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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

SWF – Dark clouds over Havasu Canyon

01 Havasu Falls Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (768x1024)

Havasu Falls

After three glorious days enjoying the waterfalls of Havasu Canyon Jake and I made a hasty hike out with reported bad weather on its way.

02 Storm clouds over Havasu Canyon Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x756)

We left the campground about 6:30am and made the two miles back to the Village for breakfast by 7am.

03 Storm clouds over Havasu Canyon Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x749)

Then we absolutely hustled the remaining eight miles up as the clouds built overhead and it lightly rained on and off.

04 Storm clouds over Havasu Canyon Havasupai Indian Reservation AZ (1024x767)

By the time I topped out six hours later, and about 45 minutes behind Jake, the wind whipped the sleet so hard I thought I might be blown back into the canyon. Then it snowed on the way back to Flagstaff. All in all, a great hike.

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25 comments:

Craver Vii said...

At 6:30 AM, I was having diplomatic negotiations with my alarm clock.

Sylvia K said...

Sorry about the crappy weather, but the clouds are dramatic! Your first shot of the falls is incredible, Gaelyn! What a gorgeous place! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Sylvia

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am so enjoying my tour around Arizona...... Diane

Diane AZ said...

Gorgeous pictures, Gaelyn! You did a wonderful job showing how awesome it looks at Havasu Canyon with a storm brewing.

Rob Inukshuk said...

Looks like a great hike in an awesome place under quite dramatic skies.

Carolyn Ford said...

That sky looks like the Painted Desert! I love the aqua blue water in the pool of the waterfall...After a 10 mile hike it better be a fabulous reward, and it appears to have been just that! Wow!

Denise said...

Oh boy, those skies are very dramatic and that first shot is stunning.

Pam said...

The waterfall is beautiful with that turquoise water. The hike back would have terrified me...not to mention I couldn't hike that far...huf, puf ;)
Thanks for sharing a hike I will never take, Gaelyn.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is just amazing. A wonderful hike and the waterfall is just gorgeous! Happy skywatching, Gaelyn!

blog with no name said...

Wow, that storm stayed away just long enough... Thanks for taking everybody with you!

Tricia said...

I've seen Havasu Falls in photos, but never in person - that's one place I'd love to vacation some time. I heard there's a cave up under the falls if you swim a ways under water & Tom Cruise swam inside - What an experience that would be!!!
Great capture - I love the color of that water!

dAwN said...

That place is enchanting..I cant believe we haven't been there yet.
Love that first photo! wow

Barb said...

Catching up with you, Gaelyn. What great pics of your Havasu hike. I love that blue/green water!

J Bar said...

Great shot.
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Small City Scenes said...

A memorable hike full of exciting elements. Glad you didn't get blown away. Waterfall looks great. MB

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

My goodness, that sounds like quite a storm Gaelyn. SOmetimes the weather can catch up with us when we do not want it to.

Bibi said...

Great hike, for sure, and it certainly yielded some stunning photos...but too cold for me...I'm tired of the cold!!

LadyFi said...

What dramatic storm clouds. And that pool is just gorgeous in the first shot...

Manang Kim said...

Those beauties are worth the hike. Happy Friday!

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Neat photos of the scary skies, so glad you got out in time.

Zane said...

That first photograph really is impressive. I find it amazing that water flowing over such red / muddy looking ground can end up in such a beautiful lake / pond / pool. I would have put on my mask and snorkel and braved the cold.

What a wonderful location.

susieofarabia said...

Snow in May? I really love the first shot of the falls - it looks beautiful. I've missed you! Not much time for blog hopping lately!

jeannette said...

As always you know where the good (beautiful) hikes are! Can't imagine, snow falling again at this time!

Janie said...

That first photo is breathtaking with the lovely aquamarine color in the travertine.
You timed your trip right, getting out just before bad weather hit.

Carolyn said...

Stunning photos Gaelyn and a beautiful spot to spend some time. The winds are weird these days, we are finding them stronger and longer lasting around here. Glad you made it out safely and I am impressed with the pace!
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