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A Great Start to a Great Summer

It has been an exciting couple of weeks here at Mesa Verde National Park.   My job at the visitors center is going well ..... I really enjoy helping folks get the most out of their time at the park.  Also my weekends have been busy.   A couple of weeks ago I took one of my new friends (Tom) on a day trip to Hovenweep National Monument.  Hovenweep is a collection of Pueblo villages around 1,000 years old.

Tom and I did the 2 mile loop hike adjacent to the Visitors…


Added by aggie71 on May 6, 2012 at 9:36am — 1 Comment

Leo's First Update from Skagway, Alaska!


Greetings everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your summer seasons; I know I am. In the short 4 days I have been in Alaska, I have been on two dog mushing trips, been on a ferry ride and seen humpback whales, dolphins and one killer whale, have moved into a great apartment with two roommates (both zipline guides as well) with a full kitchen and bathroom, have been exploring Juneau (2 days there), have been exploring Skagway (since Friday), been out hiking,…


Added by Leo Anderson on May 6, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Winter what is that

Wow I have not written a blog here in Ion's. Literally, guess I have been preoccupied... With a short update here on my whereabouts.  After my rather damp, yet filling summer last season in Whittier

Natives in Plaza Santa Fe New Mexico…


Added by Dawna Raven sky on April 11, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments


While I was sitting at the Phoenix airport for my flight to Alaska, I happened to watch quite a few different children use the escalators. It made me wonder..there were very young children who ran right to the escalator and jumped on it by themselves even though some adult was calling to them and telling them to wait. Obviously those kids were in a hurry to get somewhere and laughed all the way to the bottom of their escalator ride. For them it was exciting to be able to do something on…


Added by Sunni on April 7, 2012 at 9:29pm — 4 Comments

Any Ideas???

Hello all, 

I am looking to find some outdoorsy job starting somewhere around the end of September or October. The only issue is that i have a big  friendly black lab/ boxer mutt, and am wondering what kind of jobs would be pet friendly....Or maybe some cool volunteer jobs?  

Added by trevor miller on March 30, 2012 at 6:24pm — 1 Comment

Altitude, Activity, Alcohol, Size(?) and Seasonal Employee Retention--Draft

OK...I sometimes think a bit too much.

I have been working on this in my head for a couple of seasons.  Just have to get some of it down, it's getting to cluttered in there.  I would like some input and not all from personal experiences.  References to actual scientific and social scientific works would be nice too.  For or's just an intellectual exercise.

I have been at seasonal workplaces where the employee turnover rate during and between seasons is very…


Added by Keith Larson on March 26, 2012 at 12:04pm — 3 Comments

One Day....

There was one day that i was just like many of the younger crowd that i now read about on this site.Happy with their decisions in life.Happy to be part of something with a much bigger picture.Making a difference in their life and others...

One day i woke up and found that i had fallen into the pit of life...Go to work,have a family,raise a family,struggle along wondering if this is what its all about...repeat for about 20 years...Don't get me wrong,my life is good,i'm happy with it overall… Continue

Added by jeff on May 14, 2008 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

Consider Southwest Colorado!

Well here we are again.  That time of year when everyone is considering where they will go for their summer 2012 adventures.  I wanted to throw SW Colorado into the hat ... so to speak.  Some folks have the impression that this area is mainly a dry desert with tons of rattlesnakes.   Truth is it can be dry, and there are snakes around IF you go looking for them.   But there is also the lush, green San Juan National Forest, and dozens of National Parks and Monuments in the "four corner"…


Added by aggie71 on January 22, 2012 at 6:55am — 1 Comment

Driver/Guide Alaska Bound!

As a 55+ individual going back for a second season. I have one thing to say " Be careful what you wish for".

I have had a CDL for many years. In fact I was driving under the old Chauffer license before CDL. It was a long process. I applied in 09 for the 2010 season and was turned down. I traveled back to Alaska for a eight day venture. Arrived in Sept. and logged 1936 miles on a rental car in seven days.

Stopped at the lodge that turned me down the year before. Met with the…


Added by Jay "Hobo" Van Horn on January 22, 2012 at 4:48am — 5 Comments

Dream Job: Living "VS" Existing

A few years ago, I was working in the kitchen of the cafeteria here at GCSR. I would come in early and help the breakfast cook prep everything he needed for the day and do his back-up. And I did that on my own time...which means I went into the cafeteria a few hours early every morning WITHOUT getting paid. It was sooo early that no manager was around to stop me from working off-the-clock.

I had even written a blog on another site about it...stating that it didn't matter what your job…


Added by Sunni on November 10, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

For everything there is a season

Fall has begun its accent upon White River National Wildlife Refuge with the coloring of the leaves; hunters out and about with bows and arrows; the weather becoming more seasonable with lower temps and the smell of campfires.  Of course, there are those of you who are migrating away from your seasonal jobs to somewhere else and already dreaming of where you will go next year.  I hope all of you had a wonderfull season and I look forward to joining in the migration sometime in the…


Added by Ann Carr on October 4, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Planning for 2012

As of March 2012, I will have been at GCSR (Grand Canyon South Rim) for 5 years, which means I will get 3 weeks of paid vacation time. I guess it seems like I have been 'stuck in a rut' lately and its probably because of being in a place for so long; because hey let's face it...this is the longest I have stayed in 1 spot for a very very long time.

What's the difference between a grave & a rut? Nothing, just depends on how deep you dig the hole.

So anyways, I am hoping to… Continue

Added by Sunni on August 9, 2011 at 1:32am — 6 Comments

Luck is the Frosting On the Cake of Life

I believe in luck, but it ususally happens to those who already have a good thing going.

My life is like a cake I decided to bake. Lets see, we'll make it chocolate. Well, had that for awhile, Now I think I'll do carrot cake. I really like lemon,too,  maybe I'll do that later on.

Kinda trying different things out, and my luck has always been pretty fantastic. The icing on the cake I'm currently enjoying makes it so good.

If you aren't enjoying the cake you have, try a…


Added by Carol on July 31, 2011 at 5:48pm — 10 Comments

Great season so far!

Hey guy's!



I know I have not been on here in a bit, but that happens when the summer is in full swing. I hope all is well with everyone, Just wanted to post a link to a t.v. show that just filmed here and did a full spot on my lodge and a brief spot on my food! Well not really a lot of my food but some, We also just had the travel channel here.



I think I made the right choice this season.


Well here the link to the latest t.v.…


Added by Franklin on July 29, 2011 at 2:10am — 4 Comments

Ranger Rich Rants .... Volume 4

I been noticing lately just how many foriegn visitors make it a point to visit Mesa Verde!   It seems like 3/4 of the folks I speak with are from someplace else than America.   I am sorta relieved when someone walks up to me and can speak english fluently :-)   I hope this doesn't come across wrong .... I appreciate all these visitors from other lands, and I hope they have a great time at Mesa Verde.  It's just curious that more Americans haven't figured out what most Europeans and Asians seem… Continue

Added by aggie71 on July 22, 2011 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

The inner Beach Bum awakens

So the past couple weeks I have finally been making it to the water here in Cape Cod Massachusetts. It is WONDERFUL. The ocean is still frigid on the atlantic side, but the bay and ponds are now getting warm and I swam for a full hour around a giant Pond today in Harwich.


I have also managed to see several of the landmark lighthouses here while speeding around on my motorcycle, the only thing that keeps me sane while sitting in the terrible traffic the cape has. Some of those…


Added by Daniel Jacob Horn on July 7, 2011 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Awesome day off!!

Monday the 27th of June was one of the most awesome days ever!  My roommate and I got to go fishing with one of the vendors.  At first it started out with Nick from Tundra Tours picked us up at 5 am and we headed out to Birch Creek in Talkeetna.  After a bug filled, muddy two mile hike through the woods we came to the creek.  There was one guy there fishing from a boat.  We cast in and just basically learned what we needed to do.  After a few minutes, Nick said that guy has the best spot and…


Added by Patty Brown on July 1, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Just Otterly precious fantabulous

Wow we have been so blessed with incredible weather here in Whittier the last few days, unbelievable... hello I thought I was in Alaska and not California.. all kidding, what a blessing, as living in a Northern Temperate rainforest where it rains 80% of the time, the last few days have peaked @ around 70... pushing that a bit, beautiful blue skies with a few patchy clouds.. hey maybe I should be a weather right...



Added by Dawna Raven sky on June 25, 2011 at 4:57pm — 3 Comments

Ketchup on Waffles, Revisited

I wrote this about 2.5 years ago, I thought I'd just revisit it.  Mainly as a reminder to myself. Some edits have been made.

I have always seen the forum questions [and the even older bulletin board from years ago] about where the best and worse places to go. Lately, I've seen many taking the vague answers rather seriously. Maybe people always have and I'm just noticing it more.

There are a few responses that are more specific, but in general it's just a like or dislike. It…


Added by Keith Larson on June 23, 2011 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Cooking Outdoors

I love cooking outdoors!

I have a 75 year old cast iron bean pot, love frying chicken in it, as well as chili, soups, BBQ spaghetti, just to name a few.

Grilling is also a love of mine, Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, Pork Chops, even pizza has seen my grill!

I love camping out!

My favorite seasoning is my applewood smoked black pepper, smoked paprika, and…


Added by Ditesia Z. Johnson (TC) on June 1, 2011 at 9:46pm — No Comments

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