So, we woke up early to mentally prepare for the process that was about to overtake our lives: registering for Havasu Falls passes! Registration opened February 1 at 9:00 am (CST) and this would be our first year attempting to obtain passes. We’d read posts about this being their third year to try and never succeeding. Or they picked 5 dates that they’d be willing to go, and still had to settle with a date not on their list. Or they were checking out and the site crashed or their bank denied the charge. Ahh, the nerves as we prepared to book our May 17-20 dates. On the phone together, I counted us down to 9:00am, then pressed refresh on the browser. Nothing happened. What? Is it working on your end? Nope. Refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh. Darnit! What’s going on? I logged into the Havasu Facebook group that I had joined the day before and saw that others were having trouble too. Sigh.
Amber and I proceeded over the next 20 minutes (may have been 5 minutes) to select dates and have the system tell us they were no longer available (we would continuously refresh the page and new dates would magically pop up (I assume as people lost their selected dates due to that aggravating “internal error”), but by the time our slow fingers would move the mouse to click the dates, someone else had already grabbed them).
Then began the thousands of texts to discuss the details. Where do we fly into (Phoenix or Vegas)? When do we arrive at the destination and at Hilltop? Do we rent a car or is there a shuttle? When do we fly home? Do we stay the weekend and jam-pack our schedule with more fun times? The flying into Vegas on Sunday was the easy part (yay Vegas). But what about afterwards? We’ll hike out on a Friday, so then have the weekend to play. Back to Vegas? Sedona? Phoenix? Oh the decisions!
Havasu Falls Camping Guide. SO much information.
Now that you understand why we're hiking the Grand Canyon and the physical challenges that await us, let's focus on training. We all started brainstorming: what should we do, how do we prepare? None of us five are in great hiking shape. So, the goal is to drop some weight, build muscle, and find some of that cardiovascular endurance we used to have...all in 47 days. Weeeeee! We can do it. Some of us will climb flights of stairs at work every hour, others will attend rowing classes. One strapped on a 50 lb pack and walked a few miles (he's a little sore today). The fifth won’t know if she can go until Feb 14 but will be hitting the exercise classes and softball games on the hope that her time off will be approved.
And hey, positive: I’m already over 25% of the way to climbing those 222 flights…on Day 1! :)
Any other suggestions? I guess I will attempt to clean up the food and eat clean. Although, Super Bowl Sunday...sigh...day 4 and I already want a cheat day. hah.
Wish us luck!