Though it was just two weeks ago that Parks in Focus leaders explored these areas, we knew that it would be an entirely different experience when the second group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson arrived last Monday at the Cave Springs Campground. These were new campers with new challenges to face, and a fresh set of eyes to soak up the unfamiliar terrain.
The sites we visited and games we played were identical to the first trip. However, the group’s experience was sprinkled with differences and surprises like Ranger Steven at Walnut Canyon National Monument who used props (like animal pelts and ancient pottery shards) to enliven his tour of the monument. Additionally, we triumphantly hiked 5 miles during the challenge hike on Oak Creek Canyon’s West Fork Trail, surpassing the previous group’s goal of just a couple of miles.