Wednesday, June 01, 2011

No Wonder the Mormons Settled in Utah

To me, heaven might look something like this valley in Utah.

My son, Noah Kirsch, a recent college graduate, is on a grand adventure. Yesterday he sent this photo from his campsite near Zion National Park in Utah.

It seems as though he and his buddy Robbie arrived at Zion looking to camp in the park and alas, there wasn't a single site available. They were so disappointed and weren't sure what they were going to do.

That's when a park ranger decided to be very, very kind. He took them aside and told them about this very special remote campground in the national forest outside the park.

They drove miles down this dirt road and ended up in the campsite from heaven.

The mountain in the distance is Mount Kinesava, elevation 7,276 feet. Up close, the mountain has sheer sides, a perfect challenge for the most daring rock climbers.

Having a son like Noah -- who turns 22 in four days -- is such a blessing. Part of the reason he called yesterday was to say that he was recalling all the times we'd gone hiking together as a family when he was a little boy. He wondered if, later this summer, we would meet him out in Utah, to do ... a little more hiking.

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