Colorado River 1980:
Day 6 - Havasu Creek


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Colorado River 1980: [Day 1 - Page] [Day 2 - Marble Cavern] [Day 3 - Redwall Cavern] [Day 4 - Big Rapids] [Day 5 - Deer Creek] [Day 6 - Havasu Creek] [Day 7 - Lava Falls] [Day 8 - Travertine Falls] [Day 9 - Temple Bar]

Saturday, July 26, 1980: Young Mark got comfortable in the river guides' chair. He's looking through the Powell Centennial Grand Canyon River Guide, which contains a map of every mile of the canyon. This is the guide I used to take my very limited notes on this trip, and I have one for each of the trips I've taken.
Our main activity of the day was visiting beautiful Havasu Creek near Mile 157. It's one of the highlights of every river trip and it's basically a giant water playground.
The place shown here had a great little ride where you brace yourself between the boulder in the center and the huge boulder on the right, then let the strong water current push you through a channel between the two, coming out a few feet later in the shallows. So much fun. In this photo, Kathy and I are playing in that area, while Kevin and Mark are hanging out on the giant boulder, and my mom chatted with Dale and Karen.
Here is the amazing jumping wall, with the gallery area for spectators barely visible to the right. My notes say, "Met Steve." Huh. I have no memory of Steve in any way, but apparently, I met him here. See a photo of this special place from 2006.
Our fifth night campground was the upper "eagle" campsite - National Canyon at Mile 165.5. A group on an oar trip was camping at the lower site where we had stayed in 1978.
Our two groups combined for a sing-a-long after dinner. One of the oar trip guides, dubbed "Roger Daltrey," and our very own Schmed, led the concert. That's me, Kathy, Tony, and Chris in front.

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Colorado River 1980: [Day 1 - Page] [Day 2 - Marble Cavern] [Day 3 - Redwall Cavern] [Day 4 - Big Rapids] [Day 5 - Deer Creek] [Day 6 - Havasu Creek] [Day 7 - Lava Falls] [Day 8 - Travertine Falls] [Day 9 - Temple Bar]

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