Hi Ann .... hope all is well with you! Thanks for thinking of me. I've had a wonderful time in Maine .... I can see the end of the road up here.....leaves are slowly turning. While I truly love it here, this is likely my first and last trip to Maine. Would love to be 18 again :)
Aloha Ann~ We love Maui and we loved the Keys, Shane worked at a marine research center there and I worked at the dolphin research center, now I'm at Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui, we will either be in Denali this May or the coast we aren't sure yet
Hi, Ann, Good to hear from you. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm enjoying checking out the jobs, seeing which ones I think might work for me, etc., but I've got to get my life in order -- animals and retirement money -- before I can light out for that kind of adventure. Plus, it gives me time to get my sedentary body beaten back into shape to enjoy a different lifestyle. The dreamin' keeps me going. Would love getting to know you and some of the other folks on here while I'm anticipating and laying the foundation. Keep me posted on your adventures -- It'll keep me going.
WOW!!! Good to hear from you Anne. What a creazy time it has been the last year. I am not volunteering at the Army Corps of Engineers lake this summer but an leaving 5/22 to go to Ca. to volunteer for a week at the USOpen Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach. Then in September will go to Goshen In for the Escapees event followed by a Escapee trip to New York City for a week to see the sites and to visit a son in Pa. Then it will be off to Utah to spend a month in Zion and Bryce Canyon taking pictures followed by a trip to Az. Thanks for contacting me. What have you been up to? Rick
Hi Ann .... Thanks for the friend invite! Wow .... just glanced at a few items on your page and I'll have to spend some time here. Looks like you have been busy in recent years pursuing all kinds of adventures! I'm envious :-) You mentioned GTLC in your note ... after I get Alaska out of my system (next summer) then GTLC is a likely target for summer, 2012. I just love the Grand Tetons .... one of my favorite areas in the lower USA and I can see myself spending a lot more time there. Hopefully we'll cross paths .... I would love to meet you in person!
I noticed that you've work many seasons at GTLC. I was curious how many hours people were required to work each week. I understand that it's minimum of 40, but was just curious if they gave two consecutive days off each week? Any help you might give would be greatly appreciated!
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner Ann - didn't get your message until today. Where were you in Glacier - you're photo does look so familiar. East or Lake McDonald? I was at the west entrance station most of the summer; worked for a small operation before that until I got hired by the NPS. If you worked at McDonald you had to come through my gate at some point. Been doing that every since although had to stay home in Florida in 2007. Someday I'll go back to Glacier but have other places I want to explore. Having said that may be going back to yellowstone (5th time) this year, since a new job for me may be available that I can't turn down. Time will tell!! Have a great new year. Where are you going from Tetons? Didn't you say you were leaving? Tina
Ann you sound like someone who enjoys life. i am 51 years old. a few years ago I wanted to try something diffrent and worked on a ranch in wy. I loved it. since that time I have not worked anywhere else, but....My boyfriend has family in Columbia falls, mt (gateway to glacier). We are living here now(with relative!! YUCK) But I am determined to do another adventure job. I am a experienced cook- thats all I have ever done. wish me luck
Dear Ann - I just located your blogs and they are interesting. Sorry to hear Vail is moving their accounting to headquarters. I worked in the Tetons in 1996 as Front Desk Manager, when it was not yet owned by Vail. Enjoyed it there, but housing was an issue. Since then I was in Glacier in 2000 (Fr. Desk Mgr for GPI), 2005 also (west entrance gate for NPS) and Yellowstone 1999,2002,2003 - Location Mgr. Love all of the area and the opportunities it gives me. Hope you find another "gig" that suits you. I am sure it is beautiful in the park this time of year, but Florida suits me more in the winter. Your picture is familiar. We probably crossed paths at some point.
Thank you Ann. I will do that one summer. I met a couple up at Mt. Rushmore that has a shuttle bus that they run in Jackson Hole and they wanted me to come work for them one season. One day I will get over there. But for now I head out today for Bouse, AZ for the winter. I will try and find some small job that will pay for my running around gas. It will be a new area for me and so there will be lots to poke my nose into.
Have a good day.
Yes, I do live here year round - but if you are interested in a full time job, there is one coming up as an Accounts Payable Supervisor (opposite of what I do), but enjoyable too. You would have to be able to work in a community type office and tune out everyone that comes through.
If you are only interested in a seasonal job and have vault experience, we are looking for someone to fill that position for the summer too... So JUMP! Don't let life pass you by.
The winters here are cold, snowy but bearable as long as you remember to get yourself up off the couch and go outside.... I think of the movie "Outside" everytime I say that... I'm learning to cross country ski and that has helped.. tried snoeshoeing last year and wound up in a snowbank with my bottom above the snow and my head down... lol.
As to questions, ask away - that is the only way you will get the answers that you need and want to know. I'm firstname.lastname@example.org off of here.
I did work at Glacier as the location accountant and there, I did alot of accounts payables and payroll reporting of hours to Beth as well as handling cash for all of the locations at East Glacier. It was a great first seasonal job and someday in the future, I hope to return and work at Lake McDonald but only if I have my own trailer/rig. Housing is just too tight there for me otherwise.
Thanks for replying to my note and questions about seasonal work. I am at a time in my life that I don't want to miss out on doing what I want (living in beatiful areas and spending time with outdoor activities) before my health restricts my moving around. The Grand Tetons is one of the areas that I am interested in living. Do you live there year round right now? If so, what are the winters like? Do you like working for the Grand Teton Lodge Company? You mentioned in another forum discussion that you were a location accountant at Glacier. That is probably the area closest to my previous work experience. Have you found that there are a number of such type of positions needed at the different national parks? So many questions! Sorry, didn't mean to overload with them.
I have been checking out Cool Works for some time now, but am now just connecting with others. I have read through many of the forum discussions, and I noticed on one that you said you left a good corporte position and started working in the parks. I have plans to take an early retirement from my position with a small midwest university and work in the parks and/or ranches. starting summer of 09. I guess right now I am trying to get feedback on how the transition works out. I don't think living a simplier lifestyle will be a problem, but am more interested in knowing how you stay connected to people as you move around and/or do people who are also doing seasonal work (olders and bolders) tend to connect with each other pretty easily. Also, I have looked at the idea of summer in the parks in northern states and then heading south for the winter. Is is pretty easy to find a winter job in the parks or at a ranch after a summer stint? I just don't know if I should be realistic and figure I may have to flip burgers over the winter. Would appreciate any feedback you have.