Construction of the luxury cabins began in the fall of 2014. This is when Heather Stitt & I started working at the Zion office. Heather is our IT/Programming Coordinator/Bookkeeping guru. I take care of reservations/guest relations/marketing. However, we all wear many hats at Zion. You never know from one day to the next what you will be doing when you arrive at work. For example, this morning I am writing this blog, answering phones, & processing a few reservations. This afternoon, I will be painting walls at our soon to be office. Ya just never know lol!
We all work very well together at Zion and for that I am truly grateful. Of course, not every day is perfect and sometimes stress takes over but the good outweighs the bad.
In late spring of 2015, construction began on the aqua-zip line. This is a zipline that goes into the water. How cool is that?!! Heather, Lori, & I along with Tank & Isaac (the maintenance guys) had to be trained on operating the zip line. Wow, did we have some fun times during that training. We learned about carabiners, lanyards, harnesses, zipping safety and tying knots.
The hardest part for me was the tying of knots. I remember that I could not tie a bowline on a bight knot. Of course, everyone else could so Isaac started making fun of me. I threw the rope across the room at him in frustration. Eventually (after alot of good natured teasing) everyone sat and helped me. LOL, we all had lots of laughs that day.
The following day we had to put our training to the test. Isaac was the first to use the zip line. I bravely stood on the hillside and took photos. See the photos below of Isaac enjoying the "maiden voyage" of the Zion Aqua-Zip. It was another fun day with lots of laughs.
So as you can see because of all of our "many hats" we all pull together to help each other out (along with good natured teasing). We truly are like a family here!
It was the summer of 2015 when the aqua zip finally opened. Our luxury cabins had renters every weekend. Life at Zion was getting pretty crazy. We were overwhelmed but very happy to be so busy. Everyday was a learning curve as to how to do things. Isaac, Heather, Lori Smo, Tank, & I eventually figured out the best schedule for working the zipline. Somedays were more frustating than others but we learned that working together always made things a little easier.
We were all busy working. We were all busy with our own families, planning vacations and sometimes enjoying a weekend off. However, our lives at Zion were about to change forever in a way that we never thought imaginable. We often wonder if we could turn back time, what could we have done to change future events.
As you gather this weekend for Christmas with your family or as you are having your annual Christmas party with your "work family", I encourage you to appreciate everyone that is with you at the time. Tell someone sitting next to you that you are glad they are here today. Don't take anything for granted!
Merry Christmas from The Zion family to you and yours.
Peace be with you.
Hi, I'm Lori Kovacs.