March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The Hopi, an Indian tribe, have a language as sophisticated as ours, but no tenses for past, present and future. The division does not exist. What does this say about time?

Matter, that thing the most solid and the well-known, which you are holding in your hands and which makes up your body, is now known to be mostly empty space. Empty space and points of light. What does this say about the reality of the world?”  – Jeanette Winterson


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Paria Canyon Wilderness

Paria Canyon Wilderness

The history of the area, however, can be traced to prehistoric times. Indeed, some archaeologists believe that the wilderness area was inhabited at least 10,000 years before the first Europeans stepped foot in the area in the mid 1770s. It is believed by some to have been a travel route between southern Utah and northern Arizona.

From approximately 200 A.D. to 1200 A.D., the area was inhabited by the Anasazis and later by the Paiute people. In fact, “Paria” (originally spelled “Pahreah”) is a Piute word that means “salty” or “muddy” water. These two civilizations left behind an inspiring array of petroglyphs and pictographs that can still be observed on many of the rock walls today.”

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Along Paria river

Along Paria river

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“We’re all people”, he said simply. “It doesn’t matter if you’re two, thirty-two, or ninety-two. Everyone wants to be treated with respect. Everyone wants to feel like they matter in this world.”  – Megan McCafferty

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