Monday, April 5, 2010

Havasupai and roughing it--I lived...

Let me begin by saying I'm not THAT girl. That cool one that hikes and runs and bikes and loves it.

No I'm not really that girl. I'm kinda a girly girl and sure I'll do the things mentioned above but I drag my feet. I do end up loving that I either a) did it and thoroughly enjoyed myself like biking/cycling or b) I am thankful I lived through it like running or hiking.

My husband, however, loves to hike and bike and is one with the outdoors... well except for running, he only runs if he's chased.

Anyway... I just didn't want you guys to be fooled into believing that I'd rather rough it on the ground wearing Teva's or running/cross training shoes than dressing up to the nines and being treated to a nice steak dinner and staying at a 5 star hotel somewhere and spending loads and loads of money on myself.

Wanted to make sure that was crystal clear. If my genetics didn't call for me to do physical exercise in order to stay healthy or my husband didn't love it so much, trust me, I'd never do it.

Moving along...I am actually happy I did this with my Husband. He loves this stuff and the place we went to Havasupai is so incredibly beautiful! It's this Oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert. Amazing. But also one of the hardest hikes I've ever done and I finished that very happy I lived through it... because there were times I thought I wasn't going to make it.

Anyway... To those I was honored to go with. Thank you so much for one of the best experiences of my life... even if I almost killed someone with my water bottle and had to actually sleep on the ground with our kid play tent! heh! It was so cool and something I will always treasure, especially because I got to bond and get to know you guys more!

Onto the pictures:

This is where I am happy. Morning of the first day before I hiked 10 miles. Gotta love optimism!

YAY! Love this group! I'm the only one missing (that is on purpose) someone's got to press the button!

That red and blue is NOT edited. It was piercing. Almost hurt to look up at the colors were so bright.

MSM is hanging from a cliff... mission impossible style.

MSM and I... thought that rock was cool just sticking out of there. It was massive. See us compared to it at the bottom of the pic there?

There was a massive flood 2 years ago and according to the people that went before the flood... this is a major change. That green use to be through that whole area. This waterfall is new since the flood. Called the New Navajo Falls.

There are two parts to the falls. This is the second part up close. The water is SOOOO clear.

This is Havasu Falls. There are people down there so you can see how BIG it is... It looked so inviting to swim in. My mantra because I googled the place before I went was that the water is a cool 70 degrees year round. Can you see how blue and clear it is?

You have to hike down this cliff face to get to Mooney Falls. It's worth it. But let me tell you... I feared for my life... and this sign right before you head down to scale the side of a mountain isn't to promising...

I waved because I'm a trooper...but I was a bit woozy and surely thought it was suicidal to take a picture at that time!

Anyway... this is a better look... yet it really doesn't capture how freaky it was...

Here's another look at Mooney Falls.

If this doesn't look like a Honey Moon Classic picture in Hawaii or something like that... I don't know what does... bwaahahaha I died when I saw that. There ya go... we look young enough to have just gotten married right? It's okay to lie when I ask you directly!

Go ahead and mock us in comments.

It won't matter... I hiked out of that canyon and lived to tell the tale. I can't even tell you what an accomplishment that is it's something you HAVE to experience.

Hope you all had a good Easter weekend!


22 comments:

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

You go girl. Wahooo!!!! Very impressive. How long will you be sore, I wonder?

Missed you guys at lunch, I am sure it was a hoot.

Maybe next time.

Amber said...

Thats so cool! and so pretty!

T said...

you absolutely look young enough to have just gotten married - maybe even young enough to have been a 2nd or 3rd wife? (okay, not THAT young - your carte blanche for lying won't let me go that far...)

looks like fun - the ManOfTheHouse has been wanting to go there for years... I should probably give in, as long as he promises the 5 star hotel comes right after (complete with the massage and pedicure)

Always Home and Uncool said...

What? No post hike photos with you begging for dear life. Or pounding the hubby into lifetime submission.

From Tracie said...

I am as far from a hiker as anyone could possibly be, but I have always wanted to do Havasupai. It is so beautiful! Maybe next year when I visit my family in Arizona I will talk myself into finally doing it!

Kristina P. said...

Good for you! Looks like it's worth it. That place is gorgeous!

Vodka Logic said...

Looks amazing. One pick looks so barren and the next so lush and green, what a beautiful part of the country,

No teasing, the pictures are amazing.

Barbaloot said...

I hate hiking with a fiery passion---but I fake want to do Havasupai one day. We'll see...

Mae Rae said...

Congratulations to YOU! That is quite a feat. I would love to do something like that but certainly not in Teva's

DCHY said...

Aww you got me beat in terms of sheer exercise. I drove my family 5 hours on Friday to see my sister, swam with the kids lunchtime, ate dinner with my sis, swam again afterwards, slept 6 hours, swam with the kids before breakfast, ate a huge one, went shopping for things we forgot to pack, ate lunch, napped after lunch, hung out with sis, ate a huge dinner, slept 7 hours, swam with the kids before breakfast, ate a big one, went to the zoo for 4 hours, and drove the family home. Yep, you got me beat on that one. ;) Loved the pictures.

Homer and Queen said...

Kill me now...I'm afraid of heights!

Anjeny said...

Aww Shelle, I'm so proud of you..look how you've gone and all grown up on me..eheheh.

But seriously, that looks totally like fun. I'm not that much of an outdoorsy girl either and I'd probably scream and scratch too if I were to go hiking like that(my hub loves the outdoors and hiking too) yet I'd do it just to prove I can do it if I have to, you know.

Those pictures are soooo beautiful, I want to go there too. The water does look absolutely beautiful, I want to dive in. It really does look worth all the hiking, climbing, sliding or whatever the heck you do to get there...LOL.

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks said...

So pretty! Great pictures and looked like fun!

Chief said...

way to go crazy chick! no broken collar bones or legs!

Mama Belle said...

Great pics!

Candice said...

Wow, those pictures are amazing. What a beautiful place.

I will admit that I would have probably dooked in my shorts coming down. That's a little too scary for me!

Cherie said...

OH MY GOSH Shelle! That looks totally freakin awesome!!! Seriously, I was drooling over your explanation and pictures - I would love to do something like that.
So glad you got to go.
And girl, you rocked that scary climb - it made me a little frightened just to look at the picture.

Robyn Brown said...

I went in High School, it is so pretty. I remember the long hike-good for you! I don't think I would be much for it now.

mother goose said...

that is amazing and I love your pictures! I am deathly afraid of heights! Like FREAK OUT, CANT move, FREEZE! I don't think I can do that hike though. I need a knee replacement.

The Pipster said...

Neato pictures Shelle! P.S. I had to use the tame Hot Momma pic, not the one with the chili pepper going in to the mouth. BF was like, uh, please don't put that one. Can you say BJ?

dadshouse said...

Looks beautiful!

Kristin said...

Can I say.... JEALOUS? I'm glad you got to go!! I heard that it was so fun and I bet it was even moreso since it was your first time! Thanks for sharing!

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