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  • July 23, 2012. Outside the east gate of Zion National Park, Utah.
    Dylan Thomas (audio)

    There was a mile-long tunnel through a mountain in the middle of Zion, so I had to start walking at midnight. Otherwise I wouldn't be allowed through.

    It was pouring when I woke up in my tent, but the rain stopped as soon as I started walking. The lightning didn't stop, though. It was so dark I couldn't see twenty feet in front of me, but when the lightning struck, everything was revealed in brilliance. For an instant. Then it would go dark again, and I'd start wondering who was watching me walk among those rock giants of Zion. Or what.

    Before the nightwalk, though, Dylan and his girlfriend Cara let me camp outside their trailer. He built a fire, fixed us some white Russians, and played his guitar. "What you don't know is what you can't see," he sang. It wasn't Dylan singing this to me, it seemed, but instead something that was waiting for me in the pitch dark.

    You don't know until you see, when the lightning reveals everything in an instant.

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