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May 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Is Whittier Prettier or Shi.......ttier.????

Well back with Ciri Alaska Tourism for my second season in a row, first time in my seasonal career I have repeated with the same company.  Last summer I spent a rainy, yet enjoyable summer in Seward with KFT, so this year I braved it, took my chances and switched to our other location in beautiful???? funkadelic Whittier Alaska.  Needless to say the quote be careful…


Added by Dawna Raven sky on May 29, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Alaska 2011 continued

Well, it has been an unusually warm summer so far, but hopefully today the cooler weather will return!  Actually been up into the 80's.  But the mountain has been out almost non stop and the guests have been so pleased and having the trip of their lives. 

I am loving my job and this department!  We started the training with a train trip to Denali Lodge and a dinner theater treat (Broadway talent), a flight trip over the mountain, a raft float down the river, a coach ride to Whittier…


Added by Patty Brown on May 28, 2011 at 11:46am — No Comments

Ranger Rich Rants ... Volume 2 sort of

I'm headed into week 3 at Mesa Verde and I am still loving this job!   Sure, I've explained how to get to Cliff Palace about 1,000 times and will surely do this 100,000 times more ... but I honestly try to let the visitor think this was the first time I explained it :-)   I have met a really nice guy and co-worker Franz who seems to have a "mini-me" persona about him.  He's something like 5-6 years younger than me but we have very similar histories and likes/dislikes.  He's my perfect hiking…


Added by aggie71 on May 22, 2011 at 7:37pm — 7 Comments

Traveler Ratings   Charles Labanowski, NetherlandsMay 6/11 George is a very informative tour guide, and going with him was a great way to efficienctly see everything I wanted to see in a managabl…

Traveler Ratings


Charles Labanowski, Netherlands

May 6/11
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George is a very informative tour guide, and going with him…

Added by George Habib on May 21, 2011 at 1:24am — No Comments

and it keeps getting better.

The court ordered that the baby will have to go to her mothers 2 months this summer and then we found out that the company that i work for will not hire Jerry for some ungodly reason idk what to say.  I cant work here either.  Any suggestions?

Added by Janette Horton Ross on May 19, 2011 at 5:54pm — 3 Comments

Would like to say hello.....also seeking information...

Hello, My name is Lisa and I want to say that I am happy to be a new member of CoolWorks. I also want to share with you the reason I chose to join you. Would love to make new friends to share information with and receive some as well from new and seasoned RV'ers. My husband, Ray, and I have long had a dream of traveling by RV across the U.S., but because of having to work to make ends meet have been unable to do so. Our daughter and only child will soon be married, so we are hoping to be…


Added by Lisa on May 17, 2011 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment


HaHa, everything in my life went to hell the other day. I sold everything  except my motor home ( i can't afford the 8 mpg),  so i parked it at my sis's farm and am now on my way to Montana.. Cooks can easily find work there at this time of the year. All is well. So if anyone is heading that way now and needs a ride. just yell. I'm in Madison for the nite,then I'm going to a friends up by Fargo tomorrow, then across to where I guess I belong. cya in the funnies...

p.s. I have a pickup…


Added by ken horner on May 16, 2011 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

Here I come!!

Leave Tuesday for Glacier Park Lodge!! This will be my first seasonal job and looking forward to it!!!

Added by David Brown on May 15, 2011 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment


  The pass from A;pine Junction to Hoback junction is closed for god knows how long so that means that we have to go up into teton pass to get into Jackson so i can enter the park through the south entrance.  Jerry applied with xanterra.  Mugs is going to spend time with her mom this summer.  The weather is really weird here like dark.  jim Cantore from the weather channel is going to start his storm chase… Continue

Added by Janette Horton Ross on May 15, 2011 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Settling In is not for Wimps

I arrived at Jackson Lake Lodge last evening, after 5 days on the road (visiting family, driving 2100 miles) and sort of feel wind blown.

Everyone is fantastic, the views are fabulous, and I have my roomie, Terry, introducing me to all the friends. I hope to remember as many names as possible.


Just a lot to remember, the maze from EDR to uniform department, the orientation check in, etc. The walk from dorms to Main building. It will look different once all the snow…


Added by Carol on May 14, 2011 at 10:43am — 13 Comments

promoted already

  Finally got 2 days off but we are seriously understaffed. Our dining room should have 32 but we have 18 on staff and had 12 at shakedown, we did really well with the staff and training that we had.  I love the old faithful lodge and the cafeteria.  I went from the kitchen to the cashier position in the cafeteria.  I am in Obsidian dorm and no roomie yet.  Yeah!  These are my first days off and they are… Continue

Added by Janette Horton Ross on May 14, 2011 at 8:26am — 5 Comments

I am an English speaking tour guide and Egyptology.I was born and raised in Luxor,Egypt and I am passionate about sharing my hometown with visitors.I work primarily in Luxor and Upper Egypt,but I als…

I am an English speaking tour guide and Egyptology.I was born and raised in Luxor,Egypt and I am passionate about sharing my hometown with visitors.I work primarily in Luxor and Upper Egypt,but I also travel throughout Egypt.I believe that the best sites in Egypt are right here in Luxor,and love to share the history and culture of my country.I have worked for many international tour companies.I am a licensed tour guide and I enjoy working as a tour guide.I enjoy meeting new people but also it… Continue

Added by George Habib on May 14, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Now THAT was Cool!

On my second day as a Park Ranger I had the thrill of my life!  :-)   I had the cutest oriental girl walk up to the counter and ask me politely for my autograph!  WOW!  My autograph!  I couldn't hardly believe it.  But it was really great.   I know I talk a lot on this web site, and have somewhat of a "reputation" .... however this is the first time in my life that anyone, anywhere has asked me for my autograph.   Like I've mentioned before ... I am sure this job will get routine and boring in… Continue

Added by aggie71 on May 13, 2011 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

I am looking for some Leads

I am currently looking for some help from the coolworks community. I am seeking to relocate out of Michigan due to the struggling economy. My family and I would ideally want a position where we can live and work in a peaceful setting. Our family consists of myself(37), my wife Jennifer(40) and my daughter Elizabeth(15) and we have 3 dogs that would be with us, Baby(9), Shelby(8), and Maska(1) and our 2 small cats Baxter and Dexter(2). They are all very well behaved and nice. I have a degree…


Added by David R. Stiles on May 11, 2011 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

I was born to be a Ranger!

I just finished my first day in uniform and boy ... it felt GREAT!  I loved the interaction with the public, and did OK learning all  the admin stuff surrounding my job.  I still have a lot to learn, of course, and a lot to remember :-) but over time I hope I keep improving.   I was fortunate to have some great coaches and teachers today .... fellow Rangers that have been here before ... some of them nearly 20 years!   I also had the benefit of working with one of our "Interpretive Rangers"…


Added by aggie71 on May 10, 2011 at 7:20pm — 2 Comments

first day of training

  made it through the first day of training.  I am not in the kitchen but doing something out on the floor, not sure what that is yet.  the coolwrokers here are awesome.  I am trying to post pics of the dorm here but the computer is iffy here. the cell phone has good reception tho so i think i will try that. I have to be to work by 8 in the morning so i am going to sign off.

Added by Janette Horton Ross on May 8, 2011 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Hey Anyone out there? Looking for a seasonal position!!



FYI...Hey World- Looking for a seasonal position in a nice warm/cool environment. Loooking for training if Management internship or Desk work, just to get started again,decent pay, and great if I could bring my 3 cats and dog with me but who knows???? If you should know of such a place where I can get away for awhile, please feel free to email me at or refer an HR individual to me at 239-222-1078. Hope…


Added by Rebecca Rodriguez Nugent on May 8, 2011 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Made it to Alaska

Well, made it finally!  Long day that started at 7 am in GA.  Three long plane flights that were pretty ordinary.  Didn't sleep much but enjoyed watching other people sleep and one who was a real bobble head.  Thought she would break her neck and thought about offering her my pillow.  But then thought, she's young and can carry her own pillow! 

Arrived in Anchorage to - surprise - rain!!  Found my luggage, that someone else thought was theirs so had to set them straight.  Got a cab…


Added by Patty Brown on May 8, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

finally made it exhausted

  I finally made it through check in and got my room, no room mate yet but I will post pics when I get them off my phone.  Ate in the EDR tonight which was really good. It isent gourmet but it is good.  I dont have a room mate yet and my first meeting is in the morning at 8:30am.  The walk to the lodge isent to bad, im in Obsidian dorm.  The house guy is really nice and helpful.  Our uniforms are something… Continue

Added by Janette Horton Ross on May 7, 2011 at 6:18pm — No Comments

made it

made it here around 6am. Rained from almost to west yellowstone then stopped by the time we got to mammoth. Not as cold down here as it is up in the park. There is a couple of cool housed right by human resources. Think I got about zr hours of bobble head sleep on the way over.

Added by Janette Horton Ross on May 7, 2011 at 5:53am — No Comments

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