Entering the Village

Trip Start Jul 02, 2007
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Trip End Jul 06, 2007


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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

     After walking through the narrow part of the canyon, we were both tired, and the day was getting increasingly hotter, forcing us to rest more frequently. After about six miles, the canyon widened and we were much more exposed to the sun that was nearing overhead. After a brief walk through the open area, the terrain began to change again, with the foliage becoming thicker. We began to hear running water, and it wasn't long before we reached a stream.
     After stopping to check out the stream and cool off a bit, we continued along the trail, which was now following the stream. We could feel the village getting closer, as signs began to pop up and we were forced to cross a foot bridge over the now fairly wide stream. We stopped near an abandoned shack, resting and grabbing a drink of water.
     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 rocks and dirt beneath our feet became sand. After rounding a hill and turning a corner, we found ourselves entering the town of Supai.
     The village consists of several plots of land with houses that flank both sides of the road. The people travel on horseback or by helicopter; there are no cars. The small town housed a lodge, café, school and church, and the people were generally friendly, though keeping to themselves. We stayed in the village only long enough to check in at the camping office, pay our fees, and get tags for our bags.
     While we were there, we witnessed the arrival of some "campers" via helicopter, making the trip that took us five hours in a mere five minutes. We tried not to resent them for how clean and comfortable they looked.
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