Thursday, August 14, 2008

Havasupai

Well, it is about time that I blog about our amazing trip to Havasupai. We went July 24-28. The crew consisted of: Me, Eric, My dad, brother Don, practically brother Will, sister Camla, Eric's Dad, Eric's sis Amber, Eric's bros Daniel & Jared, our nephew Chase, cousin Cami, and Ambers two friends. VERY fun group!!

In case you aren't aware with the Havasupai experience, here is a small overview. It is a back packing trip on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. You typically start hiking around 3 or 4 in the morning so that you don't have to hike in the sun. You hike 2 miles down switch backs and then 6 miles through the canyon to the little Indian reservation "Supai" where you check in and pay for your stay. Then you hike 2 more miles, this time through sand (BLAH), to the campground. The whole time you are down there you hike a TON to different water falls, caves, and such, and just play a ton. It really is a tiring but totally worth it trip! When you hike out, you leave in the evening when the sun in close to setting. The first 8 miles aren't horrible, but are still totally tiring and totally wear you out for the 2 miles of switchbacks, this time UP hill, at the end of the hike. When you finally finish the hike, you wonder why you do it time and again, and then a couple months later you realize why...because it is AMAZING and no other experience is quite like it.

Here are some pics.

Eric and I on the hike down - let me tell you, the waist strap is not so comfy on a prego belly

Camla - a total trooper, she rocked it out!!

Will, Don, Cami, and Dan


Our campsite - me napping

Amber's friend, Amber, and Dad

Will, Don, and Cami

Hiking to Beaver Falls

The helicopters flying the porta-potties out for cleaning

The WAY cool hike down to Mooney falls


Eric at Mooney

Don & Will

Pretty River

AWESOME Dad

Eric and Jared being completely crazy - they hooked ropes to this old medal ladder that goes up to a mine and then climbed to the top. Each of the rungs were like 5 feet apart. Thankfully, there were no accidents or slips!!

Another perspective

Cam, Me, and Don

6 comments:

Megan Griffin said...

You guys are always going fun places!

Jacob and Rachel Ellis said...

What a fun trip. It really is beautiful there. You are such a trooper for doing that trip while pregnant. It would have wiped me out. Your awesome!

Lindsay said...

You are sweet! I can't wait to actually hold my baby. Time is flying for you too!!! I heard whit is prego. I am excited for her. all of our kids will be friends. love ya

The Dally Llama said...

Looks like you timed your trip there just right. A few weeks later, and you would have been flooded out. -I'm assuming you saw the news about them having to evacuate Supai, right?

And seriously, you have to be the toughest person I know. The hike and the heat were almost the death of me, and I wasn't pregnant at the time. Tough as nails, Dmitri. I'm impressed.

Alison said...

Man, I am really jealous you got to go. I'm impressed you went while pregnant, when I was that far along I needed about 12 hours of sleep each day. And I agree with the dally llama, you are lucky to have seen the place before all the flooding.

Kari Ann said...

How fun! I love that place!! I am jealous. I want to go back soon, but two kids puts a little bit of a damper on these kinds of trips. Live it up while you can.