Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sara is a Beast!

The trip to Havasupai was a major success.  Sara dominated.  For the five people who voted on my survey (one of which was me) she was somewhere between "making me look over-the-hill" and "managing without complaint."  She passed 29 people climbing the switch-backs, I counted.  Here is a short scrapbook of the trip for the four people who actually check my blog.  

The first night was spent in the parking lot.  Under the stars in a mummy-bag is tough to beat, even on asphalt, but sara beat it by moving into the car after an undisclosed amount of time.  

Sara is all smiles as the hike begins.

Who wouldn't be all smiles with a pack discrepancy like that.  (To be fair to Sara, hers was heavier than it looked.)

The hike down was beautiful, even carrying your wife's gear (shampoo, conditioner and make-up included.)

The first set of falls.  A larger woman showed me how to climb up and jump off.  I figured if she could do it, it must be safe. 

Sara got this pic of my entry.  Pretty sweet, I guess.  If I was a real man I would have dove. 

Havasu Falls, one of the two big ones.  Pictures don't do it justice.

After the trip Sara told me her favorite part was swimming in these pools.  She was one of the few girls to brave the cold water.  After watching her play in the water, an older lady told Sara she had a "hearty soul."  I couldn't agree more. 

This was my favorite part of the trip, Dinner with a view.  Freeze dried Turkey Tetrizzini overlooking the 210-ft Mooney Falls, a backpackers delight. 

A hot date to go with the hot food, a backpacker's bonus. 

One of us enjoyed breakfast in bed, on what she called her best night of sleep ever. Big statement huh?  I guess the mummy-bag was worth the 45 bucks.

Sara descending at her own risk to Mooney Falls.

Sara is the queen of corny picture poses. I think she is suppose to be falling in this one, but you would have to ask her. 

A rope swing along the hike to Beaver Falls. 

I bet you didn't realize it was this lush at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Our break overlooking more cool pools. 

Sara tried the rope swing on our way back from Beaver Falls.

Mooney Falls, again.

Sara remembered my birthday and even managed to pack me down some presents and a card.  Of course when it was time to leave, it was my turn to pack them out.  

Sara was on a mission on the way out.  She was seriously pushing the pace a good part of the time.  She is a BEAST!


the bigbam said...

Wow, Sara I am very impressed! sad to admit I thought your hike back would involve a horse.But it looks like you guys had so much fun. I love the rope swing pics and the mummy bag. The one of rangi standing on water is pretty good too. Rangi, happy birthday yesterday, it looks like you had a great one!

Rangi said...

Beetle, Sara was ticked when she saw someone had voted for her to be riding the horse out. She said "What a Jerk!" Hope that makes you feel good.

jenni bishop said...

Wow! That was quite impressive! The pictures are amazing! Looks like you had a blast! Rangi I know you were trying to be modest and give Sara all the glory (which she most definitely deserves).BUT, that backpack you were carrying was seriously so heavy!! I tried it on for 1 minute and my back is still hurting! Sara is really my hero...she is hard core!!!! She was just back to regular life the very next morning....taking Rig to school, going to the grocery store, playdates, cleaning, cooking turkey gyros!! Amazing!

Jess Mac said...

Those pictures are amazing!! Me and Dave really want to do this this summer. I was skeptical about my ability but if Sara can do it I can. (Just kidding Sara- I voted "manages without complaint")

the bigbam said...

Rangi, I was also the one who voted that you wouldn't make it past the prelims in the strawberry days rodeo

Rangi said...

Beetle I knew that was you. You're just jealous that I have two finals appearances.

cheryl said...

Rangi and Sara somewhere on here I left a message about your trip, but I don't know where. It looked so fun! That has got to be the most amazing place in the continental U.S. I also told you I started a blog, but I left the wrong address for it. It is Why I started it I am not quite sure. Maybe I'll use it ti show the progress of our house. It kind of is Ricker's baby right now. I will have to learn how to do pictures on here.

thebigbam said...

Rangi I haven't touched a computer since my awesome iPod dock post. Mindy is the one that has been posting those derogative comments.

Rangi said...

Mindy, you sneaky little bugger! All this time I was blaming my own blood. I should have known.

Stacey Bishop said...

Awesome pictures. I love those falls. Its been like 12 years since I've been there and the best part is that it looks like it hasn't changed. Beautiful.

I think you seriously owe Sara a day at the spa for being such an awesome wife. There's a lot of us out there who would be like "you want me to walk how far? You want me to sleep where?" I love that you guys just bonded with nature. Good for you....dont tell Adam.

Robyn & Co. said...

It looks like you guys had a blast, and when I see the pics, I think "wow, Dave and I should really do that"... but then I remember that there are beautiful places ABOVE the rim of the grand canyon... and the most walking you would have to do is from the valet to the door!! hahaha... but I have to say, I am seriously impressed with both of you guys, and part of me will always be sad that I don't have the guts to sleep outside!

Steve said...

It does me good to see all of you enjoying life and each other. Great job to both of you.