Being responsible for 52 teenagers and adults on a 12 mile hike in 117 degree weather and in a place where you entertain yourself by throwing your body off of 40 feet cliffs is STRESSFUL!
That having been said, I would not trade this experience for anything. It was amazing. We laughed, we cried, we "slept" on rocks with crickets and coyotes, we built a shed, a fence, and planted fruit trees at 15 different homes, we all made it out of that canyon alive, and endured the longest bus trip (complete with broken air conditioners and tires on fire).
I learned we have the GREATEST youth. I love them so much. I strengthened friendships and made some new ones with some pretty great people. I'm so glad we went!
Lot of pictures on smugmug, but here are a few of my favs ...
No kidding, this place is like the garden of Eden. The water is so beautiful. There are different waterfalls to go play in. Here are some of the young women at Havasu Falls.
This is Sara and I at Mooney Falls, which can only be hiked to using chains and ladders (scary!)
This might be my favorite picture. These are the 3 kids I hiked out with. They are 12 and 13 and were some of the last to arrive at camp the day we hiked in. Here they are soooo proud of themselves for being in the 2nd group to make it out. We called ourselves the shade walkers because we beat the sun to the top!
This picture is on the side of the road, when we had to evacuate the bus for the tire fire. Keep in mind, prior to this incident, we'd already spent 2 hours hanging out at a Rite-Aid while the air conditioner was fixed on the bus. Oh yea, we also hiked out of a canyon this morning and haven't showered in 5 days! Those smiles show how well the kids did handle everything!