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Seasonal Jobs and Community

August 30, 2013 |

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 |

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 |

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…

4 Tips for Balancing Work with Play While Traveling

July 23, 2013 |

Things have been going very well over here in the Badlands. I’m making a lot friends, visiting exciting new places on my days off, and exploring the natural beauty of the park around work. Even work is going well. I help fellow travelers not so different from myself find the best place to take sunset…

Working at Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands

May 13, 2013 |

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…

Buffalo and Bad Weather

May 9, 2013 |

Tuesday was about the best test for the RV windows that I could imagine. After another gorgeous morning, clouds started rolling in in the afternoon and at around 3:30 the thunderstorm hit, in force. It rained, it hailed, and it rained some more, for a good hour or so. I was working until 5:30. We…

More Snow

May 2, 2013 |

No doubts about it, I’m definitely liking this work camping gig better than Amazon last fall, even though the spring weather has been fickle and unpredictable. The promised snow did come on the 22nd, and the wind was blowing hard enough that it was all but impossible to get pictures while it was falling. I…

Arriving at Badlands National Park

April 27, 2013 |

4/20/13 – Saturday Upon arriving in the Badlands, I wiz through the entrance gate – it’s so early in the season it’s not manned right now, and the park rangers are relying on people being honest and self paying on the way out. I was expecting to see snow, but there’s hardly any. Now that…

Hardeeville RV Park, SC

April 15, 2013 |

Hardeeville RV Park  is located at the southern edge of Hardeeville, about 20 minutes from Savannah and even closer to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. It’s where I have been staying the past couple months while I’ve been working at Lowe’s. I’m not much for formal reviews, but here’s my opinion on the place.  …

Working at National Parks for RVers (Part 2)

April 12, 2013 |

In part 1, we discussed working for concierge companies at a National Park, now it’s time to talk about working for the actual National Park Service. If you’re wanting to work for the actual government, being a member of Workampers Network or those other RV sites aren’t going to help. You’ll need to pop on…

Working at National Parks for RVers

April 5, 2013 |

Thinking about working at a National Park this summer season? You’ve come to the right place. During the past month I’ve applied to several and been interviewed for three different locations, all of which decided to hire me. I’m no expert, but I’m going to share what I learned from the experience here for all…

Summer in the Badlands

March 31, 2013 |

So it’s official, I’ll be working at Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands starting on April 22nd, and will be there through early-mid October. I’m excited! Original plans were to stay east of the Mississippi this year and do the Carolina Renaissance Festival with Julie in the fall, but after a couple weeks of job…

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