Editor's note: We learn new things in the most unexpected of ways and places, as one TX. writer has discovered. Here's the next in her occasional series of knowledge she's stumbled upon.
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Some Things I Learned From Southern Utah and Beyond
* Odd rock shops on the side of the road never get old, and people really do buy stuff there.
* Every animal can be adoptable, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab can help get them to that point.
* A backdrop of red rock and a starry sky is better than any indoor theater.
* The squirrels at Zion National Park know the sound of a food wrapper and a Ziploc bag. And they react very quickly -- these are not cuddly Willy Wonka squirrels, they will bite.
* Getting scraped on red rock can be as bad as walking through a junk yard. Make sure you clean your wounds and get a tetanus booster.
* Zion National Park has the richest diversity of plants in Utah with more than 800 species. Please step lightly.
* Most tourist attractions and hikes are in remote areas. Bring an extra set of keys in case yours get lost.
* The Grand Canyon's North Rim reaches elevations over 8,000 feet making it cool in the summer and, if you are lucky, letting you see a spectacular lightning storm (just be ready to hit the ground if it gets too close).
* I heard more European tourists at the Grand Canyon than American tourists. You are hours away from one of the most amazing holes in the ground in the world -- go see it!
* Water and food can be hard to find or very expensive so make sure to pack accordingly.
* There is only one spot in America where you can jump between four states in one giant geographical leap.
* Keep an eye peeled and see where some of your favorite movies were filmed, like "Planet of the Apes" and "Indiana Jones."
Rachel Badali will be a senior in Electronic High School. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.