8th July 1999
The day of our helecopter ride into the Grand Canyon! Robyn, Derek and I were the only three from our Contiki group going (it costing USD$440 might have something to do with it), but it was worth every cent!
The helecopter ride was alright - we went straight from the airport to the Havasupai Reservation, down at the bottom of the Canyon. The Indian Reservation wasn't like anything that I'd have thought it would have been - there were modern houses with satelite, and it was such a huge area, with a school and a basket ball court, a hotel for people staying overnight, and everything! Everything down there was so green, too, unlike at the top which was pretty arid.
(But we still needed our "water, water, water" along!)
We went for a horse ride, with the Indian guide, down to the falls. It was about a half an hour ride, through lots of beautiful scenery. Even though the stirrups weren't done for you (and so you got sore knees), it was quite a good ride. Looking up at the Canyon walls towering around you, with all the green plants, and glimpses of the river made up for it.
Then we got to the falls. The Havasu Falls were so breath takingly beautiful! The pool at the bottom was bluey green, and when we got down there to swim, the water was so clear and cold!
It was interesting to try to get into the water - it was freezing, even though the day was so hot! We ended up having a water fight, splashing each other, till we could go in. ^_^
It was lots and lots of fun... swimming around and we even went under the water fall. There was a hollow behing the falls, where you could sit... but you couldn't see much with all the water splashing into your face.
But it was fun. It was definatly one of the best days I've ever had.
At lunch, we sat on some rocks near the waterfall, and ate. The sky started to cloud over by the afternoon, so we got dressed to get warm again.
We went for a walk through the camping grounds, further down the river, which was quite a beautiful place, too. It really was amazing being down inside the Grand Canyon.
By the time we got back to the horses, mid afternoon, it had started to rain. We rode back, and ran to the helecopter, soaked from head to foot! But it was still a lot of fun, and we still thought it was the best day.
If you go to the Grand Canyon, I strongly recommend that you go to the Grand Canyon Airport and book yourself for a Papillon flight down to the Havasupai Reserve for a trip to the Havasu Falls.
When we got back, we hiked up to to watch the sunset, though unfortunately it was overcast, so nothing much happened - but there are some photos of us waiting for it, none the less. But it was still a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime adventure!!
Here's a list of the images - select the link or the thumbnails (they have been cropped, so the largest images are shown in full) to view them!
See the Papillon Map of the Havasupai Area.
|Me in the helecopter on the way to the Havasupai Indian Reservation.|
|The Havasupai Indian Reserve as seen from the helecopter.|
|Havasu Creek - the river through the bottom of the Grand Canyon was very pretty.|
|The Havasu Falls are the most beautiful falls I have ever seen.|
|Havasu Falls - 'Havasu' means 'blue-green water' in Havasupai, and it really was!!|
|Down inside the Canyon looks so different from looking into the Canyon from above.|
|Waiting for sunset at the Grand Canyon.|
|Sunset at the Grand Canyon - it's getting dark now!|
Thanks to Eric and Robyn for some of the photos!
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