Travel Blogs from Havasupai, United States

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Going to Mooney Falls, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Going to Mooney Falls

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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     We had traveled to this place in the Grand Canyon, this place nearly 600 miles from home, because of a picture in a magazine. That picture, the whole reason we were here, was of Mooney Falls. On the second day of our trip, we set ...

The Dramatic Conclusion, Havasupai, United States travel blog

The Dramatic Conclusion

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

     The trip out of the canyon was entirely different than the trip in. We left at 5 a.m., which, as it turned out, wasn't nearly early enough to beat the sun to the open valley and the switchbacks. I had blisters. We didn't pack ...

Mule Trains, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Mule Trains

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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    While we may have embarked on this, our first backpacking expedition, underprepared, we did spend many hours researching the trip prior to our departure, which is how we came across information about the danger of flash floods. The ...

Entering the Village, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Entering the Village

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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... .      Walking along the trail getting nearer and nearer to the village we saw the rock formation that the Havasupai call Wii'gliva, which looks like two giant thumbs protruding from the canyon wall. As we got closer to town, the ...

Beginning the Trail, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Beginning the Trail

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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     After 12 hours of driving in our little Yaris from Sacramento, California to the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona, the sun had already set, leaving us unable to see past our headlights. We had turned off of Route 66 a few ...

The Hike to Beaver Falls, Havasupai, United States travel blog

The Hike to Beaver Falls

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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... Instead of dry shrubs and cacti, we were hiking through thick wild grapevines that sometimes extended far above our heads. The Havasupai describe the trail to Beaver Falls as "rustic," which we discovered means overgrown and difficult to follow. The trail ...

The Climb Down, Havasupai, United States travel blog

The Climb Down

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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I slowly, one step at a time, descended like a rock climber. As I reached the bottom I looked up to see Andrew concentrating on his foot and hand holds as he worked his way down. Some areas of the climb down were certainly made for people with longer ...

Reflecting, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Reflecting

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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As we packed up that night so that we would be ready to leave early in the morning, I started thinking about the quirky memories I would have from this trip.    I thought about Andrew, looking like a prospector with a teenage girl's backpack ...

Havasu Falls, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Havasu Falls

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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     Later that evening, we carried our sore bodies, now much lighter without the weight of the packs, up the hill to Havasu Falls, the destination of campers young and old alike. At first we watched - young kids sitting along the ...

Setting Up Camp, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Setting Up Camp

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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     After leaving the village, we knew we were close to - within two miles of - the campground. Even though we had this to look forward to, the final two miles were brutal. The sun, which was now directly overhead, and the sand, like ...

After the Switchbacks, Havasupai, United States travel blog

After the Switchbacks

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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The long, rocky downhill of the switchbacks didn't last more than a mile or two before we had reached flatter land. Glancing back up to the parking lot, it seemed unimaginable that we had walked down what now looked like a sheer cliff. Not only was the ...

Admiring the Shade, Havasupai, United States travel blog

Admiring the Shade

A travel blog entry by mlbalmeo

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... all of its glory to its more desirable and generally more sought-after counterpart, sunlight. Shade became our lifeline in the Havasupai region. Generally, it was 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the shade. Shade also kept us from burning, which could happen ...

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