Adventures in Zion

If you haven’t been to Zion National Park yet, I highly recommend that you go if you get a chance.  Words can’t describe the amazing energy and beauty of that place.  The scenery is unreal, so unreal I felt as if I stepped right into a postcard or a movie.

Let me take you to the beginning on how I found out about this magical place.  A few months ago, I was checking my email and a breathtaking picture caught my eye on the home page titled, “Subway – bucket list worthy.”  I had to find out where this was because I love finding new beautiful places to visit.  I found out the Subway is in Zion National Park and the hike was described as very difficult with some repelling, rock climbing, and river crossings.  I immediately wanted to do it because I love a good challenge and the pictures were beyond amazing if that’s even possible.

I found out that many people wanted to visit this place and that you have to enter into a lottery to obtain a permit.  I applied for a permit but realized the odds of me obtaining a permit were pretty low because of the amount of people applying.  So, I just put the intention out there and thought “if I don’t get it, oh well. I’m not attached to it.”  I completely forgot about it and then a month or two later, I received an email saying that I had obtained the permit! I couldn’t believe it! 

A couple of people ended up not being able to make it so it ended up just being my friend Leanne and I.  This was the first time we have ever camped and gone “Into the Wild” without a male presence.  I’m always used to allowing a man to take responsibility with setting up the tent, building the fire, and finding the way around the wilderness.  I knew that we both needed to do this for ourselves since we are going on journeys that will force us to rely on no one but ourselves in rural parts of the world.  This ended up being exactly what we needed, to show us that we can do all of the things we didn’t think we could do on our own.  It was very liberating.

We ended up arriving at our campsite close to midnight which worried me because we would have to set up the tent without much light, but to our surprise, we set it up in less than 5 minutes!  We were super excited about that!  We didn’t sleep well the first night because we kept waking up in the middle of the night due to strong winds.  We would wake up and laugh so hard because the wind was pushing the sides of the tent into our faces.  I know it sounds like that situation would be more annoying and frustrating for us, but for some reason, it was the funniest thing.

The next day we woke up and started the hike to the Subway around 10am.  Right before the hike we found out from the ranger station that someone died trying to get to the Subway the day before and that the body was still there because they couldn’t extract it yet.  I thought to myself “What are we getting ourselves into?”  The hike was described as being very difficult, with some rock climbing, extreme route finding, and river crossings.  Of course, I thought “difficult? Yeah right! How hard can it be?” Well, they were right.  It ended up being difficult.  There wasn’t a path to follow for most of the hike, we had to climb over boulders and trees, and we had to get our feet wet crossing the river.  We didn’t see a single person for 3 hours which caused us to worry.  I brought a compass but when it came time to use it, I realized we both didn’t even know how to use one! My initial thought at the time I was purchasing it was, “how hard could it be to read a compass?”  Well, take it from me, learn before you go!

Finally after 3 hours, we saw the first sign of human life! We were so excited to see people and found out that indeed, we were on the right track. Phew! We finally got to the subway and it ended up being well worth the trek.  I couldn’t believe a place like it existed! The hike ended up being about 8-9 miles long and took about 8 hours to complete.  We felt so happy and accomplished to have finished the hike without getting lost or injured.  Here are a couple of pictures that I took.

On the way to the Subway

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Subway

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There is an amazing feeling that comes from doing something challenging or scary in life and stepping through the fears and doubts to accomplish your goal.  I think this is why I am drawn to challenging things and adventures.  I like to constantly keep testing myself and affirm my belief that I can do whatever it is I put my mind to.  We also both learned to trust our intuition and have faith that everything will work out and it did.  Another huge lesson that affects other aspects of my life.

The next day we did a hike called The Narrows.  It was pouring rain in the morning and the park rangers warned us not to attempt this hike because there was a high probability of flash floods.  The entire hike consists of walking either through the river or on the bank so there isn’t any higher ground to run to in case of flash floods.

Even though there were many warnings from various people not to hike The Narrows, we decided to do it anyway.  I tend to go with what feels right and I had this overwhelming sense that everything would be okay.  So being the crazy people that we are, we went for it. The minute that we started our hike, the clouds and rain went away and turned into clear blue skies.  This hike doesn’t require a permit and is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on.  It seems like the scenery just kept getting better and better.  I felt like I was saying “This is so beautiful” and “This is amazing” just about every 5 minutes!  I really felt like I was in a scene out of the movie Avatar. We ended up hiking for about 6 hours or so and as we ended our hike, the clouds and the rain came back.  How crazy is that?  Here are a few pics I took of The Narrows.

The Narrows

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I can’t wait to go back.  There are so many other hikes that I still want to do but couldn’t fit in our schedule.  Overall, Zion left such an impact on us, that we still can’t stop talking about the trip to this day!

4 Comment

  1. Gorgeous scenery! Me and my girlfriend have added this to our list of hikes to do!

    1. That’s so cool! You won’t be disappointed at all!

  2. We just got back from Zion last night and it was a TRULY AMAZING experience. We ended up renting the gear for The Narrows because the river was numbing. It has got to be one of the best adventures I’ve done. Next time, I’ll try hiking top-down. Happy Trailing!

    1. I’m glad it worked out even though it was cold. I definitely want to go back there again next year! That place is magical!

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