To paddle the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is a coveted privilege. While most people do it with tons of gear loaded in large rafts, our group decided to take only kayaks, and to do it in the frigid month of January. Living off of only what we could stuff into our boats, we paddled 280 miles over the course of 13 days, navigating huge rapids at the bottom of Earth's grandest gorge. Every day brought different scenery, thrills, and challenges. On Day 8 we reached this spot--Havasu!
Heavily concentrated limestone minerals turn the water this mystical color. Upstream is the photo-famous Havasu Falls. Fewer people make it here, to the end of the creek at its slot canyon confluence with the Colorado. We enjoyed a hike and lunch break alongside the cerulean waters. Feeling rejuvenated by this sacred stream, we then returned to the muddy water of the larger river and continued on our way, having several days and more than 100 miles left to paddle.
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