I volunteered and/or trained at the park for over 13 years. The staff, the visitors, the wildlife and the endless beauty became my home.
As always, this visit, I labeled a homecoming, led to conversations with park visitors. I enjoy talking with them, taking pictures, posting them and looking at them later. Great memories.
Being here today was emotional for me at times. I have many memories here, so many beginnings and a lot of endings.
Park personal, as always, made me feel welcome and loved. They always have, but today seemed very special to me.
Mark drove me to the park. Him and his wife Janice epitomize who a visitor would hope to come upon, at any park.
This was a great day and one I will not soon forget. I stood near the telescope at the reflection pond, looking up at the falls, and remembered back to 2001, when I stood at the same place. That was a beginning for me. Today I came home.