By Stephanie Goldberg
Today started out with a five hour drive (which did mean extra nap and bonding time!) but the ride was well worth it as we pulled into Zion National Park. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen or been. I can’t even put into words how magnificent the scenery was. We took a hike on the Narrows trail. It wasn’t the huge rock climb we thought it would be. Rather, it was a mile long path through giant rock formations. I have never seen trees so green or water so pretty. Halfway up the path we rested while Adam, a staff member, spoke about how the earth was formed and how we need to start conserving our natural resources. At the end of the path we were able to walk into the river and cool off and rest. We then walked back down the path to our bus where Carlton, the bus driver, was waiting for us.
We checked into our hotel and had some time to change and clean up. We then went to a nearby park for Friday night services. Tonight we practiced Reconstructionist Judaism which has a strong belief in nature as a way to relate to God. I knew almost nothing about this branch of Judaism. Learning about it was cool but experiencing it was even cooler. Everyone commented that this may have been their favorite Shabbat service they have ever been to here or back home. We all participated in it and felt a deep sense of spirituality.
We then came back to the hotel for a Billary (Billy & Hillary… 2 members of our staff) BBQ grilled dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs and other things. The night ended with a beautiful lightning storm here in Hurricane, Utah!