A Story From: United States
Read Time: ["10 to 15mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.
Overnight, a magic rock raises a boy and girl who had fallen asleep on top.
If You Like This Story You Will Love:
Retold by Elaine L. Lindy. ©2006. All rights reserved.
- The Rock:
Formerly called Tutokanula by the Miwok, this 3,000 granite rock formation is now known as El Capitan and is famous as the largest monolith in America. Located in Yosemite National Park in northern California, this impressive hunk of rock is where modern big wall climbing was invented. Rock climbers from around the world seek El Capitan to test their skills.Trivia: (from Wikipedia)
- El Capitan is the subject of the song "El Capitan" by the Scottish indie band Idlewood.
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier opens with Captain Kirk scaling El Capitan.
- El Capitan is also a circuit in the Playstation 2 games Gran Tarismo 4 and Tourist Trophy.The Miwok tribe & the Yosemite Valley:
When the Euro-American first arrived in northern California, Yosemite Valley was occupied by the Southern Sierra Miwok. The Miwok peoples harvested black oak acorns, hunted and fished, and traded items with the nearby Mono Lake Paiute for obsidian, rabbit skins, pine nuts, and other items. The discovery of gold in the Sierra foothills in 1848 brought thousands of gold-seekers to the area. Soon the natural beauty of Yosemite was discovered. By the middle of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to the state as the country's first public preserve.