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August 2008 Blog Posts (13)

South Pole Farmer's Market Aug 31st


Life at South Pole is going well, with little over 10 weeks away from deploying>>>>. We are so excited to see light blue on the horizon which becomes further spread across the sky and brighter and each day getting closer to sunrise. The sun will be rising on Sept. 21.

Sorry that I haven’t been as consistent with writing this past season. Perhaps the novelty is wearing off to some degree, I suppose there are only so many ways and times I can write the sun… Continue

Added by Terry on August 31, 2008 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment


I have it bad this season. For those of you not in the seasonal world, yet, you still know what short-term-itis is, don't you? It would be that time after you or someone else has given their quit notice but still is working those last couple of weeks.

At least I recognize the symptoms in myself and can deal with them, hopefully, without anyone else seeing them. I've had a countdown calendar near my bed for a couple of weeks now. I know in my head by now, how many days before the end… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on August 28, 2008 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

Wintering in Antarctica / South Pole?

I passed up applying at Signal Mountain Lodge after finding out it's possible to apply for jobs in Antarctica! I was recently rejected by Raytheon Polar Services for a Sr. Computer Tech job at McMurdo Station in Antarctica for 2008-09. This was the only job posting I had any qualifications for (the rest were highly skilled trades or managers).

Rather than accept working in a cubicle for another year, I'm wondering how to get a job wintering at the South Pole? I think maybe I'm not… Continue

Added by DavidRei on August 22, 2008 at 1:12pm — 3 Comments

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 3)

I have been thinking about this addition to my blog for awhile. I usually would like to review the season immediately, but I wanted to give this one some time. I really enjoyed everything about the Kay El Bar Guest Ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona...but I still wanted to be able to give a fair appraisal.

There are several attributes that I could place in any category depending how I worded them. I decided to add them for example, I will talk… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on August 19, 2008 at 11:22am — No Comments

Yellowstone Rangers

I started Cool Workin' with a summer job in Yellowstone in 1972. My wife, Colette, started in 1974. We both worked for YPSS for our first jobs in the park. We hooked up out at Old Faithful in the winters of the late 70's and early 80's when I was a Winterkeeper at Old Faithful and she was a Ranger. Then I was a Winterkeeper at Lake and Colette worked construction through the winter. Along with work as a NOLS instructor and backcountry ranger work in… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on August 17, 2008 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

My life with

I had been cooking for more than 10 years when I first heard of people that would work seasonally. I was a sous chef at a local resort in Wisconsin and was training a cook for the summer. He told me about how he had worked at the Grand Canyon and at Yosemite National Parks, but that summer he had two sisters getting married and his grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary and decided to stay home for the summer.

A couple of years later in 1996, I was surfing the internet and came… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on August 14, 2008 at 12:48pm — 2 Comments

Seven Year Plan

Each season I try to narrow the choices and look at all the options. Every time I see more places that I would like to add to my list, but frankly, if I could go everywhere that is on that list right now, I’ll be working until I’m 90. Then on top of that, I have a tendency to want to return to most of the places that I have been. I also want to take a few seasons off to make some major me time.

So I have been thinking about this for a couple of months and have come up with a 7-year… Continue

Added by Keith Larson on August 13, 2008 at 6:58pm — 8 Comments

A New Engine for Cool Works

Cool Works Tech Wizard, Eric Lund, has been building a new foundation for Cool Works. You'll see some minor changes in the layout of our pages this week (pages will be sorted a-z and no longer grouped by regions), our Job Map will have some new bells and whistles - including Tags - and the stage will be set for additional updates that will give you more ways to shop and compare in the hunt for your next… Continue

Added by CoolWorks® on August 11, 2008 at 9:31am — No Comments

Heading to Nepal Again

It's that time of the year when I start to prepare for my annual journey to Nepal. I've made my plane reservations, hit the travel clinic to make sure my shots are up to date, and have sent word to the other side of the world. I will, once again, be posting updates about life over there.

I spend part of my time over there doing humanitarian work. Indigenous Lenses, my 501(c)3 non-profit organization is currently sponsoring the education of 9 girls, providing food and shelter for 4… Continue

Added by Sarah Sifers on August 5, 2008 at 7:32am — 1 Comment

First Annual South Pole Farmer's Market

The South Pole Greenhouse has proven to be a great provider for the winter crew. I hit a record of yield, 167 pounds for one week. A progress chart:

South Pole Food Growth Chamber Proudly Presents 2008 winter Annual Harvest

January February March April May June July August

93.73 204.23 40.6 145.1 306.8 345.6 401.35 123.78

I thought a Farmer’s Market would be a fun event, since it is… Continue

Added by Terry on August 5, 2008 at 7:26am — 1 Comment

Thinking about next summer

Haven't done anything like this in 30 years - do these places allow someone 50 to room in the employee qts or is it better to consider buying a small RV to work in the parks?

Added by John Anthony Murphy on August 2, 2008 at 12:05pm — 3 Comments

Cedar Point Amusement Park Employee Reunion - August 29th - September 1st.

If any of you have worked at Cedar Point at any point in the past, they are putting together a reunion to welcome everyone back to the park. It will be August 29th - September 1st. They will have special activities and a special admission price for us former employees.

More information can be found at .

CP Admissions: 2001 - 2003 (This was my first seasonal… Continue

Added by Jason S. on August 1, 2008 at 7:51pm — 3 Comments

Full Time at the South Rim anyone??

Looks like I may have an opportunity to be a trail guide (on "mule back") down the Bright Angel Trail! Wow! .... this is not a seasonal but a full time position. Looking for any insight/experiences/comments that you can share regarding full time work out there..... I would really appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you!

Added by Linda on August 1, 2008 at 10:16am — No Comments

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