Yesterday was the day we began taking reservations. We figured it would be busy, and we were right. The phone started ringing at 7:45am, and there was even one guy who arrived here at that time to make his booking in person!
There's only one phone line and only one computer, so it was really only a one person job. I was already more familiar with the software, so Ruth went off and did some leaf work while I sat in the office for five hours straight.
Between 8:00am and 1:00pm I booked 39 reservations. The phone calls never stopped. As soon as I hung up with one person, it rang again within 10 seconds.
After 1:00pm, it slowed down a bit. Then, I had time to check the voice mail for messages! There were 35 messages, and as I sorted through them, it turned out that the majority were from people I had already booked at some point in the morning. Ended up with 47 reservations for the day.
Meanwhile, Ruth was on leaf detail!
Yep, this could take a while.
If she goes slow enough, the leaves will stay where they are!
By 4:30pm, we decided that was enough and took advantage of the nice afternoon to go for a walk in the hills behind the park. Before we even got out of the park, Ruth spotted an owl!
A great horned owl. Second largest owl in North America.
Then, I spotted this beaver by the shore.
It's going to be a pretty spot when the leaves come out and everything is green!
Looking down at the entrance gate.
The hills behind the park.
Someone made a wrong turn at Albuquerque!
Ruth, walking on the hills behind the park.
Our entrance way.
Pretty lichen design on this rock.
Looks like a chipmunk, but it's actually a thirteen stripe ground squirrel.