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Sunday marked the start to a week long orientation about how to basically be a rock star SCA intern. We have only reached Tuesday and my brain already feels filled to the brim with everything we need to know but I'm just going to have to make room for more! Yesterday our supervisors took us around Moab to the Visitors Center and the NPS Headquarters (both were pretty cool!) They also took us to Wall Street where there is ancient Puebloan rock art...it was one of the coolest things I've seen so far. Wall Street is also a very popular place to rock climb and showed by all the white chalk.
Today we continue orientation with a 3 hour hike though the Fiery Furnace in Arches and I am SO excited. While we are there, we are going to learn about the geology of the area (which I do not know much about) so I am looking forward to that. I also started developing an outline for my guided walks and it seems to be slowly coming together. Developing a guided walk program is not as simple as it had seemed. There is a huge emphasis on the visitors (obviously) and how you want to connect them with the resource and enhance their experience with an intellectual and emotional connection. Part of it is definitely about how well you convey the information and draw the visitors interest but the focus is more on the resources and establishing a theme to your program.
After hours yesterday I went on a hike in the Lasal Mountains with a fellow SCA intern and it was beautiful! One of the coolest parts of it was that for a few hours you forget you are in the desert. The temperature drops significantly, there are trees and green everywhere, and we even saw snow! It was awesome.
Time to go....stay tuned!