But as annoying as that was, I still don't know that I could compare a broken record to my hiking trips. Because, while I may see the same hike often, it's never the same experience as previously. Rarely a repeat. The colors, the smells, the conditions, lighting, seasons, time of day, as well as admittedly...my health and mood, all impact my experience. Those factors can create an infinite amount of variables and adventures.
We spent a lot of time in Zion National Park this week. I can't think of a better place to be on a glorious spring day. And so it was my fortune to traverse the East Rim twice in one week. The upper west side of the park is still under a patches of snow and closed. But at the slightly lower elevations and with the early rays of sun exposure, the season of exploring has begun in the east.
I hiked both the East Rim and Cable Mountain trails. Next week I hope to visit Deertrap Mountain.
A view of Observation Point (one of our normal hikes) across the way from Cable Mountain.
At one time a saw mill operated on the east side of Zion. Lumber was lowered from this cable system over 2,000 feet below to the valley floor. By wagon load it would take an entire day to make the trip around and back into the canyon, whereas, this cable system would take minutes. After a shortage in lumber supply, and numerous lightening strikes, the cable system was closed in 1930. Directly below is the Weeping Rock parking lot now.
My comrades approaching the Observation Point trail junction
Isaac Behunnin, a founder of Ephraim, Utah was called to help settle Springdale (entrance to Zion) in 1862. He was 60 years old when he arrived at Zion Canyon and at that time the Salt Lake City Temple was being built. As he reflected on that occasion while resting in the canyon when he poetically said...
"These are the Temples of God, built without the use of human hands. A man can worship God among these great cathedrals as well as in any man-made church--this is Zion."
I heartedly concur and it's worth repeating, even if I hear it over and over, it still sounds good to me.