So somehow I convinced my adventurous cousin Erica and her geologist husband Mark to make the trek with us. Yes, we are planning on returning soon. And yes, I don't think it is going to be hard to convince them to go back!
Now I recognize sometimes I tend to exaggerate. I like to live in the moment and so there are many places that are the best places ever, the most magical, the most beautiful. But I can not think of a place on earth that could top what we saw in our short visit. It was fun planning for and packing for such a unique trip.
So without further ado.... our trip to Havasupi.
|Team Montana vs. Team St. George|
For those that don't know.... Havasupi starts with an 8 mile hike down to the village called Supai. It's a drop of 2,500 feet deep into a tributary canyon of the Grand Canyon. If you look close in the first picture you can see the beginning of the switchbacks...
I had seen pictures of Havasupai. I knew the water in the pools was going to be a brilliant blue. I still don't know what I was expecting and why I was so blown away when I saw the creek for the first time. It was unbelievable. I had never and probably never will see anything like it. It wasn't just the pools that were brilliant, everywhere the water was, it was that color!
So from the village we hiked the last "two" miles to the camp. I used quotation marks because because this was hands down the hardest part of the trip. I thought the only fresh water was in the village so we loaded up on 6-7 liters of water each adding 12-14 pounds to our already heavy packs.......... AND it was now almost noon making it a blistering 100 degrees with the sun beating down on us through soft sand. But man oh man was it worth when we saw this.
This area the water was seeping through the rock... like Weeping Rock in Zions? But it was so brilliant green with lush vegetation! It was unreal.
|Jason thinking of what type of flip to do.|
It was unreal. Words can't describe how incredible the experience was. We got up early the next morning to hike out. It was a glorious trip.