Setting Up Camp

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 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 thick pudding swallowing our shoes, sucked the life out of us. The packs felt heavy to the point of being unbearable, and we couldn't stop our bodies from sweating.  As we finally came down the last hill into the campground, we could hear not only the pound of the waterfalls to our left and right, Navajo Falls and Havasu Falls, but the sounds of kids laughing and screaming.
     We quickly found our campsite, a nice shaded area with direct access to the bubbling water below. Instantly, we trekked down to the water to cool off. After cooling off, we set up camp and took some time to relax and rejuvenate.
     The point of the stream where our campsite was situated had a series of tiny waterfalls, and we often passed the time sitting in the small pool of water that collected with rock walls that form in the stream over time. We would amuse ourselves watching the tiny fish that were caught or laughing at the people who would drift by in inner tubes, nearly catapulting themselves into trees along the bank. So despite, having to use smelly Port-a-Potties and worrying about whether or not we could drink the water, our campsite and campground was serene and peaceful.
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