Saturday, June 30, 2012

Home again and catching up...

Horrible about updates, I have been.  My apologies.  Due to my ramblings on Facebook, many people already know the story... but for the sake of keeping everything (everyone?) up to date, here goes!

A little background on this WWOOFing (volunteer) program I'm in - in a nutshell, it's an agreement to do volunteer work for 4-5 hours/day in trade for room & board. These opportunities are everywhere, so you can go to the location of your choosing.

Bill & Cheryl at DogWood Gardens near Fairbanks, AK were an excellent example of great people to volunteer for! And the time I spent there is my basis of comparison to other places I go.

That said, my brief 5-day trip to A Seaside Adventure near Homer was not a good experience. It was painted as a beautiful paradise with landscape and wildlife galore - this was very true. Some of the best scenery I've ever seen in my life! Not true, was the workload. When told I would be helping out with gear and the 2 guest cabins on site, it was not said that I would experience 8-9+ hour days. Their idea of "help" apparently meant, do it all yourself. For this, they need to hire summer help instead of making use of the WWOOF program. I talked to them about the workload, and the general response was indifferent - very much like they knew, and intentionally represented themselves in a false manner. I guess this isn't the first time that people have left them early... of which I did.

I was given a generous offer from Cheryl at DogWood to come back there if things turned out for the worst in Homer. While I would have otherwise be thrilled to spend some more time with her and her wonderful family, I chose to return home. I was fried. It was a great few weeks up until this point, but I  was done. 


Since being back home, I've been trying to find interesting work opportunities (while still trying to stay out of the customer service/sales field).  Between that and digging into some side aspects of my photography, I should be able to rake in a little bit more income.

Pictures from in and around Homer/Kachemak Bay/Tutka Bay areas:

Cormorants and Gulls
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60 Foot Rock
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Sea Otter with pup:
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Views of Kachemak Bay:
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View of the Seaside Adventure main house/lodge:
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View from volunteer cabin:
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Rufous Hummingbird
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Kayaks:
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Bald Eagles:
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Sea Otter:
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Harlequin Ducks:
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Porpoises:
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Kayaking out in Kachemak Bay:
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Pacific Loon:
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Seal with lunch!
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