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Why I Want to Go To Alaska

First off, I was going to title this blog "Why I want to Work in Alaska" however the more I thought about it I realized the working part is just a means to an end .... and the end is just getting to Alaska and spending 4 months there exploring, meeting new friends, drinking northern home brew, eating incredible seafood, and , yes, working. So here are my "ten" reasons for wanting to visit our northernmost state ...

1) The incredible scenary

2) The independent and resourceful…


Added by aggie71 on December 10, 2010 at 3:58am — 9 Comments

Counting My Blessings ...

Something happened to me this week that I thought I would share. During the Fall of 2009 and Spring of 2010 I was fortunate to sponsor a young man named James as he pursued the goal of becoming a Roman Catholic Christian. I spent many weeks with James as he absorbed the various ideas and beliefs of the Catholic faith, which included a 3 day retreat. Last Wednesday I learned that James had suffered a massive stroke in his brain. I went to visit him on Saturday and found my friend in a hospital… Continue

Added by aggie71 on November 29, 2010 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Great Advice I Chose to Ignore

As I sit here in Houston reading about everyone else's 2010 summer adventures and seeing you'alls great pictures and videos I am thinking back to when I was in my 20's with my whole life in front of me. I especially remember a young doctor advising me at the time to quit smoking, watch my weight, get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, and drink alcohol in moderation or not at all. Ha! What did he know? I was young, in great shape, enjoyed smoking, had a great job, a cute wife, loved an… Continue

Added by aggie71 on June 11, 2010 at 10:30am — 10 Comments

Yellowstone Wrap up - Oh the Memories!

Let me start off by saying .... Wow, what a fun summer that was! Now I feel not only "Older and Bolder" but also a bit wiser regarding seasonal employment in general, and Yellowstone in particular. I hope in this blog I can express at least some of that wisdom for the benefit of the reader.

Let's take it from the top ... trip preparation ...

* Definitely plan to bring a car. Yellowstone is just too big a place to attempt to hitchhike everywhere ya want to go. Also, other… Continue

Added by aggie71 on September 22, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Have I Died and Gone to Heaven?

I just had the most amazing Saturday of my life. Here's the story. It started off early Saturday morning as my hiking partner and I set off from Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. We drove an hour and a half to reach our trail head at the Yellowstone Picnic grounds (on the NE entrance road just over the bridge from Roosevelt Junction). After a tough up hill climb we reached the top of the canyon wall and continued along the trail towards Specimen Ridge. This is an amazing hike. You… Continue

Added by aggie71 on August 30, 2009 at 5:43am — 7 Comments

My Yellowstone Summer is slipping away

Only a few days left and my employment agreement will be fulfilled....I will have done my part and DNC theirs. What remains is all the memories of great times, high adventures, new friends, strange people and ideas, humorous moments, and all the many wonders that is Yellowstone. I will do a wrap up blog later, but for now I am just swimming in all the emotions that boil up at the end of a season in a place like this. I am ready to go home and see my wife, children, and grandchildren .... I have… Continue

Added by aggie71 on August 24, 2009 at 9:49am — 4 Comments

Just Crazy Scenic ...

Have you ever visited a place that just doesn't seem real it is so scenic? There is a place like this in Yellowstone that is visited by thousands every month. I am referring to Artist Point overlooking the Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Lower Falls. I mean come on folks ... this view just can't be real. The canyon walls are all different shades of tan and pink due to the thermal activity there over the last few thousand years. The Lower Falls are just magnificent as tons of water pour over… Continue

Added by aggie71 on July 30, 2009 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Why I Love the Grand Tetons

This past Saturday I finally got a chance to leave Yellowstone for a day and go see my favorite mountain range....the Grand Tetons. The way these mountains shoot straight to the sky above Jackson Hole is just stunning. I must have snapped 20-30 pictures during my brief tour....but I just couldn't help myself. Every time I looked at those mountains I noticed something new that I just had to capture with my camera. I took the scenic route through the park....the road that goes over Jackson Lake… Continue

Added by aggie71 on July 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment


I have been at Yellowstone now for a few weeks and that one question has been bugging me. Why do so many folks keep coming back here to work during the summer? I look around me at work and realize that the vast majority of people that I have met are "returnees"...some have worked here for over 10 years and expect to keep coming back. Now I know the $7.25/hour can't be the big draw. And the work itself is just like working in a store in a big city (i.e. nothing special). The food has been great,… Continue

Added by aggie71 on June 19, 2009 at 6:38am — 5 Comments

I can finally say I have been to Montana!

Today...for the very first time in my 59 year existance...I entered the State of Montana. The first few miles looked very much like northern Wyoming (fancy that) but then things began to change. The vistas became even bigger, and the mountains on the horizon slowly grew until they pierced the clouds and dominated the view. What a spectacle for someone who's home is on a coastal plain that is flatter than a pancake. As we drove up the valley along side the Yellowstone River every bend produced… Continue

Added by aggie71 on May 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Any place named Cheyenne has GOT to be in Wyoming

After another outstanding day of non-stop, mind bending driving I am settling my weary bones in Cheyenne. I can't believe I am actually in Wyoming! One clue might be the 45 deg temperature outside right now (yep, this Texas boy is freezing his tootoo off ALREADY and the temperature is dropping). When I get to Yellowstone I might just park myself on a stove for a while and thaw out. The upside is the two cases of beer in the back of the truck are getting nicely chilled :-) One of the real joys… Continue

Added by aggie71 on May 21, 2009 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Now I know why I have never been to Kansas

Let me start off by apologizing to all of you out there that just love Kansas. I am sure there has got to be a lot here to love....I just haven't found anything yet. I'm only planning on being here until mid-day tomorrow so maybe I'll stumble across something in this state that interests me....or not. I have decided that nearly every major road in Wichita is torn up. Its amazing that every exit I needed today was closed due to construction with no detour indicated (I guess out-of-towners just… Continue

Added by aggie71 on May 20, 2009 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Through the Looking Glass ...

I too am about to step through the looking glass into the world of seasonal summer employment so many before me. My visions of great summer adventures are tempered by a realization that I am going there to do a job, which at times may be difficult, and that when I do play there are animals in those woods that could trample me, or worse, eat me. I have tried my best to cover all the bases. If things go well then I have packed nearly every piece of gear or gadget I could possibly need… Continue

Added by aggie71 on May 19, 2009 at 6:11am — 2 Comments

Bringin Spring to Yellowstone

After seeing all the winter scenes from Wyoming and Montana this past week, I figured it was time to post some warm, high temperature Texas pics! Maybe when I head to Yellowstone on May 20 I can bring some Spring weather with me and thaw things out a bit up there. So checkout my latest photos and see what 92 deg F looks like. Hope these warm y'alls hearts.

Added by aggie71 on May 9, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Ode to the Next Generations

I have been reading a number of blog posts around CW lately and am fascinated by the poetry and raw idealism so many of our young members express in their writings here. I think young people that opt for seasonal jobs probably have a tendency to look at life and nature a little differently than the "average" person. They are people who see something special in a sunrise or sunset, a cool breeze, or a flower in bloom. I guess I had this same attitude and perceptions when I first left high… Continue

Added by aggie71 on April 30, 2009 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

Lots of Cool Opportunities after my layoff shock

I just can't believe how well things have worked out for me since being laid off on Feb 2, 2009! I had been doing the same job for nearly 30 years and suddenly it was over. My wife and I happen to have visited Yellowstone in September, 2008 and I had met some folks my same age working at the Lake Lodge there. One of them gave me a card regarding seasonal jobs - which I happened to stumble across just after my layoff. This led me to and the rest, as they say, is history. I have… Continue

Added by aggie71 on March 29, 2009 at 4:40am — 3 Comments

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