Solar Power, Water, and the Promised Land
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land;
it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” –
Currently, Fran and I are travelling in the United States. There are so many natural wonders I could show from our discoveries… here is a bit about Zion National Park in Utah.
When it was first named as a National Monument it was originally known as Mukuntuweap, Southern Paiute for “land of the springs.” In this desert climate, the water that seeps from the canyon walls is said to not have seen sunlight for one to two thousand years.
The Hebrew meaning of Zion means the promised land – a place of refuge, safety and peace.
I’ll begin by showing how the National Park Service has built a visitor center that uses NO fossil fuels for heating and cooling. They also created a shuttle system that keeps much of the car traffic out of the park and eliminates tons of CO2 emissions. Now, old and young people hike and walk in the park in a quiet and slow experience of nature. The National Park Service also do not sell bottled water, and encourage us all to refill and re-use our own containers.
So, here it is… solar power and water, in the promised land.
Pretty simple eh? It’s called evaporative cooling.
And taking the bus is easier than driving.
Now, for the natural wonders…
The hanging gardens…
One of the emerald pools is above.
Do you see the waterfall that seeps out of them in the rock face below?
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
Cheers ~ Bruce