“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~Henry Miller
We spent 4 days in Zion. Definitely not enough to explore all that it has to offer us. There were so many moments where I felt Zion’s spiritual influence. I can see why the Mormon settlers gave the park’s formations such names as West Temple, Towers of the Virgin, Altar of Sacrifice, Abraham, Issac and Jacob’s Peaks, Temple of Sinawaya and the famous Angel’s Landing. Mormon settlers were awed by the beauty of this place and referred to it as “Zion” because it was reminiscent of the heavenly city described in the Little Zion – Old Testament. “These great mountains are natural temples of God. We can worship here as well as in the man-made temples in Zion, the biblical heavenly ‘City of God’.” I felt it too. The kids keep things pretty fast paced, but when I was allowed those rare moments of stillness I couldn’t help the feeling that I was connecting with something bigger than myself.
Only the promise of coming back made leaving Zion a little bit easier for me.
The Desert Pearl Inn was our home front while in Zion. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel right on the Virgin River. We were minutes from the park entrance and walking distance to all the restaurants and shops in Springdale. The boys loved exploring the banks of the river and watching the humming birds. So many of them! We even found one that was having trouble flying so my husband set in a spot that we hope gave it enough protection to keep it safe until it healed.
From where I stand I give thanks for what Zion has given me.