I loved it there sure u will too. Pray you are not in Laurel dorm... most likely you will be in larkspur or bitter root. see ya there!!!!!
Comment by CHRISTINA on March 16, 2010 at 1:18pm
Best of luck to you Judy. I will be at Ystone too but on the Lake at Bridge Bay. If I'd gotten to you first I'd have recommended the Lake area, especially the hotel. They have a great mix but many older ladies to make friends with. But if your sons are at OFI that will be great for you. Remember to leave your thoughts of creature comforts back on your own doorstep; there are none in park housing, but the beauty of the park, the people you meet and everything that goes with it make up for what is lacking (most of the time).
Comment by aggie71 on March 16, 2010 at 5:52am
Make the most of it Judy ... I had my sabbatical last summer and had a really good time. I'll be anxious to read about your experiences this summer.

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