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Old 06-05-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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There are actually good volunteer and some paid jobs to allow you to skip park to park. (NP or SP). A few offer housing, but usually at least an RV spot.

or... you can work for Xanterra (NP concessioner). I talked with workers in Death Valley who were on their way to Zion or The Tetons for the summer. In Big Bend NP I met some 'volunteers' who spend the summer in Grand Canyon and winter in NPs in the south. They seem pretty happy, sold their MI home and bought a very inexpensive, used class C (under $5,000). It can tow their Saturn, so they left the furniture with their kids and the NP's are now 'home' ! They especially liked the special outdoor educational training they get as NP volunteers, and they were very FIT ! They can use the NP site Medical Clinics for nominal fees.

Actually... I was thinking that IF the gov had their acts together... there would be a CCC program to more productively utilize the 'early retiree talent'. I so enjoy utilizing the lodges, bridges, shelters, camps built be the CCC or WPA. Instead I now run onto numerous parks and campgrounds that are getting closed down due to maint costs... (and all this 'free labor'...)

I'm running up to visit Timberline and Paradise Lodges before the record snowfall melts. These places are a great way to relax and enjoy someone's labors of 70 - 90 yrs ago.
Timberline Lodge - Explore The Lodge (http://www.timberlinelodge.com/lodging/explore_the_lodge.php - broken link)
Welcome to Mt. Rainier National Park (http://rainier.guestservices.com/ - broken link)
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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There are actually good volunteer and some paid jobs to allow you to skip park to park. (NP or SP). A few offer housing, but usually at least an RV spot.

or... you can work for Xanterra (NP concessioner). I talked with workers in Death Valley who were on their way to Zion or The Tetons for the summer. In Big Bend NP I met some 'volunteers' who spend the summer in Grand Canyon and winter in NPs in the south. They seem pretty happy, sold their MI home and bought a very inexpensive, used class C (under $5,000). It can tow their Saturn, so they left the furniture with their kids and the NP's are now 'home' ! They especially liked the special outdoor educational training they get as NP volunteers, and they were very FIT ! They can use the NP site Medical Clinics for nominal fees.

Actually... I was thinking that IF the gov had their acts together... there would be a CCC program to more productively utilize the 'early retiree talent'. I so enjoy utilizing the lodges, bridges, shelters, camps built be the CCC or WPA. Instead I now run onto numerous parks and campgrounds that are getting closed down due to maint costs... (and all this 'free labor'...)

I'm running up to visit Timberline and Paradise Lodges before the record snowfall melts. These places are a great way to relax and enjoy someone's labors of 70 - 90 yrs ago.
Timberline Lodge - Explore The Lodge (http://www.timberlinelodge.com/lodging/explore_the_lodge.php - broken link)
Welcome to Mt. Rainier National Park (http://rainier.guestservices.com/ - broken link)

That is very interesting about the volunteer positions....
I agree that their are many retiree's that have alot to offer
and it would benefit them and whatever they were working on.
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:05 AM
 
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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This Thread has some wonderful ideas about this subject.....Oh! The lure of a Hobo's life!
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I have heard of this group but do not personally know anyone who has tried them:
Elderhostel: Educational Travel and Learning Vacations for Adults from Alaska to Italy
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