Grand Canyon

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Jan 10, 2008


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What I did
Havasupai Falls Grand Canyon National Park
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Sunday, December 23, 2007

This morning I had breakfast with Beck and Megan at the lodge. Then we had to meet at the bus and travel to where the helicopters were.

It was only Teresse, Courtney, Kylie and I who were actually going into the Canyon. The rest were just doing the short flight around the Canyon.

We had to get weighed and then waited about an hour before we got into the helicopter. It probably took about 45 minutes until we started to descend into the Canyon. It was great. As we flew down we had a great view of the village and the surrounding area.

First off we had to pay the locals about $65 to be on their land. Next we decided we would hire horses which cost another $70. This was the best idea as we had no idea how far it was to the Havasupai water fall. I of course had the more energetic horse who decided he wanted to trot the whole way not walk!! His name was Eeyore. I hadn't been on a horse in five years after riding since I was 6. I enjoyed every moment of it.

We were lucky enough to have our own guide who happened to be 11 years old. They don’t usually have a guide take you the whole way but she obviously felt like coming with us.

On the way we passed a beautiful waterfall, a cemetery and many other things.

We had to tie up our horses and walk the rest of the way to the waterfall. As we got closer we found a small track which made its way down to the Waterfall. We had to go through a cave which I was a bit freaked about going through as I hate caves. But the other guys talked me round and I was fine.  After the cave we could see the waterfall close up and the extremely steep path down to the bottom. Well it wasn’t even a path. We had to climb down to the bottom using these poles and chains that have been planted into the cliff.  The people at the bottom seemed a bit shocked watching us come down as they had their hiking gear on and we came down with just our runners on and Teresse trying to carry her handbag. But it was well worth it. It was the only way to get down there. Kylie and Courtney bet money with some of the other guys that they would get into the water. Well they did and it looked freezing. After looking at the beautiful waterfall it was time to go back to the top. It was actually a lot quicker getting to the top but took a lot of strength getting up the first bit. My legs were a bit sore too after that. We walked back to the horses and then headed back to the village.

It was such a great feeling actually being in the Canyon and meeting the locals.

It did cost a bit of money but was well worth it for sure. It is something I will remember forever.

They had a little café there so we sat down and had a drink and spoke with our young guide.

We also met her younger brother and sister. They were all so cute. They wanted us to take lots of photos of them.

Next we sat outside and waited for our helicopter which would take us back. The kids followed us and waited with us. It was sad to leave this beautiful place but we had to. As our helicopter took off we could see our new friend’s wave goodbye from the village.

After a long day I had a quick shower and got ready for our Christmas party. It wasn’t Christmas yet but Cap said it was better to do it now rather than in Vegas.  I had diner first at the lodge with Teresse and Heather and Cap joined us also. Now was time for the party. We had to bring our presents along. We all had to take a number. In number order we had to go to the front and we could either choose a present from the table or take a present off someone else first. I ended up with a little clock that someone had brought from Sea World; the only other things left were calendars or a flamingo hat.

After our party it was off to bed as I was pretty tired after a long day and we were off to Vegas tomorrow!!

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