Steve and I just spent a few days backpacking in Havasupai. It was amazing; these pictures do not begin to capture the beauty of the light blue and green water against the red rock. Nor do they capture the third-world feel of walking through the Supai village, the stray dogs that followed us around, and the USPS mail that is brought in and out by mule every day.

We learned all sorts of things that we would do differently next time:

pack lighter packs (the village store has plenty of food and supplies, priced appropriately)
coordinate with other campers in group to avoid bringing duplicate supplies
don't waste your money at the grand canyon caverns inns, just sleep in your car for a few hours
hike in and out early in the morning to avoid the sun (4:00 am early)
even though you are exhausted, don't stop at one of the first campsites you see
charge your camera battery before you or pack a charger (electricity available at the village)

We had a good time discussing what we would do differently if we ran the place. But we all agreed on one thing they were doing right: the Phoenix Composting Toilets are incredible. Seriously, why don't they use them everywhere?

I think the Havasupai Tribe's website must have been under construction the week before we left. (Quite a few things are undergoing improvements after the flash flood two years ago.) It was a last-minute trip, and we didn't come across any sites that provided comprehensive information about the hike. I should have just checked wikipedia. I just found plenty of good stuff there.

Thanks, Kyle & MaRea, for inviting us!



Sometimes when Rachel and Lucy are at school, I take Adam and Mykaeleigh to fun places.

Like the Dinosaur Park:

Sometimes Rachel and Lucy find out about our adventures and feel like they've missed out.

So sometimes, I let them skip school so we can go to fun places.

Like the Tulip Festival:

And then sometimes they get sick.
And we have a funeral to go to.
So then they miss more school.
And I get a letter reminding me that they are supposed to be in school.

Is anyone else ready for summer?