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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 take my paid vacation time and move on to either:
#1 Coldfoot Camp, Alaska
#2 Niagara Falls, New York
#3 Sequoia Park, California
#4 Mesa Verde, Colorado

Now I had never given much thought to Mesa Verde until my friends Aggie & Jessica went there this year and they both fell in love with the place. Now Mesa Verde & Niagara are not open yr-round, which means I would not be able to keep lots of stuff because stuff is hard to carry around from place-to-place...which can actually be a good thing. But it means I would have to find another location in the Fall of 2012. I could just save the Sequoia job for Fall or maybe spend the Fall & Winter down in Big Bend Park in TX. The possibilities are endless and sometimes having soooo many choices is not a good thing. LOL

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Comment by Anneliese on August 12, 2011 at 6:06pm
Hey Coldfoot and Sequoia are places I want to work at too :)
Comment by Keith Larson on August 10, 2011 at 9:45pm

My overall list are actual jobs that I've researched and survived any "yellow" or even "red" flags.  I have a pretty good idea of what jobs are usually available, length of season, housing situation, food, other things to explore in the area.  I even have a now old 7 year plan based on some of those numbers.  My later version is a bit more complex...my first was based on always being able to find kitchen work.

The best time to research jobs for the next summer, or winter, is during the current season.  And it's already past the peak of this season.  It looks like you have picked a nice 4.  I usually go with six, and then realize that when the actual time comes, a gut feeling might totally take me a different direction.  So although I'm currently applying for winter gigs right now, I'm actively looking at six for next winter too.

I stayed four seasons at a ranch and was able to store things there in the off season.  I collected way too much stuff again too.  I'm forcing my way back to: Everything has a weight, physical dimensions, and shelf life.  Everything I buy has a couple of questions...Intended use immediate or for this season only, or meant to last?  If it's supposed to be longer than that season it's what do I get rid of that's that weight and/or that size?  It keeps me from buying many things.

Isn't housing cost relative?  If housing will cost you twice as much, but you're earning more than twice...isn't it just as cheap or even cheaper?  Almost all ranches and remote lodges have room and board included.  One of the places I'm looking at this winter includes r&b...but it's wages are slightly lower than one near by that charges a bit. 

Comment by Sunni on August 10, 2011 at 6:36pm
Well Keith, I could of made a long list if I wanted to put down every place in Alaska that I want to see. LMAO :)

Mainly I have been checking out locations that I like that also have CHEAP housing....so I could also add Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana, onto my list. But I am starting my Spring/Summer 2012 search now, because I seem to be sooo terrible at making decisions anymore when it comes to where to move next, and 1 of my main problems is the fact that since living here at GCSR is that I have collected way to much stuff...

and sorry but when paychecks are getting garnished for child support...your own housing cost becomes a big deal.
Comment by Keith Larson on August 10, 2011 at 12:51pm
Sounds like a good plan, Sunni.  Summer will probably be somewhere new for me each year.  There are more than 30 places on my list and every year I find one or two more and I'll be 50 in January...if I repeat I have to pretty much scratch off somewhere new.  I usually pick six for the next year...but the last two summers my end choice was not in the previous summer's listing.  From east to west: Monhegan Island, Maine; Club Getaway, Kent, Connecticut; Medora (Theodore Roosevelt NP), North Dakota; one of the resorts in Estes Park, Colorado; Yellowstone; Yosemite.
Comment by Carol on August 10, 2011 at 12:26pm

difference between a grave and a rut, I was told, is the rut has an end.

 

I've been in Georgia for going on 12 years now, same man, same house. Guess I get that wanderlust come spring time, and head out somewheres. We'll see what the trail gods have in  mind come february!

 

love reading the posts

Comment by aggie71 on August 9, 2011 at 12:15pm
If you end up at Mesa Verde you'll see me :-)  I definitely plan to return next year (if they'll have me!)  Of course my wife and I celebrate our 40th in Pagosa Springs so it doesn't make sense to go anywhere else.  Hope whatever you decide Sunni works out for you and you're happy in the end.   BTW I'm still working on someway to visit GCSR without it costing me a fortune.   No word from NPS....may have to come up with some other way to get a response from them.   Richard

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