Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Warning: Long post with lots of pictures.

5 dollar......5 dollar footloooooooong.................whoops, sorry, wrong Subway. This post is about the Subway located in Zion National Park. While on our mini St. George vacation we ventured over to the Subway, a hike in Zion canyon backcountry, with Brandon and Meredith. Back country means there are no rangers, fewer tourists and very few signs telling you where to go. Speaking of which.....in some of our other posts we can given travel tips.......well, let me give you this hiking tip: do NOT hike the Subway unless you have clear, specific directions.

The Subway is a slot canyon with freezing water, even in the middle of summer. We rented wetsuits to combat the cold and headed out into oblivion around noon. We ended up finishing at 9 p.m. (yes, 9 hours later) with about 5 minutes to spare before it was too dark to see. Another 20 minutes and we would have had to stay the night in the canyon. Let's just say that as the "leader", it would have been a LONG drive back the next morning had we been forced to stay the night.

In our adventures we got lost for a bit, scaled down the face of a cliff, and later back up another, repelled without any experience, swam through freezing water, Lesley's feet almost fell off due to her wearing water socks (another hiking tip: don't wear water socks....we didn't realize how much of the hike is not in the water), and almost ended up with a "we spent the night on a cliff, but the Lord protected us" story for the Ensign . Despite all that, it was a great, great hike that I would recommend to someone who wants a serious hiking experience. It is hard and long, but you will see some of the coolest terrain you've seen in your life.

You start out walking over this slickrock which is cool in its own right

This is us hiking down to the bottom of this picture on the left. We scrambled down rocks and tree roots and found a way down. It was a lot steeper than the pictures on the right depict.

We look pretty dang good in our wetsuits.

So even with a wetsuit, the water was freezing. Here's a part where you had to get all the way in and swim. Check out Meredeith's video too to get an idea of how shockingly cold it was.

Entering the parts that give the hike its name......Subway

The longest repel of the day. Much longer and scarier than any of us were prepared for. But thanks to Eagle Scout Brandon we were able to make it through.

More parts of the Subway section. These little pools were so cool. Again, one of the most unique places I have ever seen.

One our way out of the Subway section as the canyon opens up. From here to scenery changed as did our attitudes. And then about 4 hours later we finally finished the hike.

So if you're ever down in that neck of the woods and want an amazing hike, check this one out. Just learn from our mistakes and make sure you get yourself some directions.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Comcastic Tip

We have cable and internet through Comcast, and over the past 6-9 months our bill just kept going higher and higher. Part of it was because we got a DVR, which is worth every penny, but that didn't seem to explain how high it was. So in an effort to reduce some monthly expenses, we decided to downgrade our package a bit. Maybe get rid of HD or go to a lower channel package (who watches the Hallmark Channel anyway?).

So I called up Comcast to see about downgrading and how much it would save us. The sales rep I talked to had another thing in mind. He offered to expand our tv package, let us keep HD, as well as the high speed internet, and still discount our bill $50 a month. 50 bucks! It's a promotion for existing customers and good for one year. At the end of that year I'll either call in again to see if they have new promotions or get satellite. Anyways, I just thought I'd share that tid bit with everyone. If you have Comcast, it might be worth a call saying you want to downgrade or cancel and see what they give you. A 10 minute called saved us 600 bucks over the next year. Why didn't I do this 6 months ago? Do you know how many Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers from Wendy's I could have eaten with that money? A lot.....that's how many.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Is It Football Season Yet?

With the NBA Finals boring me, I've already turned my attention to football season. I can't wait. This video is also posted on my Cougar Crazies blog. Hopefully things on that blog will start picking up as the seasons inches closer. This video reminded me just a little bit how great it is to be a Cougar. And if you need more reason to honor your heritage, check out the video on the left.