Sunday, 24 February 2008

We're coming to Zion

Welcome to Zion National Park. We passed by Zion while driving back from Bryce to Vegas. The National Park was stunning, the rocks were amazingly huge! But me and Yusdi had no more energy to take good picture because these couple of days has been super tiring.

When you drive in to Utah, you'll know where you are. The mormon perhaps more obsessed than a baptist to splash around bible name like Karmel, Kolob (only in their bible), Zion, Hebron, etc.

Zion National Park is a United States National Park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (593 km²) park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, this unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. A total of 289 bird species, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), 32 reptiles and numerous plant species inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Notable megafauna include Mountain Lions, Mule Deer and Golden Eagles, along with reintroduced California Condors and Bighorn Sheep. Common plant species include Cottonwood, Cactus, Datura, Juniper, Pine, Boxelder, Sagebrush and various willows.

Human habitation of the area started about 8,000 years ago with small family groups of Native Americans; the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Anasazi (300 CE) stem from one of these groups. In turn, the Virgin Anasazi culture (500 CE) developed as the Basketmakers settled in permanent communities. A different group, the Parowan Fremont, lived in the area as well. Both groups moved away by 1300 and were replaced by the Parrusits and several other Southern Paiute subtribes. The canyon was discovered by Mormons in 1858 and was settled by that same group in the early 1860s. Mukuntuweap National Monument was established in 1909 to protect the canyon, and by 1919 the monument was expanded to become Zion National Park (Zion is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary). The Kolob section was proclaimed a separate Zion National Monument in 1937, but was incorporated into the park in 1956.

Under the shadow of Zion. It's kind of crap picture because I extended the gamma curve too much. But who cares.

Josiah was playing with this dried twigs for hours. I will stop buying him toys.

Another failed attempt to catch josiah's face on the picture. Nevermind, my own face will do.

I promise the next entry will be much more apetizing than this!

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