A Year Around the Sun
Well folks, here we are…one year later from our very first Cove Rattler blog post about Memorial Day weekend in 2012. Thanks to all who have followed and clicked on the Cove Rattler to check-in on the latest updates and interpretive posts. We couldn’t have made this blog a success without you, and we are proud to say that this site has over 4,215 hits! Wow!
This weekend kicked off with a hike to the top of the Tam-a-lau trail. Ranger Talia trained our hosts in hiking tour essentials, and we identified wildflowers and sagebrush types along the way. At the top, we spotted some Turkey Vultures and a few Western Fence Lizards. Meet our newest members to the interpretive team: John and Violet!
Later that night, we geared up to debut our very first program at the new Crooked River Amphitheatre, Star Spangled S’mores and Cove Trivia. The kids had a blast dying their mallows psychedelic red, white, and blue magic, some so colorful it was hard to roast ‘em!
The next day, campers from all over the park joined together at the Deschutes Amphitheatre for the launching of our 2nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Parade! This parade was bigger than ever, with over 200 participants. Cove Staff had a blast decking out their Gators, honking horns, and recruiting parade goers to join in the American pride!
The Crooked River Petroglyph hike was a great success the next morning, and we celebrated our hearty trek by painting stones with symbols. Every participant painted a simple symbol on a rock that represented or “symbolized” a significant memory or experience they had while camping at the Cove. Symbols included: ships for “Ship Rock”, bunny ears for “Mountain Cottontails” that you see in the park, and a ladybug that caught a ride on a little gals backpack during our hike.