Sunday, July 12, 2009

Zion's Subway

We did it!! We hiked the famous Subway in Zions National Park. Yay!!!


9 miles of sand, slippery rock, gigantic canyon walls, freezing cold water, and gorgeous, breath-taking views!

The pictures above and below show our descent into the Subway.



And then we started hitting water.
Everything got wet. Thank goodness for water-proof bags that protected our cameras, our warm clothes, our lunch....




This was my favorite - and hardest - part of the hike. See that perfectly round boulder stuck between the canyon walls? Here we had to repel ourselves down into the coldest water I've ever experienced and the water was over our heads. Then we had to swim through 3 caverns to reach where I'm now standing. It was so cold you had a hard time speaking and focusing until you were out of the water.
Finally, I'd like to thank Lands End. These shoes were on sale 3 weeks before we left and arrived just in time. They held up against everything and were oh-so-comfy.


Hiking the Subway has to be in the top 10 "greatest experiences" list of my life. It was amazing. And part of what made it so great was hiking with Greg's brothers and sisters (and spouses). So much fun! And our fearless leader - Dave!! We would not have made it through without him.

We are already planning a second trip next summer. This is destined to become an annual McKinnon tradition.

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11 comments:

Alison said...

Wow.

Just wow.

And you even had earrings on.

Wow.

Steph said...

Wow! I'm impressed! Looks like a fun adventure!

Erin said...

You made it!!! Good job! Looks like a challenge but fun. I think the cold water would have been hard. Glad you guys were able to get away. There's nothing like focusing on your physical skills to help you regroup. Hope the kids did well while you were away.

Jessica Brown said...

What a fun hike! Those pictures make me want to do it too. Ahh I miss Utah.

Britt said...

So AWESOME!! I'm glad you're still alive! And I love Greg's "spooky voice" in that clip!

Amber said...

You rock, I could never do something like that. This is me giving you a round of applause...clap,clap,clap,clap!! :)

Carleton & Robyn said...

Looks so beautiful and fun. I love that area.

Darleen said...

Beautiful! I want to go hike that!! So many cool things to see.

Staci said...

Fun, fun fun. What an adventure.

McKay Missy and Boys said...

Congratulations!

kj said...

That looks like so much fun! And the no kid part makes it look even more enjoyable.