A bunch of ladies and I loaded into the car yesterday afternoon to hit the Subway in Zion National Park. It was a quick trip. We arrived at the hotel around 5 pm, picked up our rental equipment, and then enjoyed dinner at Oscars. Of course, we stayed up late gabbing and woke up bright and early to catch the shuttle. We had to have someone drop us off as we were hiking from top to bottom and needed to have our car waiting for us upon exiting the hike.
The Subway hike is only 10 miles, but we got lost. Yep, we failed to consult the map and spent the first 3 hours wandering around a rugged mountaintop. I finally asked to see the map and lo and behold, the directions were pretty clear. Had we pulled it out at the beginning we could have easily navigated our way, but now that we were certifiably lost, I decided to take charge and lead us all on a bushwacking expedition to where I felt the trail would begin. We all circle up for a word of prayer and then we cut down a cliff. It was fun and hard and so rewarding to finally come upon a cairn. We figured from here on out we’d be set. It was now 11:11 am and we began at the trailhead at 7:34 am. The sad thing is that we were only 2 miles into the 10 and we’d already wandered 5. BUT, we didn’t care because we were all together and we still had sufficient time to do what we came to do.
There is so much to share about this hike. The scenery was incredible. The rappels were amazing, but the women were the best. Honestly, we encountered some tough stuff and everyone handled it so epically. There was no whining, backbiting or fighting. I LOVED seeing everyone’s stellar character shine through. I was just amazed and grateful that I had such incredible friends.
We ended up hiking out in the dark and we got lost again–okay we were still on the trail, but we thought we were lost–but we made it back in the nick of time to return our gear, secure our discount, and head safely home. We hiked over 13 miles total and for over 13 hours. haha. It was quite the day. The drive was long and I arrived home at 2:15 am Tuesday morning and was asleep by 3 am and back up to start the day at 7 am. Gonna need a nap 🙂
Check out these amazing pictures of us hiking sunrise to sunset in the subway!