Planning for major adventures is both exciting and stressful. First, I worry about my transportation. I'm not ashamed to say I have a minivan, although I don't exactly brag about it (but I am grateful... it's been a good van). We bought it at 20,000 miles and it now has 100,600 miles. I'm just praying nothing snaps or falls off. It's a very comfortable ride but this is a long journey....
As for where I'm going with my travel buddy, it's called Havasu Falls and is the most remote location in the U.S. We make our way to the edge of the Grand Canyon and park in Havasupai Hilltop, then take a 10 mile hike down into the Canyon and arrive in Supai Village, Navajo nation. It's so remote that mail arrives by mule.. no wifi or cell reception or silly things like that. And I'm so looking forward to that aspect of it.
The tricky part is coordinating the bookings at the Supai Lodge, which is booked for all the dates I wanted to originally go so we're having to go much sooner than expected. Most of March is already booked solid throughout the summer and some of the fall. There is a nice camping ground but my traveling buddy has no intention of camping in the campground! That's fine, maybe next time! The coordination comes in when I try to find availabilities at the lodge that coincide with the weird helicopter schedule. We're flying out of the canyon.... although I could, I'm just not hiking 10 miles uphill out of the canyon, not this time. With only two days to fly out we have to find dates at the lodge available for the days prior to the day we went to fly out... it's like playing a shell game. My mind is hurting from remembering the weird chopper schedule and the dates available at the lodge along with the prayerful hope they'll be available at the same time.
Yes, apparently the color of the water really is aqua. It's been on my bucket list for several years to visit Havasupai Canyon but had no idea it would take such multi-tasking.
Thankfully there's a small little town near the Havasupai Hilltop (where we start our hike) where we can spend the night before our adventure. We're going to need a good night's sleep, especially me, after 10 hours of driving. And fun for me, it's on the famous Rt. 66 so there are lots of cool photo ops along the way.
I'll do a review of the adventure, of course, when I return and won't talk about exactly when or where I am, due to a small but lethal population of nutjobs who like to pose a threat to travelers... I know there's a lot of talk amongst travel bloggers to "go it alone" and as much as I like to do that, and do, I'm not going to advertise it ahead of time. Maybe it's the mom in me but I'm just kinda cautious like that.
I'm planning a couple other stops on the way home that I'll talk about later, but for now I've gotta concentrate on this leg of the planning.
***For a really outstanding guide to the Havasu Falls, I recommend Brendan Van Son's On Location in Havusa Canyon. He has an awesome You Tube video of his recent experience there as well.
I also have to give a proper shout out to the hubby who supports me in these endeavors. He's an active duty soldier and doesn't need the stress of worrying about me gallivanting here and there, or the investment of funds these excursions take, but he picks up the slack, takes care of the kids and covers the bases while I'm gone. So thank you!