Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Zion... Again.

At this point, I've been to Zion National Park in Utah at least 6 times. I was introduced to it by a friend about 3 years ago. Where most of our national parks have their landmarks that make them so famous, for some reason Zion floats just under the radar. Its easily overlooked and most unsavvy individuals typically ask, "Zion National Wha?" Having been to several of our parks, this one really makes you appreciate that we have the National Park System that we do.

While carving your way up the canyon into the park by shuttle bus, the announcer slowly begins to take you on the journey of how it actually formed. His voice is subtle and he pauses often to really allow you to understand with your own imagination of how over the course of millions of years, at one point this was actually the bottom of the ocean as we know it. The salt and the wieght of the water slowly packed and cemented these gigantic sandstone cliffs. As the water receded it painstakingly carved out this canyon leaving a wildlife sanctuary from top to bottom like nothing else in the world. In fact in addition to the voice of the announcer, on the bus, and in the park everywhere, you'll hear languages being spoken from all over the world.

I've been to Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania, I've been to the tropical beaches of Thailand, I've even spent the night and hiked the Great Wall of China. I won't say that one is better than any of others, but Zion will harness your outdoor spirit and capture your every awe.

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