On our first day at Natural Bridges we were a bit nervous as we didn’t know what to expect. We walked over to the vistor center around 7:45am. Things didn’t get off to the best start when the only pair of park regulation pants I could find were a size 33 men’s waist.
Happily though we found that the staff were very welcoming and eager to train us. We first started off at the visitor center, welcoming guests – answering their questions about our park and the surrounding parks and showing them the lay of the land. We also learned how to run a cash register (my earlier work as a cashier at IGA in my teens came in handy) and how to turn on the informational video. The visitors were generally patient and understanding that we were new volunteers.
For the remainder of the day we went off on patrol in the park. Since I was still sick we decided to take the easiest of the three trails, to Owachamo, the smallest and thinnest and perhaps oldest of the three bridges. Owachomo means “rock mound” in Hopi and is named after the rock formation on top of the east end of the bridge.
It was a brisk but lovely, sunny day. We met some patrons who’d been at the visitor center and gave them more information about the trails and park. Interestingly, about 30% of park visitors are from foreign countries, most commonly Germany, the Czech Republic, France, England, and Poland.
We were pretty tired by the end of the day, but it was nice to come home to our cozy little house. We’re happy to be here. But I shan’t bore you with descriptions of domestic life. Stayed tuned for exciting posts on a variety of topics: Canyons! Prairie dogs! Mountain passes! Salamanders! Goblins! It’s all coming up soon, right here on A Trish Out of Water! Don’t miss a post…subscribe now!!
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