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I arrived at Jackson Lake Lodge last evening, after 5 days on the road (visiting family, driving 2100 miles) and sort of feel wind blown.

Everyone is fantastic, the views are fabulous, and I have my roomie, Terry, introducing me to all the friends. I hope to remember as many names as possible.


Just a lot to remember, the maze from EDR to uniform department, the orientation check in, etc. The walk from dorms to Main building. It will look different once all the snow melts too. Very glad I came here to Grand Tetons.


Remember folks, pack light. Fitting it all into my side of the room is easier cause I have a car to stash toys.



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Comment by Mark M. on June 6, 2011 at 7:55am

That would be an interesting comparison. Xanterra from what I am able to figure is Yellowstone now. It used to be by Fred Harvey.

I know for me when I was there I had such a great time in the Tetons, I did not even wish to try Yellowstone probably a big factor was the distance to go if I had been up in Yellowstone to get out away from tourists(tourons). I had a little pick-up with a canopy and also had a very small rubber raft that I stored in it. When I used it I would go down usually to string lake and go to the middle of the lake to get away from the crowds... if only for a partial day. It was great!

Have you tried the Nachos at Signal Mountain yet? 

Comment by Carol on June 3, 2011 at 4:38pm

Thanks Mark, yes it belongs to Vail.

Once this season is done, I'll do a comparison between Xanterra and Vail employment, just informational from my point of view. There are tons of internationals. In fact, one long term manager said Americans are about 20% of the work force. Not sure how accurate that is, but its kind of a shame.


Comment by Mark M. on June 3, 2011 at 11:59am

Great you are liking the it there in the Tetons! I would like to follow your post and hopefully you will add some pictures when you get time. I miss the sights there.

I stumbled on to this site by accident and started snooping aroud here. It is a nice little site.

I spent 10 summers in the Tetons myself. 1989-1997 were in CBV at the Chuckwagon. I think they named it different now. My last season (1998) I was in the Pioneer Grill. Wonder how many people are still there that I may know? It has since been taken over by the Vail Co., right? Anyway...they were the best summers I have ever had. I think I will return to doing seasonal at some point as well.

Enjoy your summer there!


Comment by aggie71 on June 2, 2011 at 9:33pm
Yeah....sounds great Carol!   Glad you are having a good time.  I'm looking forward to July 30 :-)
Comment by Carol on June 2, 2011 at 6:17pm

I posted a photo of my "room" in a room, my little cubicle in a dorm room for 4. My room mates and I have fun chatting at night, they are in housekeeping and have nearly the same hours as I do, so it works out great.


I've been hiking and that is an adventure. Payday was today, that helps get one settled in to their location, too, knowing what to expect after the deductions are done.


Off hwy 89 our dorms are just a short drive. I parked my car and havent really used it. The free shuttle to Jackson is fast and we don't have to buy gas or worry about speeding.

I've made a bunch of friends, and a dance is scheduled for Saturday the 11th, very cool 60s-70s theme.


Good, hunh?

Comment by Carol on May 25, 2011 at 4:45pm

Thats right, Nancy. We can eat meals together, but it didnt work out.

I have sweet hours 8-4 right now, two days off. But the park is not busy yet, and Jenny Lake opens Monday. I was told today to have at least 600 rolls at any given time baked, which will be up to 1200 soon. They give me assistants and I love teaching these young culinary interns. They know a ton of stuff, but efficiency is one of my strong points too, so I some how end up delegating.

Our chef is wonderful, I love it.

Congrats  Jeremy, the downsizing is a skill few master. I got a few things extra in my car, gifts for the kids, but way less than the year I went to yellowstone.


Comment by Jeremy Stovall on May 25, 2011 at 12:19pm
I know this is kind of an old thread here but oh well.After staying home for the winter I was bored as heck even with a full time job.But any who.This time around I decided to only take what I would need,one big bag for clothes,laptop,small tv , ps3 and games,and movies.Then the hiking/fishing gear.All fits in my little Toyota Tercel.It is funny how you see other people a crap load who are either a first time out or just can't down size etc.
Comment by Nancy B. on May 24, 2011 at 6:34pm
Carol, I would love the opportunity to learn commercial baking--how awesome.  The hours are early, eh?  I'm guessing...and, yeah, that snoring can be killer even with earplugs.  And we never know if we snore unless someone tells us! LOL!  So you and Terry are no longer roommates?
Comment by Carol on May 24, 2011 at 5:26pm

I ended up having to switch dorms cause my room mate snored so loud I couldnt sleep. I now have a dorm with 4 beds, but they are like cubicles, and doing much better. My room mates are Jamaican, and have this really neat accent.  Sometimes they will talk to family back home, telling them they're freezing their butts off, yup, Experience of a Lifetime....a GTLC moto.


I love being in the bake shop. Its an amazing atmosphere, loving your job. How weird, hunh, for that to be the best thing so far?

Comment by Carol on May 15, 2011 at 4:58pm

Thanks everyone. Today we did orientation, and then the 4 hour bus tour around the properties. Excellent informationl, great bus driver, took tons of photos. Lots of snow still so some places are closed. Just getting everything under control, still need to get my car sticker for park exiting and re entering.


see you soon, Leo, Aggie, step AWAY from the Walmart.

thanks Nancy for your encouragement.

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