3 weeks ago
//Switchbacks Hualapai Hilltop, Havasupai//
For the next week or so I’m going to take a break from “serious photography” (please say that to yourself sarcastically for that’s how I like it) and get more into storytelling, if you will. I want to describe this beautiful place, the people I met and my experiences I had. I’m probably going to go about it in a roundabout way, but there is a point to it at the end if I don’t get too caught up being too wordy hahaha.
I want to say that I met many different types of people who were there for different reasons. Some like the group pictures above that invited me are “Motivated Adventurers”. And the other types of people I met I will creatively call “Bucket List Travelers”, “The Influencers”, “The Experiences”, “National Lampoon Havasupai Vactioners” and “Entitled Trust Fund Babies”. ***Most of the people in there own unique way really understood and appreciated this place except for the Entitled, but I’ll get to them later. I have to point out right now this whole trip was amazing and awesome. Inspiring, introspective, the whole nine yards.***. Anyhoo these Adventurers are just inspirational. They are goal oriented, smart, respectful of the land and a pleasure to be around. They’re serious, determined hikers (I’m not, sorry) whose goal this trip was to make it to The Confluence which is where Havasu Creek meets the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The trek is approximately 24 miles RT long, can only be done in one day and under certain restrictions. To do this you can’t just roll out of bed and just go for a lil hike. You have to have determination, stamina and perseverance. THESE BADASSES DID IT!!! Up before dawn, on the trail at sunrise and back at The Lodge for dinner. 24 freakin miles in a day. Just amazing. I congratulated the several groups of people who stopped to chat with me on the trail who actually completed it too. It’s not personally a goal of mine at this time, but it is something to be utmost proud of. There aren’t that many people who can say they did that or got to do it with the family and friends that they love like @kenzeli @najlovely @azchick @lilieviz @amr1dao etc.