Many, many years ago, my brother and I made a very long trek almost across the entire country. The plan was to visit the California coast and everything in between, but somewhere around Idaho I opened my mouth.
Jay: “So where did you want to go?”
Jeff: “California…why, you don’t want to go there? Huh? Is that what you’re saying? You want to just make a left and head South through Utah so we can visit Bryce and Zion? Yeah man, I’m on board. Let’s do that!!!”
Well, it was something like that. What I remember most is freezing my butt off in Montana while waking up to a horse of some sort looking straight at me through the windshield. And if you don’t believe me, check out this “Street View” of exactly where we were. It was Gardiner, Montana and we arrived at night. Everything was booked so we had to sleep in the car (again). Boy, things sure looked different in the morning.
That day, we headed back into Yellowstone, visited Mammoth Hot Springs and the bathroom nearby. Before we left for the trip, my brother and I came to an agreement that we’d both try to grow beards. That morning was my breaking point because of the itch. I remember leaning over the sink in the bathroom cringing as my straight blade was tearing the hair from my chin. All they offered was freezing water. Jeez.
We talked about our trip a few nights ago and I suggested that if my brother was to ever head out that way again, he should forego the “in between” states and just fly to Utah, or some area he’d be interested in spending some time. While we did have an adventuresome trip, we were absolutely exhausted at its end. In this day and age, I’d rather take a week to really experience one location.
Which brings me to a rather well kept secret to most people on this earth. While everyone knows of Zion National Park, chances are, those same people have never heard of “The Subway.” The Subway is a valley in the park that consists of a hike lasting about 9.5 miles. It’s breathtaking and even GrindTV says it’s worthy of your bucket list.
Utah’s nature-made subway ride is Bucket List worthy
But don’t take my word for it, you can easily watch tons of videos on Youtube where people hike through the valley. One that I found particularly good is posted below.
The Subway – Zion by Petre Pruneanu
I’m going to write a few more of these types of posts because I know of some great hiking locations, so stay tuned.
Oh yeah, during our trip out West, we took tons of video. Upon our return, my brother compiled what we did and burned it all on CD in the form of a movie. He cleverly added a song to the last few minutes that we’ve fittingly dubbed, “Probably the best ending song for any video out there.”
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southern Cross