Friday, September 9, 2016

Final Thoughts on Yellowstone

Well we did it! We finished our commitment in Yellowstone National Park. So now I would like to give you my two cents worth on the whole ordeal. So take it for what its worth.

The Park:

What can I say, the park is beautiful. We are very lucky to be able to have lived inside a national park for 3 months. Some areas are over crowded like Old Faithful and Norris, but where we were, it was less crowded. Sure there were people, after all it was the 100th anniversary of the park service this year. Last year they had 4.4 million visitors. They expected to exceed that number this year. We had plenty of animal sightings. Bears, badgers, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, antelope, fox, coyotes and of course hundreds of stupid bison.

The Job:
Tower Fall general store.

This told the history of the building

From a workamping aspect, the job was okay. This company we worked for is Delaware North. they run the general stores in the park. Our salary was $8.25 an hour. Not high by any means, but it was okay. They also charge you for your camp site. $16.00 a person per week. They also charge for your electricity. They may attract more work campers if they got rid of the lot rent. The job itself is not hard. We were cashiers. After the newness wore off it was petty tedious.

The area of the park that we were at is very isolated. No TV, radio and the cell service was very poor at best. We would probably choose a different part of the park to work in next time. But some people like the isolation. The living with bears as neighbors.

The people:

The best part of this lifestyle is that we meet so many nice and friendly people. Yellowstone was no exception. Everyone pulled together and did more than what was asked of us because from the very beginning we were short handed. The slackers were weeded out early. There were injuries and family emergencies that people had to leave for. What really impressed me was the young people that worked in our store. We had a group of Taiwanese students who we referred to as the "kids", and one young woman from Idaho. They were all so hard working and had amazing attitudes. It was very interesting to learn about Taiwan.
Lisa and Emily
Jesse and Teresa

Karen and Lori

Stuart, Snow and Wendy


Sue and Chuck

Trish(a.k.a. the dish) and Larry

Grace and Vass

Teresa, Jesse, Wendy and Emily saying goodbye to Moose

Wayne and Edwina
I have to apologize for not getting every ones picture before we left. There where more people than this, but these are the ones we ended up working the most with. I wanted to share this also. The Taiwanese kids come here to work without cars. So to explore the park they either have to sign up for tours or hitchhike. At night we don't like to let them walk up the hill to the dorms because of the bears. So one night we gave 5 kids a ride home in our Jeep. That was 7 people stuffed inside our little Jeep. Everyone had fun squeezing in there.

So all in all it was a very good experience for us. We would do it again when we happen to be out west sometime in the future.


  1. Glad you guys had a good experience in Yellowstone. Looks like nice people to work with!

    1. It was a very good experience. The park was great. The downside was that it was 2-2 1/2 hours to a Wally World.

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    1. Well be safe out there. Do it to them before they do it to you. I think that was from "Hill Street Blues".

  3. In 2013 my husband worked for Yellowstone Association. We were located at Fishing Bridge. YA employees staff the bookstores in the Visitor Centers. They are a great group to work for and this was a great location...the view out the window was Yellowstone Lake. This is a favorite park so we thoroughly enjoyed the summer! Glad you had a good experience also!

    1. Thanks. It was good. If we do it again it will be in a different part of the park.

  4. Sorry we missed you two when we were trekking to/from Seattle. Thanks for the info on working in Yellowstone...I think I want to do this one day. Safe travels! Enjoy your blog!

  5. Thanks. Our timing was not very good for a visit. There are 12 General stores to choose from.

  6. Sounds like you guys had a blast and got to be in a gorgeous area!