Can you draw or sew? Move dirt? Help us convert our desert property from water hog to xeriscaped in beautiful So. Utah!

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  • Description

    Description

    Please read our entire profile before contacting us. Carol is writing.

    We are an ordinary middle-aged couple in beautiful Southern Utah, in the western United States. We have just a bit more land and a bit older house than we can manage because between us, we work 90 to 100 hours a week (added together) and also do a lot of volunteer work. We are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) so our home is smoke-free, drug- and alcohol-free, and we are very careful about what comes on the TV and computer (no porn, not even R rated films). People of all faiths or no faith are welcome in our home.

    We are seeking a strong person of any age or nationality. Singles, couples, or families are welcome. Our guest room has a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom, a twin bed on top, and there is room for a 1-person cot also. Of course, we don't expect our workaway guests to share the room with a stranger. If you are coming, the room is yours.

    We have one small dog, an older Miniature Pinscher, who loves to cuddle if you do too but she has fur so if you are allergic or a little barking bothers you, you won't be comfortable here. Sometimes we also have our grand-dog, a Miniature Schnauzer. Our yard is fenced if you have a dog, too.

    We need help with our front and back yards, and garden spaces. We have had traditional turf (grass lawn) along with two garden spaces, and are slowly converting to water-conservative, natural desert landscape. We are now planting shrubs, trees, and edible plants to plant around the pathway pictured below. We can teach you these skills if you are willing to learn and can work without supervision once you know what to do. There are also free landscape classes offered locally which Carol sometimes attends, and you are welcome to come along.

    The reason I mentioned an artist is needed is that my sunroom full of windows faces a dull cinder block wall, shown below in the back yard. We plan to convert part of the yard itself into a shady meadow as a bird/bee/butterfly habitat, and I'd like to liven up that wall with a nature mural. Alas, I have no art skill whatsoever, just ideas. Can you paint on a 6 foot wall? It is primed and ready for your artwork. We also want to sew a small awning for our front window, hence the need for someone to sew.

    Sometimes we have regular painting projects and other household repairs. Carol used to build and paint wooden boats for a living so has some skills she can teach; Bud is an amateur plumber and has also done just about everything else. Bud can also teach geocaching and maybe take you out if you like. Carol can also teach scrapbooking and has plenty of supplies if you wish to create a book while you are with us. Our home has a sun room that is all set up as my scrapbooking "studio" plus a shop where Bud has some woodworking tools, all of which our guests are welcome to use.

    We also have neighbors here in our suburban neighborhood who sometimes need a bit of help, and you are welcome to join us as we serve them.

    We can work with any schedule and encourage you to plan your trips to our parks when there are the fewest tourists, such as the spring or fall, and on weekdays. Our projects can be done anytime.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), aka Mormons. We are strong Christians who believe that the full gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth in the early 1800's by a man called to be a prophet by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We have a living prophet today and a thriving worldwide church. We look forward to the second coming of Christ and strive to build strong, happy families and serve all of God's children in countless ways while we are here on earth.

    If this sounds familiar because you are Christian, or if it doesn't but you are curious, we are happy to share our lifestyle and beliefs with you. If you aren't interested in religion, that's fine, too. You can just enjoy the safety and warmth of our home and we will love getting to know you and more about where you come from. We are sincere when we say that people of all faiths or no faith are welcome.

    Because of the influence of the LDS Church, you'll find that Southern Utah is a conservative place with strong family values, very few bars, no strip clubs, and no gambling. Instead, you'll find an emphasis on volunteering, arts and music, and wholesome outdoor activities. We value history here so if you are interested in the Old West like you see in Western movies, it's all here, from the old Joshua tree ranch fences you can still see everywhere, to horses just a block away, and pioneer artifact museums in every town. Nearby Kanab (about 1.5 hours) is where many famous Western movies were filmed and there is movie museum there that is very interesting. Just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, the hotels called Ruby's Inn are still owned by the same family who sold the park land to the government over a hundred years ago, and it feels "Old West."

    Besides that, just being here in the U.S. is a cultural experience, right? We can take you to a giant Costco store; teach you how to play ladder ball right in our back yard or cards with our friends; get fast-food Mexican or fried chicken; cook all kinds of American food including barbecue; and of course, there are those amazing state and national parks nearby where you can meet Americans and also people from all over the world.

  • Help

    Help

    You could do painting and other minor remodeling projects. In the late fall there are some leaves to rake and bag up for a friend to compost in his garden.

    You would usually need to spend most of the day on Saturdays with us so we can work together, then fit in your other hours (25 per week total) as you choose. This works out great for you because the nearby national parks are much less busy during the week.

    We try to keep the Sabbath Day by not working on projects. Instead, we do family history research, attend church, visit friends and neighbors in need, plan our week ahead, and avoid shopping and commercial recreation. Sunday meals are simple and sometimes we invite others over to meet our workaway guests. You of course are free to do as you wish except for house projects, and of course you are welcome to join us at church if it interests you. You do not need special clothes to come to church. Everyone is welcome.

    Breakfast is always included and lunch too if you are here at the house. When you go touring, we can send you off with a great sack lunch. Dinner is included and you can decide whether to eat dinner out or with us, day by day. There are terrific restaurants within and near our parks.

    We are hoping for 2-week stays but if you wish to extend and no one else is lined up, we can certainly discuss it. Or, if you can only fit in a week and we're open, send me a message and we'll see if we can work it out.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our home is modest, just 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, one story, only 2 steps to get into the house. We offer a private bedroom with a bunk bed/futon (double on bottom, single on top) plus a pretty comfortable cot if needed, all linens, reading lamps, and a closet, plus wi-fi throughout the house, an extra computer, cable TV, and the usual appliances such as a washer, dryer, and dishwasher, all of which you are welcome to use just as a family member would do.

    Since we generally eat dinners together, you are welcome to help cook and we always appreciate help cleaning up. (Some of the best conversations happen while washing and drying dishes, right?) We love to try new cuisines and are open to vegan or vegetarian dishes but normally we are omnivores who eat as organic or home grown as we can manage. Because everyone eats, we don't count food preparation or cleanup time toward work time. We figure if you were our family, you'd help out in the kitchen, so that is just part of joining our family during your stay.

    We have a man's mountain bicycle and some camping gear you may borrow and all kinds of tourist information on hand. We have plenty of safe parking if you drive here (recommended). We can also accommodate a camper or trailer as we have an extra gravel drive pad, and can run a power cord and hose if you'd prefer to stay there (no sewer hookup, though).

    Please be aware that we live in the desert. That means that from July to September, temperatures can reach 110F (43C) during the day. Most serious gardening is over by then, and it is too hot to paint outdoors most days. We do have indoor projects in our air-conditioned home that need to be done, but our most pleasant times of the year are October through June. November, December, and January can have frost overnight and a few rainy days but in general afternoons are sunny and warm with bright blue skies and little wind, perfect hiking weather, although some higher trails get too icy to be safe. We only get snow once or twice each winter and it rarely lasts more than a day.

    For the warm and hot months, we own 2 sit-on-top plastic kayaks with several life jackets that you are welcome to use on our local reservoir lake, Sand Hollow State Park. If you have an international or US drivers license, we can lend you our little old truck to carry the kayaks. The settings are beautiful and the water is pretty warm. It's a nice change to get out on the water. The sand is red! We usually have a state parks pass you can borrow to visit for free, and there is even a primitive camping area for about $20 or less per night.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Southern Utah is known worldwide for its incredible yet accessible beauty and pleasant weather. Drive times: we are just 5 minutes from a soccer park with a splash pad for the kids, 5-15 minutes from easy-to-difficult local hiking & biking, 45 minutes from Zion National Park, 2.5 hours from Bryce Canyon National Park and 3 to 5 hours from the Grand Canyon. You can buy a 1-year National Parks Pass that will allow you to enter EVERY national park and monument for just $80 per carload. It's an amazing deal and available to anyone.

    If you like the ultimate party city, Las Vegas is just 2 hours away by freeway, and there is a shuttle bus that runs there several times a day, for about $35 each way. Salt Lake City is 5 hours north, a $60 shuttle ride.

    There are many festivals and fairs here from early spring through Christmas. Just 30 minutes north is Cedar City, known as Festival City. They have many festivals featuring music, art, and theatre. There is a Shakespeare Theatre with wonderful performances several months a year. We also feature lots of live theatre here in Washington/St. George, including Tuacahn Outdoor Amphitheatre just 20 minutes away. Near Tuacahn is a gorgeous state park called Snow Canyon State Park where you can hike slick rock, bicycle, explore lava tubes, and play in red sand dunes, surrounded by striped hills of red sandstone, black lava rock, and white limestone.

    Unfortunately, we do not have a car to lend, and public transit is almost nonexistent, so a workawayer with their own vehicle would have much more fun with us than a biker or ride-share traveler. However, there is now a private shuttle bus that takes people from nearby St. George to Zion National Park for $20 each way. We can get you to a shuttle bus in the morning, no problem. As much as we love our parks, we can't promise to take you touring or hiking as our time off is very limited--which is why we always seem to be behind on projects and host wonderful workaway helpers!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Front yard in progress.
This is part of our back yard. The white wall is for our mural.
Guest room with futon bed.
Guest room bookcases. Travel books, cookbooks, games & puzzles, religious & how-to books, and childrens books for you to enjoy.
Our miniature pinscher, Lola. She is a bundle of energy who loves to cuddle.
View at the end of a pretty hike overlooking Snow Canyon State Park, 15 minutes' drive from our home. You can even camp in the park itself and there are lava caves!
Fairyland Canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park, about 90 minutes' drive from our home. Bryce is truly unique in the world and Carol's favorite park.
Carol & Bud cooking together (as usual).

























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