A friend and I have had a backpacking trip to Arizona’s Havasu Falls planned for a few months now. Our flights have long been booked and we’ve been excitedly talking about and planning for our trip.
Havasu Falls(also called Havasupai) is a remote waterfall in the Grand Canyon West region that is a sight we’ve both wanted to see.
We planned the trip as a belated celebration for each of us turning 40. We’ve been talking about the 10 miles we’re going to hike with backpacks on, and, in particular, about the two days of leisure reading and soaking in pools while getting misted by waterfalls. We’d work hard and then we’d enjoy some sweet relaxation. It would be brief, but epic. A quick but perfect adventure.
Not anymore. Thanks to the Swine Flu.
No. I didn’t get the Swine Flu. But I did get a message on my cell phone yesterday evening from the Havasupai Tribe that our camping reservation has been canceled, along with all access, until June 1.
The message didn’t say why; it just delivered the bad news. When I tried calling the four numbers I found on the internet for camping information, they all rang busy all night long. I’m sure there are hundreds, if not more, who are as bummed as I am about the closures.
A Twitter user, I posted a tweet asking the twitterverse about the closure, and within a few minutes @marianmarbury responded it was the Tribe’s effort to try and prevent Swine Flu was penetrating their small, remote community.
I guess we could do what most women who turn 40 probably do… consider a spa weekend? Nah, I’d feel guilty. This was supposed to be an adventure with some hardship but mixed with leisure and great natural wonders, not a catered splurge.
I recently returned from major trips to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, the remaining options for short-yet-epic backpacking adventures that can be accessed from Las Vegas, which means our options are limited.
For now, Havasu Falls will remain elusive, and an item on the lifelist.
Any ideas for us, please email me. Thanks in advance.