The last national park that Liz and I visited was Zion, so named by early settlers in reference to a place of peace in the Bible.
Zion National park is truly an amazing place! The entry to the park and the rock formations were formations I had never seen before. Even though we only spent the day and then had to stop (because my ankle finally gave out after hiking off and on for 15 days), the energy and vastness of it all did bring about a peacefulness. There were were so many trails that I think you could be there a few weeks and still not get to experience them all!
The Virgin River was the trial we hiked. At least 60-70% of the trail was in the river itself. At times, we were wading into waist high water. One of the first inhabitants of the area were two native tribes; one called Virgin Anasazi and the other Parown Fremont. Both dissappeared in the early 1300s. Spanish missionaries were the first Europeans to discover the area and it is said that they named the river "La Virgen" in honor of The Virgin Mother.
I hope that you have enjoyed viewing these photos as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you over the past month!
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