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Old 08-23-2014, 05:04 AM   #29
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Hello to all,
Honestly, Poppy (Birdmaestro) for the most part the camp hosting went very well. Most of the time my wife and I enjoyed it very much. Convict Lake Campground is very large and peaceful (most of the time). The surrounding area is unmatched in its beauty. We met some wonderful people and made some new friends for life. However it was a little more work than we had originally thought and were lead to beleive. As the first and last person's the campers see, you really need to be on your game all the time, almost 24-7, not much time to our selves. We did our best to represent the managment and serve the needs of the guests. We did get a lot of compliments from guests and management alike. However it was a lot of work. Making the rounds, collecting money, making out tags and marking the sites, accounting for site and wood sales. Staking and selling cords and cords of fire wood. There were toilets to clean and unplug (yuk), fire pits to dig out and lots of trash to clean up, every day. It also had it's trying times. Being awaken at 2:00 AM by lost, drunken travelers trying to find there friends, people fighting over camp sites, people stealing fire wood, etc. After the season was over, I needed a vacation to relax. When we do it again we will choose a much smaller camp ground. Choose wisely my friend.

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Old 08-23-2014, 07:08 AM   #30
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Damn shame as that is a great place to camp, and the restaurant is superb....
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:21 AM   #31
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Dennis...

Thanks very much for sharing your experience. It sounds awful, a lot like w-o-r-k. It's what I did when I first worked as a California State Park Ranger - except I had eight hour shifts.

I have seen postings for volunteer positions that offered free camping in exchange for other kinds of jobs, such as manning a visitor center, working in a bookstore, acting as an interpretive guide, etc. That sounds a lot better - more interesting work - and eight hour shifts.

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Old 08-23-2014, 10:30 AM   #32
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Yes, I think we'd also prefer something other than being a "park host" per se. What I've heard is that park hosts' job hours are a bit of a myth: You're there, so people come get you. If, say, a toilet gets plugged off-hours or somebody drives in at midnight, guess whose door gets knocked on? (In that sense, it's not different from running a campground.)

There are lots of volunteer listings at volunteer.gov that do not involve the "park host" job, and many look rather enticing, especially those marked as suitable for seniors.


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Gee whiz, batman, that sounds horrible. We didn't work that much in total at 4 stints at two campgrounds. Sounds like management was taking advantage of you.
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I almost always fly flags. So that makes me the camp host to many.....even as in one campground where the camp host was directly across from our site.....clearly marked CAMGROUND HOST.

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We hosted at two Indiana state parks, McCormicks Creek in June and just finished Prophetstown this morning. Volunteer positions, search the IN.gov website for state parks and reservoirs, and find the 'how you can help' link. The duties are shown park by park, and vary slightly from property to property. McCormicks Creek, we simply met and greeted, answered questions, informed about rules (dogs on leashes and one vehicle to a site were the most frequent violations), checked the restroom for TP, and we cleaned the fire rings, and picked up trash. At Prophetstown, we met, greeted, informed about rules ( same two were most common), picked up trash, checked the TP, and sold firewood. No cleaning the rings. Oh, the night security people were so good to us at Prophetstown, we fed them dessert on Saturday night. You meet a lot of nice people, and the dips who think the rules don't apply to them.


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At both parks, we heard "what a beautiful Airstream" and "do they still make them?" from lots of guests almost every day.


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Old 09-03-2014, 01:01 PM   #37
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My wife and I have accepted a volunteer interpretive/hosting position at Moran State Park on Orcas Island for the months of May and June of next year. Mt. Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans, is in the park and has an observation tower built by the CCC. It's five miles from the park proper to the top with gates at the bottom that are locked overnight. Our RV pad is on the top of the mountain and is the only one there.

Should be a little adventure getting there. First a ferry ride from Anacortes then a drive up a tiny road more suited to bicycles than Airstreams. Come on up and see us!

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Old 09-03-2014, 01:36 PM   #38
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Just took a look on google earth that looks like it will be a GORGEOUS spot. Would love to see your pictures of the San Juans and Mt Baker.
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We've mainly toured the San Juans by boat so this will be a first for us. I'll never forget when we sailed into the harbor at Rosario for the first time. In addtion to the incredible marine environment, Orcas Island has some beautiful freshwater lakes - great fishing and kayaking. Ferries to other islands are free when you're walking or on a bike, so lots to visit on days off. And it's just a ferry ride to Vancouver Island and Victoria.

The San Juans are a very special place. Rains a little.

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Old 09-04-2014, 11:21 AM   #40
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Poppy, that sounds great. I had to Google it to see just how cool it is. Nice! What a great area, we love Victoria and the Olympic National Park. We have never been to the San Juan's. I love to fish both fresh and salt water, would like to visit some time. Hope you both have the best time ever.

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Come on by Dennis - and everyone else!

Here's another place where you can visit us as well: San Juan Island National Historic Park - San Juan Island National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) - site of the no shots fired Pig War that ultimately decided whether the San Juans would be owned by Britain or the United States. The San Juans are such a mellow place that the two sides ended up socializing and drinking together instead of shooting each other.

My wife and are volunteering there as Interpretive Hosts from March 15 to May 15. Then on the ferry to Orcas Island for the spot atop Mt. Constitution to the end of June.

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John,
Thanks for starting up this up again. Volunteering/Hosting sounds like a great way to see some different areas and something my wife and I may try when we get our trailer. Please let us know how your stint at Moran and the San Juans goes. We attended Trawlerfest a couple of years ago in Anacortes and it was beautiful. We drove south from Seattle through the Olympic Peninsula, Victoria, a ferry from Sidney (if I remember correctly) to Anacortes. It was sunny and you could see for miles. Just a beautiful area. Of course, my quest for a trawler has been nixed for an Airstream... I will get to keep my dinghy! Safe travels and best wishes for your trip. Richard
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