Back to Work – our summer home

After our unexpected delay in Rapid City, SD to repair Dan’s truck (under warranty yay!), we spent the next two days travelling to our summer job in West Yellowstone, MT. It was a beautiful drive, and we knew our destination was ahead when we hit this sign.

Welcome to Yellowstone

Welcome to Yellowstone

We were pleasantly surprised by the town of West Yellowstone, population 1300, located at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. For such a small town, it has a lot to see and do in the area, besides the big park. We feel this will be a good summer for exploring.

There are a few RV parks in town, but they charge very high daily fees. As such, work campers are usually tucked away in spots throughout the town that locals rent out to businesses. If you drive around and look in the alleys, you will see RV’s tucked all over town. We are on the edge of town, in a quiet area, with one other RV. It is not a glamorous spot, but it has 50 amp full hook-ups, and will be free, to us, for the entire summer.

our 'spot'

our ‘spot’

Across the street from our spot, is US Forest Service land, which has some nice trails and a place to let Makena play off leash.

place for Makena

place for Makena

And beyond the forest, lies a beautiful view!

view for the summer!

view for the summer!

The day after we arrived, we started our summer jobs. We will be working at Homeroom at Madison Crossings, a cabin decor gift shop. There is one other work camper couple, Tom and Ellen, that recommended the job to us.

Tom and Ellen

Tom and Ellen

The building was the old school in town. Originally built in 1918, it was a 3 room school, and expanded over the years. In 1954, a gymnasium was added on, and that is the location of the gift shop. It remained in use until 1992, when a new school was built. In 1993, an elevator and 2nd floor was added to the gym. The floor, wood beams, and two of the lights are original to the building.

Madison Crossings

Madison Crossings

Homeroom at Madison Crossings

Homeroom at Madison Crossings

view from 2nd floor

view from 2nd floor

Down the hall is the old gym (a “half court gym”) and the stage.  Today it is used for banquets.

half gym & stage

half gym & stage

For those curious about work camping and what it pays, we will be making $9.00/hour, with a 50 cent an hour completion bonus for every hour we work. In addition, we will receive free access to the fitness center in the building, ($40/month value), and our site is free, including electric. We will also receive a discount on any purchases we make in the store as well as the restaurant that is in the building.

We already had visitors! George and Laurie (Owens on the Road) stopped by for a visit on the way to their summer job in Montana. It was great getting caught up with some fellow Amazon workers. We will be working Wednesday through Saturday, eventually working 10 hour days once the tourist season gets in full motion.

George and Laurie

George and Laurie

The store sells many items, including a variety of signs. I took a photo of one of the cute signs, and that will be the Quote for the day:

Quote for the day

Quote for the day

12 thoughts on “Back to Work – our summer home

  1. these are my favorite bloggers–they tell it like it is and seem to do it the way i imagine would be best for us–they did amazon, were off til now and are now starting at Yellowstone.

  2. oops–well, i was supposed to send that to my husband, but now the secret is out! You are my favorite bloggers 🙂 and your dog too!

    On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 1:09 PM, michelle ray wrote:

    > these are my favorite bloggers–they tell it like it is and seem to do it > the way i imagine would be best for us–they did amazon, were off til now > and are now starting at Yellowstone. >

  3. Thanks for the update.
    Sorry we couldn’t meet up last summer at Crazy Horse. Our adventure hit a snag when our car broke down in Montana. Had to abandon the car at the side of the road and rented two cars to get us home. It was a trip we will never forget.
    Enjoy your summer!
    Karen Athy (NICU RN from Froedtert)

    • Wow, that had to be frustrating! Hope all is going well with you and your family. I went to the new clinic on Mooreland in New Berlin…that is a nice place!

  4. The building you’ll be working in looks so cool! We’ll have to make another trip that way to see you guys. I’m sure you’ll have a great summer.

    • Yes, they have a lot of nice stuff! No t-shirts! Many customers have said it is the nicest store in town. Let us know if you will be nearby. We have off Sunday thru Tuesday’s.

  5. Woo hoo! You made it. It looks pretty cool. I hope you have a terrific season up there. Lots to explore 🙂
    be well,
    Su H.

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