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PancakeBill

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Yellowstone Workamping
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:51:10 PM »
We have arrived.  set up on our site, ready for the summer.  We are working at the Old Faithful visitor center bookstore.  Quite a day, buffalo, snow, sun, satellite what else can we ask for.
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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Jim Godward

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 09:08:29 PM »
Welcome to the Rockies in May.  We have had wind, rain, snow and more wind today.  Temperatures as high as 53 and as low as 33 in about 3 hours this afternoon. 

Makes for a fun day.

Now if the tomatoes do not freeze tonight, things may be looking up a little.    :D

If you are coming to Bozeman for shopping, let us know.
Jim
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PancakeBill

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 09:48:16 AM »
Jim,  will do!  Sat we head down to Idaho Falls to pick up our rental car.  Monday we start training.  Today looks to be a pretty nice day weatherwise.  We are acclimating to the altitude.  This is my first time at such a high altitude, I think it is about 7200'.  I grew up at about 50'.  FL was at about 80', this winter in QZ was at about 900'.    Sooo, 7200 is a little higher.

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brens

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 10:02:06 AM »
We will be going to yellowstone the end of June. This will be our first long trip in our new motor home. Do you know what the wheather will Be like then? Any stops that are a must see? We are comming from So. Cal. Have fun this summer, Boy I wish I had a job like that!!!!
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 10:20:40 AM »
We got to Yellowstone on June 16, last year and had snow. But not enough to bother, but still drifts from the winter.  Had 60-70' days, 40's at night.  I would sure suggest you plan to spend at least 1 day at Buffalo Bill museum in
Cody WY, hard to take it all in In one day.

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Jim Godward

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 10:32:45 AM »
We will be going to yellowstone the end of June. This will be our first long trip in our new motor home. Do you know what the wheather will Be like then? Any stops that are a must see? We are comming from So. Cal. Have fun this summer, Boy I wish I had a job like that!!!!

Bring So. CA winter clothes.   :'(  It can be cold and it can snow.  That is not to say it will but can.  Years ago as we were landing in Bozeman we saw snow out the window and there was snow on the ground.  We were in Yellowstone a few days later and it was cold and snowy, it was not sticking but it was coming down.  It can be cold and snow any month up here.
Jim
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Ron

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 11:17:56 AM »
Speaking of snow, gyess what we woke up to at Sam's camp.  Well about 4 inches of snowcotton was well distributed over the area. Oh we are only 4000 Ft altitude.
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 11:22:02 AM »
Below are some pictures we took last year in West Yellowstone on June 11!

We arrived on May 31 and stayed through June 15 and most of the time was pleasant (50s and 60s) and sunny, but in the low 30s overnight.

Regardless of the weather, you'll have a great time!

Don
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 11:33:10 AM »
Yep that is what it can look like sometimes.  That is very similar to what it looks like at Sam's Camp this morning.
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brens

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2009, 02:24:35 PM »
Will we need snow chains?
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Lorna

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 02:50:10 PM »
How long will you be workcamping in Yellowstone Bill?  We will be there either over Labor Day weekend or sometime after that.
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2009, 03:29:38 PM »
Will we need snow chains?

Snow here at Sam's Camp is all gone now. :)
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PancakeBill

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2009, 04:10:14 PM »
Lorna, we will be till end of Sept.  Today it is about 50 deg and sunny.  Winds has subsided.  I went over to post office and got our PO box this morning, got to see Old Faithful go up, pretty neat! 

Weather here is pretty changeable it looks like.  Tonight forecast is 19. 

Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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Jim Godward

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2009, 08:39:53 PM »
Will we need snow chains?

NO!  The snow will not be around for more than a few hours, if that, and they do a good job of clearing the roads if needed. 

To expand on my no, I have lived in Montana for over 30 years of my life and driven for over 20 of those and NEVER used a set of chains on the highways.  On muddy dirt roads, yes but that was not due to snow.     :)
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Jim Godward

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2009, 08:42:35 PM »
Yep that is what it can look like sometimes.  That is very similar to what it looks like at Sam's Camp this morning.

We missed that but did have rain over night.  Temp here only got down to about 37 or so.   :)
Jim
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Ron

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2009, 09:44:33 PM »
Like Jim I have never need chains on the hiways. in Montana or Wyoming.
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2009, 10:22:41 PM »
Bill,

We arrived in Rapid City today. Drove the last hour or so in a snow shower with wind all day (and yesterday).

Hope you have a great time this summer.

ken

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2009, 10:45:41 PM »
Bill,  Better wait till Mid June or later before taking the all American Highway.  However I strongly recommend taking it if you have a day to spare.
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PancakeBill

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2009, 10:49:08 PM »
Which is the All American Hiway?  Thought that would have been Rt 66.
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Ron

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« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2009, 10:56:27 PM »
The All american Highway is take highway 120 North out of Cody to the Chief Joseph Highway 296 to the Beartooth Highway 212 and turn right.  Drive on into Red Lodge and have lunch then return the same route.  If you have time you can continue on to Cooke City on 212 then return to where 212 intersects with 296 and return to Cody.  You will find the scenic quality to exceed that of Yellowstone.  But wait till they get the snow cleared probably in June.
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PancakeBill

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2009, 08:54:34 AM »
Thanks, have to put it up on my map program and save it.

There are highways that don't get cleared?
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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Ron

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2009, 09:44:23 AM »
Thanks, have to put it up on my map program and save it.

There are highways that don't get cleared?

There are some routes or highways that they do not plow until spring Beartooth is one and Going to the Sun in Glacier Park is another. 
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2009, 10:43:34 PM »
Bill,

Now that you have been at it for a few months, how do you like work camping at Yellowstone??

ken
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PancakeBill

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2009, 04:23:45 PM »
Ken & Sheila
We are still loving it.  The job is fun, lots of folks to meet.  I have always loved books, reading etc, so working in a bookstore is a great time.  I try scanning as many books as I can to help folks with picking.  We sell memberships which are good things, gives the card holder with discounts at other parks as well as us and the General Stores in the park, the money goes back into park projects.  So, easy to beleive in, easy to sell. 

Why not come in?  I can get you a resv at the site next to us for a really good rate, with fhu. 

Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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brens

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2009, 05:05:04 PM »
Just got back from Yellowsone. The weather was great! I was in shorts the whole time we were there. It rained on us once but we were driving checking out all of the wild life, Boy that sure is Gods country. We went in to the book store but I could not remember you name. I would have loved to say hi to a  fellow member! Hope you are having a good time.!
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2009, 08:21:34 PM »
Bill,

Glad to hear you are enjoying to work. Something we would like to try in the future.

We are in Reno, but I will be flying back to PHX for a week. Then we will work our why to Oregon for an Appointment at Monaco on 7/27.

How long are you going to be at Yellowstone?

Ken
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2009, 08:46:41 PM »
Brens, sorry we missed, next tie Bill, like what you get in the mailbox... ;-)

Ken, we will be here till end of Sept.  Please give me a call, I can get you a reservation here.  ack light for Phoenix, I just saw temps...
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2009, 02:43:04 PM »
Bill,

If we can get there this summer, we will call you.

Schedule is still up in the air.

THankls

ken
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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2009, 12:42:36 PM »
Hi All if any of you get to Cody and South through Meeteetse, give me a holler here. I will be in Meeteetse until Mid Sept, then over in Lander for a couple of weeks before heading to AZ for the Winter.
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PancakeBill

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2009, 06:38:09 PM »
Today is first of Oct.  As I sit here and look out the window it is snowing.  Looks like an overnight snow on the way, Temp still showing 36 deg, but dropping.  What has this to do with workamping?  Well, not much, other than it is showing the end of the season is about here.  Our last day is 10/13, leave either that afternoon, OR the following morning.  Coach and trailer about ready to pull out any time.  Stowed everything but the motorcycle in the trailer, (I am an optimist I can still get in a ride).  

Our first season has been great, the Yellowstone Association is wonderful to work for.  I am looking forward to a raise and promotion next season.  (yes, we are coming back!)  Yellowstone is an amazing place to work, with 2 days off and 6 hour work day we have plenty of time to explore, fish, photograph etc.  Made lots of friends with other workampers and seasonal workers.  We are a fun breed!  Have had customers come in we knew, some knew my folks, some from the forum, some knew folks we knew, the old Small World syndrome.  

If you have a chane to work up here for YA, or Xanterra, or Delaware North, jump at it.  Different centers in the park have different advantages.  For instance, Old Faithful, (where we are) is the Park icon, maybe even the National Park System icon.  Pretty much everyone who comes to Yellowstone HAS to see Old Faithful.  Keeps you busy.  We had a Presidential visit in August and I had the opportunity to meet the Sec of the Interior.  Canyon is pretty much the center of the Park, so being there gives you the chance to have the least average drive to explore.  Mammoth is nice because it is cose to lots of stuff, and also easy to get to Bozeman for major shopping trips.  They all have their advantages.  

You definitely need to have a car.  We rented one for the sumer, got a great deal so great the owner told me he would be glad to rent it to me next year, but we would have to restructure the agreement.  

Next yea we will probably arrive at the end of April, and stay to about the same time.  Looking forward to 2010!
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2010, 10:43:01 AM »
We have just accepted a couple of positions at Yellowstone.  WOW!  It's our first workamping jobs.  We will be working at the Tower gift shop/snack, from 6/3 until 9/26.   I am sooooo looking forward to it.    My question is.... we currently are in Florida (FEB).  We need to be in Bosman 6/3.  Should we try to be there a couple of days early or not?  Since we have not been west, what is the best route to take to get there?  Did you do the meal deal?  If so, what is the food like?  What would you do the same and different?
Thanks for any advise!

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Re: Yellowstone Workamping
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2010, 05:58:37 PM »
OK, my reply disappeared as I was wrting a perfect reply.  Short version now.  Getting west in June, You probablly want to eventually get up to Rt 90 and go in the north entrrance.  Have your offer of employment with you to go in the gate, you will get vehicle pass later. 

Meal plan, we made our own food, it is like college cafeteria. 

Food shopping, you are just about 20 miles to Gardiner, about 70 or so to Bozeman.  We installed a chest freezer for meat.

We are also leaving from FL, heading north to Nashville, then St Louis and west on 70.  We will be going in west entrance (West Yellowstone)
Bill & Jolene W & Koda

Old Faithful, Yellowstone Association Bookstore
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1995 OMI Dobro F-60
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