ouch! talk about a bad place for a sunburn! what? no pictures of the clothing optional beach?! jk ;o) I am in Kansas for two more days and right now it is very bittersweet. I love my friends who are here, really they are more like family to me than friends, they prayed over me as I prepare for my next big adventure. I board my plane Tuesday for Alaska, and spend the night in Anchorage. Wednesday I get picked up by my boss in Anchorage. We fly from Anchorage to Dillingham, then Dillingham to the lodge. I can't wait I'm so excited and nervous. Its one thing to drive to a new and exciting place, its another to pack as much as I can in two bags and take off on an airplane, then a smaller airplane then a float plane. I uploaded some new pics, random mix of pictures really. I am sure my camera will be full by the end of this week as I'm snapping pictures of everything I see. I'm interested in seeing where you'll go next or if you might stay in Grand Targhee. I have a feeling if this place in Alaska is what I think it will be then I may be returning next summer too. You really can't beat the location or the pay! In the back of my mind i'm always thinking about where I'll be next. When are you going back to Cali? if you go count me in. I have a few family and friends out that way who would love some spontaneous visitors. anyways I have to get back to packing! I always hate this part of traveling, the stressful pack as much crap as I can time.
hey so I no longer have a phone now, bummer eh? I leave for alaska in less than two weeks and I am pretty excited. I've been traveling around a bit. I was in florida for awhile and then I spent a week in the twin cities. Just trying to tie up all my loose ends down here and then I take off. How's work for you going? I imagine things are pretty slow right now, but are going to pick up soon. I'm so glad to be out of Winter Park. I love the mountains, but I hated the town and my job. just glad to be moving on to a place where I actually get to work instead of sitting around looking like i'm working ;o) hit me back I wanna hear how ur doing!
Hey JD- no I haven't been turned on to facebook or myspace. Thought about it......but....
So you will be in somewhat my neck of the woods....Minneapolis. My brother actually just moved there last weekend. I have yet to talk to him to see how everything is shaping up for him and his girl. She is going to graduate school and my brother will finish his degree in Physical Engineering. Smart boy I tell you! Florida should be nice. It's been about 8 years since I was last there. Bloody humid though! I hope you are having a great time riding today. I thought about going up myself, but my morning consisted of getting to work early (volunteering my time for a while) and cleaning out my ride. It looks exponentially better. It hadn't been vacuumed all season. I'll probably head to the gym for a while and then I'll punch in to work. I'm not sick of the winter yet, but when I think of all the possibilities of spring, I get very excited. I've started hanging maps all over my walls of hiking possibilities. I'm going to start making routes with push pins and yarn. However, there is much I need before I take off on any trails. Last night I threw the softball around for a while. I'm feeling it in my arms this morning. My glove is breaking in, so it's all good. Life is great and everyday is exciting and full of potential. I feel spoiled rotten everyday living here. It's fabulous! Yeah, as far as my phone goes, it's really sketchy. It roams constantly and it's dead more often than alive, as of late. It is nice not being so attached to it though. However, days go by before I get your messeges (or anyone elses for that matter). We'll talk soon though. I hope your next two shifts go well and your last few days memorable. Until later.......
yea sorry I keep missin ya on the phone. I'm actually still in colorado right now. I have...two more shifts of work and 6 more days in town. My roomate Jared left yesterday morning. It was very strange having the whole place to myself last night. I have some friends from my old workplace(the timberhouse) coming to crash for a couple days. Then a few friends from KS are coming up this coming weekend to pick me up and take me home woo! I'm kinda sick of winter at this point although we got 9 inches in the last 24 hours so I'm gonna have to shred tomorrow. I can't wait to get back to KS, but i'm only there for two days then off to sunny florida to hang with my sister for 10 days..then back for 3 days then off to minneapolis for 5 days to hang out with my friend Cary. then home for 3 weeks. then...ALASKA. I'm really excited to go, but still have lots of stuff to buy. Like some good work pants, waders, and hip boots. Its gonna be a blast, but I definitley need the time off inbetween to go home and reconnect with fam and friends so i'm thankful for that. Wherever I end up your more than welcome to come visit too. I'm not too sure about steamboat. I need to get back to KS and talk to people to figure all that out, but I know next winter I wanna go someplace where i know someone or at least take some people with me that I know. I guess the social aspect of Winter Park has been pretty disappointing, but thats the way it goes! I'm actually gettin ready to cancel my phone because there is no service in alaska, but I'll have an internet phone and I'll make sure to get you that number. I think i'm gonna get a web cam too that way people can see me as I talk to them from alaska. Soooo yea that's kinda my life for the next couple months. I'll try and call ya soon. I'm glad things are going so well for you up there. Its great when things work out so well like that.
Thanks. I love Coolworks photo section. I enjoy perusing photos from all over, you have some pretty impressive pix yourself. You must be over the HILL from us. Come by and visit this summer, I will be manager of the gift shop @ Signal Mtn Lodge and Bruce is in maintenance.
I am a mad dancer what can I say. You should see how I dance when I'm not in a Santa costume ;0) still Enjoying Grand Targhee? I was checking out the website today. It looks like a cool company. Definitley smaller than Winter Park, but I think that makes it easier to get to know people. Soooo me and some friends are thinking about working in Steamboat Springs next winter. I know it WAY too early to be thinking about these things, but you should think about it. We were thinking of renting a house or condo in town. They are both nurses so they wouldn't be working for the resort. And I may or may not get a job with the resort. There's a van shuttle service there and I love driving and talking to people so it might be a good combo. It seems like a fun town also. I may be done after Steamboat and "settle down" scary thought eh???
I'll probably just be hanging out for those two months. At the end of march I'll have a better idea on my financial situation and see if I need to get a job or not. Who's going to hire someone for two months though? Don't know too many places that would. I might just try and pick up some side work and also spend my time keeping in shape. I have a feeling Alaska is going to kick my butt. I keep hearing great things about the place I'll be working at, but the common theme is, "they'll work you like a dog" which i'm fine with as long as everyone is working like a dog. working with lazy people bugs me more than anything...probably because I have a lazy nature, but resist it...most of the time ;0) Anyways I'm so excited for going back to Kansas. I really miss my friends and the social life kinda blows in Winter Park so I'm really not gonna miss this place. I'm thinking about steamboat for next winter, but we'll see that's a long ways a way. oh don't know if I ever gave this to you, but here's the link to my blog: jdgreer.blogspot.com
its been ok. I'm kinda done with being in winter park, haha. I don't see my friends from my old job anymore and working evenings/nights kinda puts a damper on the social life. I'm excited to head home. I have about 5 more weeks here in WP then back to Kansas for about two months. I have to be in Alaska the end of May. they haven't given me an actual date yet. But I am sooooo excited. I talked to a former staffer who said its a great place to work and they hire a lot of people back(about 80%) which is good news. I'm excited for my days off in Alaska and hiking, backpacking, and playin with grizzlies ;0) and in case ur interested they still have some openings and the pay is awesome.
the snow has been good here too. were supposed to get another 10 inches in the next couple days. Hopefully i'll get out on the mountain thursday and friday. what is your job up there? Security is going ok, but they have me working nights now which kinda blows, but its only until may and I get a 3 day weekend so I really can't complain. Also some other good news. I was offered a job at Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Alaska for this summer and I took it. I'll be heading up there in late may and I'll be coming back down beg- middle of october. I'll be done at the end of september, but I want to travel around and do some camping in Denali when I get done. I had a phone interview and it just seems like it'll be a great place to work. any thoughts about this summer season?
yea the people we are renting from are still in the process of moving out, but i really like having the cat here so we might ask if they'll leave him. I'm not usually a big cat person, cause i'm allergic, but Mr. Fluffner(yes that's his name) is pretty cool. I can't wait for alaska. I'm still waiting to here back from a couple places so we'll see. I'm thinking i'll head back to colorado next winter, but in all reality that's just too far down the road to be thinking about.
hey thats funny. the reason woodspur didn't offer me the job is because they said it took to long for my references to get back to them(i think it had been 4 days). Whatever, I love my job right now so much more. I work 4 days a week and have a 3 day weekend. and it looks like if i like my job it could turn into a full time gig. But i'm still pretty set on alaska. I moved into my new place last night and it comes totally furnished including a cat...pretty amazing. I hear WY is beautiful so I'm sure you'll have a great time. What will u be doing up there? btw do you have instant messenger or anything like that?
good good news! I got a job at WP Resort as a Security Officer...there's plenty of jobs up here still. And I just found a super cheap to live(cheaper and closer than employee housing) If you don't get the woodspur job you should consider getting a job at the resort...and there are a couple rooms still available at the place I'm at and its on the bus route.
bad bad news. didn't get the job, so yea i'm homeless now and crashing with my friend jared. probably gonna get a job with Winter Park Resort and live in their employee housing. i guess there's a few openings in housing. did you hear back from woodspur yet?
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