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Summer at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Greets to everyone from the general store at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon from where I am blogging this! After a negative experience last year with a seasonal employer, I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and got back in the saddle again, and have been serving since 5/15 here at the North Rim Lodge. There have been some rocky patches and some challenges, but overall this is proving to be a positive experience for me and I am glad that I am here. I have had the chance to get off the mountain and into St. George often to stock up on things, I have had the chance to experience Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT (free of charge, even, how's that for cool?), and I have had the chance to meet interesting people from all around the world. The weather is incredible up here at 8,200 ft. and I smile every time I check the weather report up here since I am from Phoenix and trust me, this is not a good time of the year to be here. I have seen bison THREE TIMES!!! and various other wildlife, and soon the summer rains should be starting for some really dramatic photo ops. The money I am making as a tipped employee is good - not as good as it would have been before the economy tanked, but given the givens, I am not complaining. I have a good roommate now and have met some interesting co-workers with a seasonal RV nomadic lifestyle I find intriguing. I have also learned I can pay all my bills online so I can keep up with my responsibilities in the real world....Just overall having a good season and trying to make lemonade when bad curves come my way.....And I will be posting pics, but later, as I think I left my camera cord to download with back in Phoenix when I was packing, that would be just like me LOL. Thanks for being here Coolworks, and I am looking forward to checking out the other entries today! North Rim Rob

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Comment by 40Rob on March 13, 2011 at 9:02pm
Jefferson, that's really cool!!! Glad you got the job. It really is beautiful up there, the Lodge is very historic and the view is unreal, in a good way.  The weather is very nice since the altitude is so high, and (most of) the employees are pretty cool has been my experience.  I am excited to come back this year as Scott Heckner (AGM) and Brittney Kelly (HR) have told me I can have the veranda five days a week!  You quite likely will like working with me as I like working the lunch and veranda shifts, two shifts that no one else really wants but that I can do quite well with, it's a really good niche for me and I am happy with it.  Trust me, when people hound you for dinner shifts you will be glad there is at least one person who won't do this to  We have a new GM who entered the scene mid season last year and who promised to make many changes, and I am  excited to see what the changes are!  There are a few other returnees to the bar and dining room and I can tell you they are all quality people.  What else? Anything you would like to know feel free to PM me, I can't tell you much about manager's stuff, but basic things I will be glad to fill you in on.  My experience with the North Rim is that it really is what you make it and what you put into it.....Let's all have a great season this year!
Comment by jefferson on March 13, 2011 at 5:27pm
Hey rob! I've been trying to surf this site on my phone looking for north rim employees and I think your the only one that I know for sure since we talked a couple months ago. as of right now i am taking the position as north rim lodge restaurant manager for this 2011 season and would like to find others who will be working with me. i had a great skype interview and convo with dan about what his ideals are for this season and i'm so ready and excited to get on board. write back when you can. thanks. jeff
Comment by jefferson on January 15, 2011 at 12:23am
Rob, your great! Thanks alot, i am in the process of trying to obtain a manager position in wyoming for the fact that i love the Tetons like no other place on earth but it my two options fall through i am going to see about the North Rim just cause i love the grand canyon! thanks for the info on the restaurant. I dont mind turn and burn too much, be a nice change from bartending. Ill be in touch!@ take care.
Comment by 40Rob on January 14, 2011 at 6:05pm
Jefferson, there is only one restaurant there at the North Rim, it is the North Rim Lodge restaurant. Dinner shift is quite nice and is fine dining like, but breakfast and lunch are turn and burn. There is a nice buffet there for breakfast that sells pretty well, bumps up your checks nicely and is very little work overall for you, and lunch is not too bad but can be slow when there are no tours in. Tours are great as they are autograt at 18% and at lunch they get the buffet so all you have to do is to get their drink, very easy. The restaurant really is not the bad though you will hear complaints about it here and they are not without merit, but.....All in all, it was not a bad experience, and I am grateful for the chance to go back this season. You can PM me if you like for any specific questions about policies, housing, whatever.....Rob
Comment by jefferson on January 13, 2011 at 9:33pm
what is the best restaurant to work at in terms of fine dining there?.. was thinking about heading to wyoming again in the summer but your blog has got me a little curious on the canyon.@ ! ive been there twice on a vacation but the south rim. whats the scoop on the north rim? glad you got a good roommate@ @! lol. hard to find sometimes! total agree about the rat race thing too. hope to hear from you soon.
Comment by Kathi on July 12, 2010 at 10:42pm
You could buy a card reader the next time you're in town at a Staples, Radio Shack, etc. They're cheap. Just take your camera in and they'll help you get the right one.
Thanks for the post. Sounds like a good summer so far for sure.

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