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Havasupai, AZ
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14 by photographer avatarBarrett
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Havasupai, AZ 
Havasupai, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 24 1997
Barrett
Backpack21.00 Miles 2,514 AEG
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Like anyone else upon seeing a picture of Havasu Falls for the first time, Karen and I were blown away and began planning a trip. We booked 2 nights in the Supai Lodge, opting for maximum comfort, and soon were standing at Hulupai Hilltop, looking down those first switchbacks.
The hike down was misleading, looking dry and not particularly scenic, but a little at a time, water appeared. First a trickle, then some moss and ferns, and soon a stream changed the character completely. When we finally arrived at Supai, the contrast of red rock overhead and green below was picture perfect. We approached the Lodge as dusk approached, only to find the doors locked and lights out. I knocked, and knocked again - nothing. :o I didn't recall my reservations saying anything about hours of operation, so after waiting long enough for perhaps a lone employee to get out of the bathroom, I pounded. It wasn't even dark yet, and we did not bring camping gear. I would have made do, but I had my wife to consider.
Pounding worked pretty well, and a groggy clerk opened and checked us in with no apology or explanation.
In the morning we hiked down to Navajo Falls, where we swam and watched people jump from the top, barely clearing the rocks below. I explored the ravine on the left, which led up to an amazing grotto and some of my favorite pictures from the trip. I spent at least an hour trying to keep my camera dry, and didn't see a single soul.
From there it was on to Havasu Falls proper, a postcard in 3D Surround Sound if there ever was one. Words fall short. Once again I found a gem on the right side of the falls and up a bit, where a comfortable cave sat, the thunder of the falls and drifting mist just outside.
We spent most of the day here, playing in the travertine tubs and enjoying the perfect temps, before heading down to Mooney Falls. Karen made me proud with her down climb of the perilous route, and once again we enjoyed the fantastic combination of blue water/red rock/blue sky that is so perfectly balanced here. The hours flew by, and soon we found ourselves hiking back to our room in the dreamlike dusk.
In the morning we checked out, and started up the trail, where we were joined by a limping dog that became our close friend almost to the base of the switchbacks before heading back. The rising heat and full sun made the hike up to the hilltop pretty rough, and we made full use of the pool at the Grand Canyon Caverns Motel that night. The next day we toured the caverns (awesome), having the tour guide to ourselves. The motel and caverns were for sale, with an asking price of 1 million at the time. Business seemed pretty slow, as we were one of only two cars in the motel parking lot overnight. In the morning I went for a walk, enjoying the atmosphere of an abandoned gas station along old Route 66 in the morning desert silence. 8)
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