Day 6 - Havasu Creek
|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, Stacey (nicknamed "Roger Daltrey"), and our very own Schmed, led the concert. That's me, Kathy, Tony, and Chris in front.
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