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Greg Seats in China - Email # 3

Another note from halfway around the world:

Greetings, all.

Still alive and well in Gongqin, China. Recovering from a nose-throat-chest congestion thingy. I'd planned to wait it out, but allowed two students to steer me into a nearby clinic. A quick check by the doctor, three medications prescribed, and $5 later I was on my way. While China has a long tradition of natural healing therapies, it is also fully on board the western pharmaceutical train. Due to the…

Added by Bill Berg on October 25, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Greg Seats in China - Email # 2

Hi, all!

Just sitting here munching on a bag of sweet and sour fish soup potato chips. Oh yes, Asia has the wildest flavored potato chips on the market. Nothing so mundane as barbeque or sour cream with onions.

Students cooking dinner in Greg's…


Added by Bill Berg on September 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Taking the Long Way Home - 230 miles through the Tetons & Yellowstone on a gorgeous fall day.

I had a meeting at the Murie Center, in Grand Teton National Park, on Friday and Saturday. That's a story in itself. What a historic location, a place with an amazing and important story. We spent some time in a cabin that has seen 5 US Presidents and many more movers and shakers. Olaus and Mardie Murie were among the first environmentalists - the force behind creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and much much more.

For the drive home I… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on September 20, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Greg Seats is Back in China

World Traveling Worker, deep thinker friend and all around good-guy Greg Seats is reverting to email to update friends. Blogging attempts through the years seem to have a way of getting blocked over there. I'll post his emails up here from time to time if you all are interested.

Letter One 1 - August 29, 2010

It is an amazing time we live in. One day I'm kicking back in Southern California, and the next I'm immersed in…

Added by Bill Berg on August 30, 2010 at 9:28am — No Comments

Springtime in Yellowstone: Sking, Climbing & Biking

My wife and I got married at the chapel at Mammoth Hot Springs, in Yellowstone, 28 years ago this week. We both got our seasonal start in Yellowstone in the 70's, pumping gas for YPSS.

We celebrated with dinner at the Mammoth Dining Room (where we had our reception 28 years ago) with our friends Dave and Nicholas on Friday night. That provided the fuel for the real celebration, when we got up at 4 and left Gardiner at 5 am yesterday to take a… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on May 16, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

April Showers in Yellowstone - Snow Showers

But summer IS coming. Welcome to Yellowstone you early season folk.

Find more photos like this on My… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on April 13, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

A Once a Year Opportunity - Spring Biking in Yellowstone

The snow plow crews begin peeling back the snow from Mammoth on the first Monday after the first Sunday in March every year. It takes weeks for them to get the park opened. But once the roads are in decent shape from Mammoth to West Yellowstone they will open them to bicycle traffic, on weekends, for a few weeks before the roads open to cars for the season. During the week there is a lot of maintenance and construction traffic out there as folks scurry around to get the park ready to open. But… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on March 29, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Zack Steer, Owner of Sheep Mtn Lodge, in the lead on the Yukon Quest

Zack was first into the Central checkpoint today. This 1,000 milesled dog race has just begun.

From the Fairbank's newspaper account of the start:

"Three minutes later, Zack Steer was the antithesis of West — the picture of calm as he waited to pose for a photo with his lead dogs, walked to his sled…

Added by Bill Berg on February 7, 2010 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Harold C. Berg ~ August 17, 1916 to October 31, 2009

The World lost a good man Saturday night but we had him for 93 good years.

Harold was born on the Berg farm west of Atwater Minnesota and left us a few hours ago, with Helen and Bill at his side, in Englewood Florida. He said the town doctor used to say that “if you live long enough something will kill you”. Even Harold couldn’t buck those odds but he loved life, he lived long and well, and he lives on in our hearts.

He experienced the joy of growing up in a… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on October 31, 2009 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

A Ruby Dazzler Weekend in Yellowstone

The weather is spectacular in Yellowstone and the locals are out taking advantage of it.

Great day with great friends in Yellowstone on Saturday.

BPC - Sept 26, 2009 at EveryTrail

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Then watched the first segment of Ken Burns National Parks documentary on the National Parks just a few yards from the… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on September 28, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Great Country, Great Friends & Dinner with a Nobel Prize Winner

Sitting in this ridiculously gorgeous lobby at Jackson Lake Lodge - the sun has faded and so, too, the peaks.

It was a very good day, full of the things that brought me back to this Yellowstone-Teton area to stay after misguided attempts, years ago, to find a real job.

Delivered a Cool Works sweatshirt to Scott at the Old Faithful Inn. Scott's background in the Marines… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on May 18, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Cycling Around the World - 6 Years, 50,000 Miles, 1 Year to Go...

A great Friday evening kicked off a fantastic weekend. A local tribe got together for an Indoor/Outdoor, Hello/Good-bye, Potluck Party for those Parkies that are leaving to go elsewhere for the summer and for those returning to Yellowstone for another season.

Nadine and Martin Surprise guests were Nadine and…


Added by Bill Berg on April 26, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Keep Your Balance, Hang On, Know How to Let Go - 9 Lessons from Rock Climbing

Matthew Childs: Hang in there! 9 life lessons from rock climbing

More about… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on April 17, 2009 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

Yellowstone Friend Heads to Everest Base Camp for 7th Straight Season

Dr. Luanne Freer is a fixture around Yellowstone and at Everest Base Camp. She spends her summers working with the medical services in Yellowstone Park but every spring heads up to 17,000 feet on Mt Everest to setup "Everest ER", a medical clinic in a tent to serve Sherpas and climbers.

She did a ski trip in Yellowstone… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on March 27, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

50 Jobs in 50 States in a Year

There's a little something to admire here.

Daniel Seddiqui is halfway through his plan to work at 50 jobs in 50 states within a year. His gigs have so far included bartender in New Orleans, Limo Driver in Vegas and cheesemaker in Wisconsin.

Read up on him here and track him on his website at… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on February 24, 2009 at 10:08am — No Comments

A Winter Week in Yellowstone

The sun came back this week and now we could use some more snow. But it was a great week around here. A few shots from Old Faithful to Mammoth to Tower.

Find more photos like this on My… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on January 18, 2009 at 7:57am — No Comments

Snow Cave in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

Four folks and two good dogs had a great 2 night / 3 day trip into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area near the north entrance of Yellowstone Park. We started up in the slush on Thursday but got high enough to leave that behind. We built a snowcave in some gnarly weather, then woke up to a sweet day and great snow conditions on Friday, January 9th. Called it a day under clear skies and a gorgeous moon to wake up to more… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on January 11, 2009 at 1:18pm — 2 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

Spring Skiing in Yellowstone - Up Avalanche Peak on May 3rd

Sylvan Pass and Avalanche Peak, in Yellowstone, can be a spring treat. The road over Sylvan Pass and out to Cody opened up on May 2nd and we got up early to take a look at Avalanche Peak on the 3rd. We left Gardiner at 6ish, found PLENTY of snow at the trailhead (about 6 feet), started up at about 8:30, grunted to the summit in 3 hours and enjoyed some recreational gravity on the way back.

Interesting and great time of year. Out there… Continue

Added by Bill Berg on May 4, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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