The walls we find in the wilderness are not like the walls we find in cities, in office buildings, and separating one nation from another.
The walls in the wilderness are sheer, rugged cliffs that rise to each side, drawing our eyes to their heights and giving us a sense of remote, wilderness quiet.
Hop Valley in Zion National Park (Utah, USA) is one of these places of wonder and quiet. Once the trail descends into the valley, the hiker finds himself or herself in a place that seems very isolated indeed, even though there is a clear trail to let one know that others have been here before, and will be here again. One may even meet another hiker or two, or even a party of walkers.
But because most of the visitors to Zion choose to stay on the popular (and extremely beautiful) trails, it is possible for the person willing to take another road to find themselves in a place less crowded, less jostling, less filled with activity and noise and bustle.
It is here, in this quiet area surrounded by the sheer rock walls of the canyon, that one can think and wonder, observe and discover, walk and simply be. Increasingly, in our society of constant development and building and commerce, it is difficult to find times and places of quiet and peace, and it is for this reason, no doubt, that millions of people travel to Zion National Park each year.
They want to get away. They want to be someplace where there is nature, where the landscape possesses a timelessness and solidarity, where you can stand and imagine standing in the same spot 300 years ago, and see pretty much the same sight.
But life would have been different – slower, less pushed by technology, free from advertising and slogans and the constant push to buy, work harder, perform, do better. But we don’t realize this until we get to a place that is quiet enough, peaceful enough, that we are able to think.
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May 16th, 2019
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