Archive | September 2015

Packing for the next adventure

Yesterday was my last day of work. We were very busy, which was unexpected. So when I got home I rested and did not pack anything. I also got a late start today. You see I hate packing, so i keep trying to put it off. Yes I could win an award in any procrastination contest.

My electronics are not the problem, because the laptop, tablet & portable DVD player all fit in my purse with my wallet, hairbrush, glucose machine, cell phone and sudoku puzzle book. Don’t worry K.M. my camera goes around my neck on every flight. If i can wear it then it doesn’t count as  extra carry-on luggage.

I don’t take “checked” luggage, anymore as I hate running around airports looking for baggage claim areas. On my flight the purse full of electronics is my 1 personal item, then I get 1 carry-on bag. I bought my carry-on luggage before I went to Alaska in 2012, and have used it on quite a few different airlines with no hassle about the size. I just make sure not to cram it so full as that also crosses around my neck as I walk through airports. Believe me, by the time I get to my seat on the plane I have a sore neck. But at least I don’t lose any luggage. I will pay an extra $14 to make sure I get a window seat with extra leg room but I don’t  pay for luggage…crazy I know.

I have 1 box that my old roommate will mail to me next weekend, with everything else that I  will be bringing to Death Valley. The box is bigger then the box I mailed to myself at Mt Rushmore in June, but somehow I collected to much stuff while I was here so I am leaving quite a bit downstairs on the free table. I will have about 19 hours in Vegas, so that’s time enough to go shopping for new work clothes. It would be easier if every park had the same color uniforms, instead of having to go buy something special for each new job at each new  location. No wait, it would be easier if companies that “required” a certain color uniform would be required to supply the whole uniform. At Mt Rushmore I wore black pants but at Death Valley I need khaki. At Mt Rushmore it didn’t matter what color your shoes were but I need all-black shoes to work in Death Valley.  I think I will just have to order most of the stuff I want online and have it shipped to me after I get there. Furnace Creek Ranch is over 2 hours away from Vegas so I won’t be back to the city for a long time.

Well I really need to go wash the companies bedding, and grab the vaccum. Time is ticking away and as usual I have been sitting around playing to many facebook games…well mainly “words with friends”.


Saying goodbye again


BeBe with her pink striped hair was leaving, to go back home to Thailand. It was funny (and sad) to watch her pack and leave. I already miss the kid. But I can hear her singing on videos that she puts on facebook.


A group of 12 co-workers went out to eat in a little ghost town. Pretty sure that the only thing left in town is the “Gaslight” restaurant. For $1,100,000.00 you can buy the whole town. I am standing behind Johnny & Kerry. They went back home to Florida. The rest of us still here still tease each other about taking “Johnny breaks”. His 15-minute breaks could sometimes end up being 45 minutes.


This is Lucie, from Czech Republic. Her smile lit up any room…especially when she came up to the dining room on her days off. Always in some groovy colored active sports pants like the ones in the picture. She was ready for any adventure.

Now it’s my turn to leave. After stressing out whether or not to take the cafe worker job at the Grand Canyon,  I finally got accepted yesterday for a retail job in Death Valley. I fly out on Monday the 28th. I will be there until May 11,2016. So that means I will be celebrating the Winter holidays and my birthday  with the desert lizards. Actually 1 of the kids here at Rushmore  will also be at Death Valley, working as a cook.

Oh boy, now whoever reads my blog will learn how to “live it up” in the hottest place in the USA. Hopefully I don’t spend the whole Winter with visions of the old cartoons in my head, where bugs bunny crawls around the desert looking for water and has hallucinations about seeing a mirage that actually looked like Scotty’s Castle, Which is located in Death Valley…Wonder if that old cartoon was filmed in Death Valley.