A view of Havasu from the top of the trail.
We did it, and we're back! We hiked to Havasu Falls. Really it's one of those things that words cannot describe. You must see it in person. The bright orange canyon walls and the aqua blue water is southwestern storybook. It's an imagined Paradise actualized.
The closest you can stay in a hotel to the Havasupai reservation is between 2 and 3 hours away. This is an indication of the remoteness of the area. After driving through miles and miles of chalky dry scrub covered land you arrive at the hilltop parking area on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Then you begin the "moderately difficult" hike into the canyon. I found the description to be accurate. Although I reveled in every minute of it, trying to absorb the tall canyon walls and rock formations.
Several miles into the hike the rock color begins to turn from chalky to a sunset orange. About 8 miles into the hike you begin to see bright green appear and you can feel the slight moisture in the air. Then suddenly you turn a corner and there is a sparkling aqua blue stream cutting its way through the bottom of the canyon. The stream continues to grow and wind its way through to Supai Village, a little further to Navajo Falls, two miles further to Havasu Falls, another two miles to Mooney Falls, then on to Beaver Falls and the Colorado River.
Supai village deserves a post of it's own. So, I'll do that later.
I had a surprise waiting for me when I got home- Garlic!!! This is the first time I have ever been successful growing garlic. Hey persistence is the key to everything!!!!