Saturday, July 7, 2007

HadaGreat Time at Havasupaii

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!


Robyn said...

Wow! It sounds like you guys had a ton of fun! I can't believe you had all those bus problems. If I were a youth, I would've loved sitting at Rite Aid eating snacks and reading a magazine while they fixed it though. You guys do the coolest things up there! I'm glad you're back safe and sound and finally blogging again! Can you PLEASE blow up your pictures so I can actually see them? I'm as blind as a bat. I need details!

Jennifer said...

I can't figure out how to make the pictures blow up. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't, but I upload them all the same! Tips anyone?

Stacey said...

Wow! What an amazing trip!!! All the pictures show some amazing good attitudes!!!
Looks like it was awesome, even with the hard parts!!!

nic said...

well first of all, that is real footage of an 8 year old tearing up guitar hero. And after tyler and i got out of the bus we had bare feet, so we were pulling splinters out of our feet the whole ride home

{sara} said...

when we had to evactuate the bus this is what happened...

dick (the bus driver) said: "we blew a tire, and it's on fire. grab the fire extinguisher. don't grab your shoes, just get off the bus"

this is what i did: made a check list. things on the check list: -cell phone -shoes -water.

my mom's check list was this: -cell phone -camera