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I've been here in Zion for 12 days now. On my two days off, I did several nice hikes and took some footage. A collection of these can be viewed on my channel at youtube. Angels Landing, which was about as hard as I was warned, Weeping Rock, Observation Point worth the climb of 2200 feet, and the three Emerald Pools. The Virgin River is the one constant in all these, a cold rushing river through the valley.

http://www.youtube.com/user/brawny03

Things are going good. Unlike Yellowstone, most of the people are here year round, or live in neighboring towns. There are some deer and wild turkeys, some squirrels and birds.

Although hired as a line cook, they put me in the EDR, not something I wanted, a disappointment for sure. Seasonal work is about flexibility, and you'll find great people and great sights to enjoy for awhile. That is one of the perks in seasonal work, it does end.

I think Yellowstone captured my heart last summer.

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Comment by jon youngblood on May 27, 2010 at 5:17pm
i meant zion, i was still thinking about leo when i replied
Comment by jon youngblood on May 27, 2010 at 5:15pm
yeah, jr high school. i don't know about bryce, but i do know that in stehekin that if you don't want to whole valley knowing anything, you had better keep it to yourself. i think i am the only person there that never gossiped and spread rumors. it was kinda tough bc everyone thought i was the one to talk to, but i hate that. anyway i hope things improve for you, but if they don't let me know and i will start poking the dolls with pins and hold candles to their feet
Comment by Carol on May 26, 2010 at 8:31pm
Little carrots on little sticks, we all know what that is about. Bottom line, I think maybe I'm burned out on f and b. Jon, I haven't seen that film yet, but it must be powerful. Every day brings a new twist. We shall see. Have there ever been greater rumor mills than a seasonal job encampment?
Comment by Leo Anderson on May 26, 2010 at 1:48pm
Hey Carol, I am glad to hear you are enjoying yourself.
Comment by jon youngblood on May 26, 2010 at 1:39pm
i am carol, i made voodoo dolls of the HR people and various kitchen managers at zion and been using my starring at goats mindpowers for you
Comment by Carol on May 25, 2010 at 9:42am
Well, last night they started training me on the line, so things are looking up. I do the whole EDR thing, then I go behind the line for over an hour for training. Hope this continues, and I can do full shifts there. You all must be sending good vibes my way. :)
Comment by 40Rob on May 24, 2010 at 9:00am
We lost four people here at the North Rim yesterday, it's starting already!!! rob
Comment by Carol on May 24, 2010 at 8:16am
Thanks Aggie, I've been doing alot of hiking every chance I get. Never know how long I'll be here. They've been dropping like flies! I think 9 people left/were fired for some reason or another sence I've been here, and its a small location, about as big as Lake Hotel itself (not even including the Lodge).
I took two hikers to a trailhead yesterday, and told them about the bison, snow,and other antics at Yellowstone, we were just laughing !

Its very fine having internet and being able to stay in touch. The desert is in bloom, and the people are coming.
Comment by aggie71 on May 24, 2010 at 6:36am
Thanks for the video Carol ... I enjoyed every second. Glad you hiked up those trails and took such great pics (now I don't have to!) I got worn out just looking at how steep those trails are. Makes my flat land bike riding sound like child's play. Sorry to hear about the last minute job switch. Seems like a lot of people are somewhat disappointed with their summer jobs after just a few days, but like you mention all seasonal jobs will be over at the end of the summer. It would be hard to top Yellowstone wherever you go.
Comment by Carol on May 23, 2010 at 5:13pm
I love that saying, Jon! Squeeze lemon juice in someone's eye. Made me laught out loud.

Well, it goes deeper. My little disappointment is nothing, really, cause they explain its still a line cook position.

You all who've been doing this way longer than me probably have stories that could rival steven kings.

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