The North Rim

August 20, 2014 | 34

  Monday, August 18 I’m excited! It’s time to cross half of the last big local destination off my list: the Grand Canyon. It’s a 107 mile drive from the campground to the north rim, the south rim is even further and one has to detour far to the east to make it around, making…

Closed For Business

October 1, 2013 | 16

The questions at work started trickling in a few days ago, and by last night it was a flood: “Will you close if the government shuts down on Tuesday?” Normally I’m not one for following politics closely, but when it has such a direct impact on my next two weeks I pay attention. Cedar Pass…

Seasonal Jobs and Community

August 30, 2013 | 18

I’ve been noticing an interesting phenomenon here at Cedar Pass. As the season is winding down, students who were just here working during break are heading back to college, foreign workers who were here on visas will soon be returning home as their visa expiration draws near. Between this week and next week, we’re losing…

My Second Big Full-timing Mistake

August 19, 2013 | 33

The sun is shining, it’s 89 and muggy outside, flowers and vines are threatening to take over my hoses yet again, and the chirping of birds greets me when I wake up in the morning. It might seem kind of early to be thinking about winter, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. For those wondering…

Figuring the Pay at Cedar Pass

August 8, 2013 | 33

How much money do you really make working with concessionaire companies who contract with the National Parks? Well I can’t speak for all of them, but I can share my experience with Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands. So far I have received 6 bi-weekly paychecks during my time here. For the first 5, I…

Working at Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands

May 13, 2013 | 10

It’s now been three weeks since I started working for Forever Resorts, the concession company that currently holds the contract for Cedar Pass Lodge (CPL). Last fall when I was working at Amazon I did a little review a few weeks into the season to give first impressions about what it was like, and now…

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