I just joined Coolworks and listened to the BlogTalkRadio episode from 1/25/2010. I heard you mention that your wife works at Roosevelt Lodge in YNP. What does she do there? I'll be there as F&B Manager for the 2010 summer season and could use any info offered. I immensely enjoy your site.
I launched Cool Works in 1995. I started working seasonally in Yellowstone in 1972 at age 19 so, yeah, I've been a Park Rat for a good while. I'm pretty pressed for time right now but the short answer on NOLS was that I loved the semester I took from them in '76, loved climbing Denali with them in '78 and loved working as an instructor for them from '79 to '81. Really gratifying work and the source of skills for a lifetime. I hear the dream still lives on with NOLS. Ask around, it's not hard to get info on them.
that's what I thought, and you've been around a while, at least since 1995, right? Had you been working in the park before you started CW
I guess I got a ways to go to get to know the "right People". But, you never know...
So, did you see anything unusual when you where a winterkeeper?
Also, not to be a bother, because I know this is your busy season.
I just found out about NOLS, and what an awesome experience that would be to attend, I just got the catalog in the mail, and I won't be going anytime soon, due to the cost, it's way above my budget, but I'd love to "go to class" there for about 4 years. That would be AWESOME!!
What was your experience like when you were a trainer, and did you yourself go through the class's?
Hahahahah thanks Bill that was spectacular. It was funny because my girl friend is from Marshall and we were on our way to the cities. I read the signs when we were passing through Darwin and I started to act like a dog needing to go out. I was like pull over, pull over now!
Thanks for your note, Bill. I discovered Cool Works too late to be involved this summer, but I will keep alert to see what comes up! As for interesting jobs, I sometimes think my entire life has been dedicated to being interesting at cocktail parties LOL!
You're absolutely welcome! The authenticity award is cool - and a little weird. We Cool Works Five get a lot of satisfaction out of doing this. We've been there and really enjoy trying to figure out how to use our work to help others get out there and expand their horizons. Keep telling your stories - they inspire others and they inspire us.
Congrats on the auhenticity award, Bill. I'm gonna echo Jason's thoughts and say kudos for a website that is not only helpful, but totally absorbing.
Lovin' the griz tracks at the webshack!
Thanks for all the hard work and entertainment.
Hey Bill, i'd like to congratulate you on being recognized with the Authenticity Award! You and the staff of coolworks have brought so much to the lives of many people. You have developed a community, a network of people who rely on each other for tips, information, and getting jobs. I, and i know many others, feel lucky to have found such a site, and will do anything to keep it the best site for seasonal work. Thanks again for everything that you and your staff do, and congratulations!
I was saying the same thing. I hope to get up there in the next few years to see the glaciers before they're gone. Maybe Ill come stop by and say "hi". And hey if you're ever around West Virginia, come on over to ACE Outdoor Adventure Center and Ill take you on a trip down the river! But thank you again for putting together this site and opening so many people's eyes to what else is out there.
I love writing about my experiences and I wll defenitly keep posting them here. So how long have you lived in Montana? Have you seen the glaciers lately? I heard that all the glaciers would be melted by 2022!
Thanks for the information about NOLS. I know it is spendy but I defenitly want to do it. I wanted to ask you if there was any way I could help out the website. Im extremely grateful to this site and everyone that has a part in it, for helping me find out about what I truly care for in life. I would love to help in any way possible and be a part in passing on the dream.
Hey Bill. I want to start off by saying that you have done an amzing job here! Im sure you here it all the time but it defenitly changed my life. I did a complete 180 with my whole life and since then Ive become an extremely happy person. I have been traveling for almost 4 years straight thanks to your site.
I found out about NOLS a few years ago and I've been thinking about it ever since. I was debating taking the course in New Zealand (I really want to take it but it is very expensive) I would greatly appretiate any insight you have about the NOLS courses. Thank you very much.
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