Wednesday I leave for the summer, so I figured I should write a blog post about it instead of clean my car or pack. Here’s a direct transcript of every conversion I’ve had for the last couple weeks:
Wow, Glacier?! Where’s that at?
Montana, right where the Rocky Mountains meet Canada.
How far of a drive is that?
According to Google, 11 hours. But I feel like I remember it being more like 16. In any case, I plan to stretch it out over 2 days.
And you’ll be a ranger, building trails and doing other…rangery… stuff?
Actually, I’ll be selling souvenirs at the Cedar Tree Gift Shop. I’ll also be volunteering with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks.
How did you find that job?
About 7 years ago I found out about the ministry and thought, “Wow, I’d love to do that.” I’ve actually filled out the application several times, but due to student loans, being in wedding parties, and other family things, it’s just never been the right time. When I quit my job in January for my New Zealand trip, I figured I’d do this this summer as well.
*Interested sound* That sounds cool. So you’re not getting paid?
I will be getting some mula, no worries. The ministry will be volunteer work. My team of 5 people will host 5 worship services (I’ll be at 3 of them) every Sunday in the campgrounds of West Glacier. I’ll be playing the violin and doing some preaching as well. They seem like awesome people and I am so excited to get to know and serve with them this summer!! However, ACMNP partners with concessionaires in the park to help us get jobs. I’ll be working in the gift shop, for which I will be paid.
Where are you going to live?
They have employee housing there for us. I don’t know what it looks like—dorms, cabins, other—but since I just spent 2 months living out of a van, tent, or hostels, I think I’ll be able to survive 😉
What hours are you working?
No idea. I’ll find out when I’m there.
Have you been to Glacier before?
Yep! I was there July 6 and 7, 2015. I’m sooo excited to go back and hike the trails there!
How long will you be gone?
I’ll leave May 8 and return September 23ish.
What does your boyfriend think of this?
He’s the best ever. He’s okay with it and even plans to visit me a few times 🙂
Well, cool. Have a great summer!
Thanks, you too!!