The 5% Club

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean.”    John Muir

I’ve just returned from an incredible camping trip with friends to the Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls in Arizona and we are all now proud members of “The 5% Club”.  Believe it or not, the truth is that of the 5 million or so people that visit the Grand Canyon every year,  only 5% ever venture past the rim!  We did that and then some, including a 10 mile hike into and along the base of the canyon, scaling down a steep rock face (196 ft.) with the aid of chains, to a waterfall below (scaaaaareee), and finished off with a 10 mile horseback ride back up and out again ( sitting on a pillow as I write this). We camped, our wee village of yellow tents, nestled between rock face and streams of clear turquoise water, fearing neither bats nor scorpions! Much.  (OK, so we did have a bat umbrella for nightime potty trips).  Amongst a myriad of wonderful memories; new friendships formed, old ones were enhanced, fears were faced and conquered, and a gorgeous stray Havisu puppy found a loving new dad, and was carried all the way out of the canyon on horseback in a backpack/baby-carrier.  Mother Nature and Human Nature coming together in perfect harmony!

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Our amazing guide!

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working our way towards the bottom…

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Havasu Falls (REAL COLOUR!!!)

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climbing thru caves on our way to the bottom of Mooney Falls, 196ft. high  (FYI: Daniel Mooney fell to his death here in 1880  ) Ya- we read that after we climbed down.

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Mooney Falls

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Heading back out.

True Love!

True Love!!!

Good bye Beautiful Miracle

Good bye Beautiful Wonder

Recommended Reading:   OVER THE EDGE: DEATH IN THE GRAND CANYON Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders.  (Revised and Updated) Michael P. Ghiglieri & Thomas M. Myers

5 Comments

  1. Gorgeous shots! although I have to say, the photo of your guide sitting on the rock made me throw up a little in my mouth.

    How does a puppy end up all alone in The Grand Canyon :(?

  2. Stunning shots every one. Who could imagine the water soooo blue ???. What a memorable adventure. Puppy has a new home……. “The End “

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