I started my new job officially Thursday. I really love the rangers and the everyone who comes in. There are volunteer cave guides, maintenance guys, rangers, the ranger gals who run the visitors center and the tourists. Already I have met people from Bristol, England, New Jersey, Ecuador, Wisconsin...and the cave trail only opened yesterday for the first time this year.
I have not sold too much out of the store but did spend a lot of time helping the rangers with the phone which rang constantly. People were trying to get reservations for the cave tour.
The biggest problem I have is my feet and legs really scream at me. I get very sore. Hopefully it will go away after a while. I do plan to start hiking the trail as soon as my legs and feet get better. It can be a daily thing. I know it will take me a while to get the whole trail done. It is 1 1/2 miles up and a total 1000 feet vertical. The cave itself is full of stalagtites and stalagmites. There is a lake in it and 3 areas connected by manmade tunnels. The poor tour guide rangers had to use flashlights on many parts of the trail yesterday as some of the lights were not working!!
I will find the website link and photos and show you more later. I feel very proprietary over my canyon and cave!
But it is off to work I go and hoping my fairly new Keen Hiking boots will help my feet feel happy. My son bought them for me last year and they are really comfy.
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for your supportive comments. I do appreciate them all..even from people like Ryan who can only draw stick figures!!