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4 days ago (2019-05-15 08:24:32)

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I did my first solo backpacking trip down to these falls years ago. I don’t have any photos from that trip, but that’s okay, I don’t need any - I remember it like it was yesterday. I was coming off three days of wandering through slot canyons in Southern Utah with my brother. We had planned on a quick overnight, but as darkness approached the first day it became clear we were hopelessly lost. Three days later we hadn’t seen another human, we were out of food, miserably sunburned, and my feet were so torn up they were unrecognizable. But that’s a story for a different time! A couple days later, physically and emotionally exhausted, I hobbled my way down to Havasupai Falls. Alone in my tent that night, I broke down. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to hike back out to the trail head the next morning. My feet were trashed. Here’s the thing, I’m a chronic bad decision maker. It’s not that I can’t tell the difference between a good idea and a bad one. But for some reason the bad decision is always more appealing, and I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Havasupai was one of those flames. I made it out... but it wasn’t pretty. I learned a lot of lessons that trip, about perseverance, preparedness, the power of mind over matter. About myself. And that’s the thing about bad decisions... you always learn something. So maybe they aren’t all that bad after all. ☺️
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  • i a that the t it to my bad of s but and were we was down trip about days out for m in don they first decision so feet wasn one later three thing havasupai like all always falls photos any - can not between tell difference here maker chronic trashed morning next head trail back hike able be good those idea preparedness after aren maybe something learn you decisions myself matter over mind power perseverance some lessons lot learned pretty made flames flame moth drawn appealing more is reason going unrecognizable sure wandering overnight quick on planned had brother with utah southern canyons slot through off darkness coming yesterday remember need okay from have ago years these backpacking solo as approached broke did night tent alone way hobbled exhausted emotionally physically couple time different story up day torn sunburned miserably food human another seen hadn lost hopelessly clear became everchanginghorizon
  • i a that the t it to my bad of s but and were we was down trip about days out for m in don they first decision so feet wasn one later three thing havasupai like all always falls photos any - can not between tell difference here maker chronic trashed morning next head trail back hike able be good those idea preparedness after aren maybe something learn you decisions myself matter over mind power perseverance some lessons lot learned pretty made flames flame moth drawn appealing more is reason going unrecognizable sure wandering overnight quick on planned had brother with utah southern canyons slot through off darkness coming yesterday remember need okay from have ago years these backpacking solo as approached broke did night tent alone way hobbled exhausted emotionally physically couple time different story up day torn sunburned miserably food human another seen hadn lost hopelessly clear became everchanginghorizon
  • i a that the t it to my bad of s but and were we was down trip about days out for m in don they first decision so feet wasn one later three thing havasupai like all always falls photos any - can not between tell difference here maker chronic trashed morning next head trail back hike able be good those idea preparedness after aren maybe something learn you decisions myself matter over mind power perseverance some lessons lot learned pretty made flames flame moth drawn appealing more is reason going unrecognizable sure wandering overnight quick on planned had brother with utah southern canyons slot through off darkness coming yesterday remember need okay from have ago years these backpacking solo as approached broke did night tent alone way hobbled exhausted emotionally physically couple time different story up day torn sunburned miserably food human another seen hadn lost hopelessly clear became everchanginghorizon

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