On January 1 I visited Fort Bowie. It snowed the night before leaving about 2 inches of snow on the ground. My parents did not tell me that we had to walk 1 1/2 miles to get to the visitor center, so I was surprised. The walk was easy but was really cold. On the way to the visitor center, I saw a cemetery that had a lot of people buried in it. Oddly, the cemetery looked pretty with the snow on it. When we got to the fort we started looking around the visitor center while Ranger Brandon printed the Junior Ranger program. After we got our programs we started completing it in the visitor center. Ranger Brandon was very nice and told us lots about the park. I enjoyed Ranger Brandon’s talk about the history of the fort.
After we were done in the visitor center we went and looked at all of the ruins that used to be the fort. My favorite part was seeing where the bakery was. After that we went back to the visitor center and got the programs signed off by Ranger Peter. I liked that Ranger Peter quizzed us and asked us questions about what we learned. It was a challenge that most Rangers don’t ask us to do. I learned that the fort was built to fight the Chiricahua Apaches. We decided to take the return path to our car. It was the same distance as the trail we took originally. It was a little harder though because of elevation gain but well worth it. That was my trip to Fort Bowie.