Friday, October 8, 2010

Enveloped by Edifices

From the southern rim of the Grand Canyon we made our way north to the state of Utah where there are five national parks, each promising spectacular mountain vistas. Some dynamic geological activity has taken place here to leave vivid monuments.
Our first visit was to Zion National Park, where one is surrounded by tall multi coloured mountains and cliffs and which cradle the Virgin River. A very efficient shuttle service drops tourists off at select destination points where one can take advantage of hiking and photo opportunities.
We enjoyed emerald pools and waterfalls and walks along the river. Many of the park names were coined in the early 1900's by a passing Methodist minister including the court of the three patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Zion is a heavenly place close to God. The park celebrated its centennial in 2009 with the theme, 'A Century of Sanctuary.'