Workdays At The Views

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Bill and I are spending the summer hosting in Dolores Colorado. We have a fabulous work schedule where we work 3 days and have 6 days off. I’ve already made a couple posts about what we do on our off days such as exploring the area, and of course, our favorite pastime, fishing… So I thought I would do a post about what some of our workdays are like.

We start our workday off by loading our work cart with the cleaning supplies, and tools, we need to complete each job.


Once we have everything we need to get started, we head out to check and clean the bathrooms. The bathrooms in this park are pristine, because of the attention to every detail all the hosts on duty give them three times a day.

Once the bathrooms are cleaned it’s time to start on campground chores,

such as checking, and if needed, watering the newly planted trees throughout the park.

We also check the mature trees and take care of any trimming that might be needed as well as watering the grass throughout the park, and cleaning campsites.

There is a large work shed full of any kind of tools we may need for each chore.

One chore that is a for sure job security chore is digging up the never ending supply of Russian Thistle Bushes throughout the park. These plants are an invasive plant, and if left unattended, they can grow waist high, and have thorny spikes running along the edges of their leaves. When we are finished with all our chores, and any projects Matt, the owner, might ask us to do, we know we never have to look far to find Russian Thistle that needs to be dug up and removed from the property.

And to make getting rid of anything from large tree limbs, to Russian Thistle Bushes easier, we have the ATV, with sideboards cart, at our disposal. We just load it up and run it down to the lower back end of the park where the burn pile sits waiting for the controlled burn day to arrive.

Yesterday was the last of our three day workweek and I spent part of my time in the office with the owner, Matt, as he showed me how to make reservations and sell merchandise on the system they use here, which is a little different than the system I’m used to using when we work the Visitor Center back home. Matt sent us the link to the system they use here, and while he walked me through the various screens, I took notes, and will share what I learned with Bill at home. We can do some practice reservations and point of sale of merchandise, so when the time comes that Matt needs us to help with office duties, we will be ready to go!

Now we’re off for six days, and we are already getting excited to get our fishing poles in the water again. The fishing areas around here are so beautiful, we have a hard time deciding where we want to go. Although the ones that actually have an open restroom almost always take top priority…

Living and loving our retirement life dream.

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    May 23, 2020 @ 00:14:57

    What a great post! Love seeing what all you do on your work days! What a fun job…it sounds like work at at Santa Catalina! Always something to do! And yes, those bathrooms are PRISTINE!! What a little gold mine you all found! Keep living it girl!! Love you!


    • beyondcinderella
      May 23, 2020 @ 20:49:43

      Thanks Frissy. Yes, so far, this has been a fun job. It’s hard work the three days we work, because we’re not used to doing the manual labor stuff coming straight out of Visitor Centers, but it’s also great exercise, and the six days we have off really make it all worth while. Love and hugs. Stay safe. XoXo


  2. Megs
    May 31, 2020 @ 01:55:22

    Sounds like this park is pretty amazing I’m so glad you are getting six days off to explore different fishing areas after all the manual labor. That is the cleanest bathroom I’ve ever seen!!!!! Love and hugs!! xoxoxox


    • beyondcinderella
      May 31, 2020 @ 20:47:23

      Yes, so far, this park is great! We don’t mind the manual labor, I just count that as my exercise for that day. We LOVE having six days off to go fishing, exploring, hiking etc. If things stay like they are, and we get invited back next season, we will for sure make this our summer home and Arizona our winter home. Hope all is going well with you and yours. Love and hugs to you. Stay safe. XoXo


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