Grand Canyon Memories

 I probably joined Wealthy Affiliate for different reasons than most of you. I am retired, so I am not really looking to start a business. I am definitely older than most of you, and I am handicapped, so I probably have more time to study and work, than many of you. Becoming a member of Wealthy Affiliate and became Premium, is important to me, because I love to WRITE, and I wanted to prove to myself, and others, that I could still work hard, and that I could LEARN.

 I worked for 2 summers at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and I definitely learned to be a hard worker there.

While I was a senior in high school, one of my girlfriends, Margaret, talked to me about going to work at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the summer, after we graduated from high scool. Margaret’s grandmother lived in Cedar City, Utah, and had an “in” with Utah Parks, who owned, (or managed) the Bright Angel Lodge at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She said her Grandmother could get us jobs, which were pretty difficult to obtain. Since I had no plans for the summer, I told her to go ahead with plans to work at the Park. Well, we both got jobs, but Margaret decided to get married instead, so I had to travel, alone, to Cedar City Utah, where we new employees spent the night; we were taken to the North Rim the next morning, in busses driven by “gearjammers”


When I arrived at the Bright Angel Lodge, I was informed that I would be a cabin maid, and my job would be to clean, with a partner, the deluxe cabins. The work was grueling and difficult for a spoiled teenager from Moab, Utah. It was amazing the messes the “dudes” left in those cabins. We had to clean the cabins thoroughy, change the sheets, and even empty the “potties” as there were no toilets (at that time) in the cabins, even though they were “deluxe”. BUT. I learned to work.

I did not even know how to iron, and we had to have clean uniforms every day. I had never learned how to iron, as we sent our laundry “out” at home; but my mother did send me to the “Rim” with a new iron, even though I didn’t know how to use it. I made a deal with my roommates. They would iron my uniforms if I would let them use my new iron. DEAL!.

 I learned to work hard at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! As part of our life there, we were required to perform in a “show” every night. So with our newly ironed uniforms, we were onstage every night, singing “We work at the canyon, the canyon, Grand Canyon Arizona”. I think I cleaned cabins better than I sang. After each Show, we were required to change, clothes, (no jeans). and go to the dance, where a band composed of the staff, would play the dance music.

 We were required to dance with any “dudes” who asked us, but we mainly danced with other staff members, and this is where I learned to jitterbug, waltz and lindy, and I did it well. Then down to the dorm to get a night’s sleep and get up early to go clean those cabins.

 One night, my roomates and I sneaked out of the dorm, took some blankets and slept outside. It was a very dark night, and when we awoke, we realized we had slept on the rim of the canyon, and could have rolled off the edge easily.

We did not do drugs and we did not drink alcohol; most of the staff were LDS, and were clean living young teenagers. I was (am not) a Mormon, but I respected my friends’ beliefs.


At this time, I am working hard wanting to learn as much as I can. I want to learn about using templates, I want to learn how to add images to my blogs, I want to learn it all, and I appreciate so much, the help that is being given to me.

 If I happen to include some good keywords along the way, or some “low hanging fruit”, I will be happy. At this time, I only want to learn. I am computer illiterate, as I did not grow up using computers, as most of you did. Computers are fairly new to me, and I do not even have a smart phone, but I think I will buy one, and learn how to use it. I want to learn all I can about Wealthy Affiliate, and I am glad I learned how to work hard at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The second summer I worked at the Canyon, I was promoted from cleaning cabins to working in the soda fountain, where the work was also hard, but I learned how to make all kinds of things, like malts, sundaes, and root beer floats,  and I learned how to make change quickly.


At this time, my goal is to work hard and learn as much as I can.

 My goal is not to become an Ambassador, or even to make a great amount of money, I just want to feel comfortable here and to learn as much as I can.

Thank you for reading my post.

JanicethreNorth Rim


  1. Janice,

    I loved your story of your first summer of working at the Grand Canyon, back in those days it must have been quite the adventure! I just recently took my daughter to the Grand Canyon, about 2 years ago now. 

    Not sure if you have been back since your second summer, and I wish I had taken pictures of the new Grand Canyon Village to show you how much it has changed. I only took photos of the Canyon which is so very impressive.

    I am glad you became a part of WA! I think you will love the community here for sure, and you probably have some wonderful stories, I look forward to reading more of them. 


    1. Thank you so much for the comment Stacie.  It is apparent that you read every word of my post.  I am enjoying WA so much.  Everyone is so kind and understanding.

  2. Hi  Janice, I found your post interesting. I am female age 65, and I am also at that place where I am okay owing what my heart tells me to do. As the years pass on we realize that chasing money is not as fulfilling as just immersing ourselves in what we like and finding  joy in learning new things. I am a musician so I am playing for fun. WA is a great platform for you to write. There is always someone out there to be inspired. Best wishes !!!!


    1. Thank you Joy; what a nice comment!  It makes me happy to know that someone else has the same attitude as I.  I wish you best of luck in Wealthy Affiliate, and I hope our paths cross again.

      Interesting that you are a musician.  What kind of music?  My son plays guitar in a reggae band, and his son, my grandson, is a music teacher in Denver.  He plays EVERY instrument.  I, myself, like classic country.

  3. I appreciate your story, Janice. I can relate with it because I came from a secluded, seemingly uncivilized community as they call it.

    Just like you, when I was a child, I work with my parents because we don’t see that as a child abuse, it’s just normal way of living.

    Your life story working in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon tells us how resilient you are and that is what we need in developing an online business.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *