Our 2008 Travels
Our 2008 Adventure

Bruce and Sara---2008
SAM Shortline (GA), Big Bend National Park (TX), and Alaska
January 2008 to September 2008 (?)

On January 13, 2008 we left Bedminster, NJ for the SAM Shortline in Cordele, Ga......the first stop on our adventures this year.

During the last few months at Mesa Verde in 2007, we had tried to find jobs at national parks in the south (the only part of the country which has seasonal positions in the winter.) We applied to several positions in Florida ...in the busiest and best known parts of the Everglades and in the western part of the park closer to the Gulf of Mexico....but never heard back.

Unfortunately, trying to find jobs in the National Park Service during the winter months is difficult. There aren't many parks that hire seasonal Rangers and there are lots of people applying to the few jobs that are available. And so we weren't surprised when we never heard back.
Just Checking--front and back!

We had already decided that we wouldn't try to work during the summer of 2008 and that we would go Alaska instead. But we still wanted to find something to do during the winter. And that's when we decided to volunteer at the SAM Shortline in Cordele, GA....a state park which is a train! Essentially, SAM Shortline would give us a place to continue "working" and developing our skills as "interpreters," it offerred us a place to go that is a little warmer than New Jersey, and it gave us a chance to live in and explore another part of the country.

And so on January 13, we left New Jersey and headed to the SAM Shortline and several months of traveling! And as we visit different places and have different experiences, we'll send back letters and pictures and try to keep up this web site as best as we can.

Jan to April 2008---The SAM Shortline in Cordele, GA

April 1st to April 13, 2008---Driving from GA to Big Bend NP, TX

April 14st to April 23, 2008---Driving from Big Bend NP,TX to Mesa Verde NP

April 24 to May 4, 2008---Snow in Yellowstone, a Change in Plans, and a Detour to Zion NP

May 4 to May 11, 2008---From Zion NP to Salt Lake City and Glacier, and then to Canada

May 12 to May 16, 2008---Kootenay, Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks Yoho)

May 16 to May 25, 2008---The Alaskan Highway---From Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska

May 25 to June 7, 2008---Southeast Alaska--Skagway, Sitka, Juneau, and Haines

June 8 to June 21, 2008---Haines Junction, Fairbanks, and Denali

June 22 to July 4, 2008---The Kenai Peninsula: Portgage, Seward, and Homer

July 5 to July 22, 2008---Whittier, Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez Prince William Sound and Wrangell-St. Elias NP

July 23 to July 28, 2008---Driving Down the Cassier Highay: Steward and Hyder

July 29 to August 14, 2008---Driving Home after 13,600 Miles

If you want to write to or contact Bruce and Sara, their email addresses are: bruce@schundler.net and/or sara@schundler.net

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