Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Havasupai: the Prediction

My roommates, some scattered friends and I are headed to this paradise to hike this weekend. It's ten miles down, ten up, over three days. Here are my predictions:

Things that will surely kill me:
1. Packing in 15 minutes while talking (undoubtedly loudly) on the phone. (See also, things that will surely lose friends and influence roommates to move)
2. Eating half my trail mix while packing my lunch just now.
3. Prioritizing survival just beneath proving a skinwalkers' ability to show up on film.
4. My inability to ration.
5. Draining my Camel Pak for funzies within the first hour because the nostalgia of drinking out of a super soaker it provides is just too blissful to resist.

Things that will surely save my life:
1. Carb loading since Saturday, just in case.
2. The Tamagotchi my friend Rachel sent me for my 23rd birthday circa 1999 from a garage sale. (Original box, original Wal-Mart price tag for $14.00, original dream come true after years of settling for Nano babies and Giga pets). When he eats, I eat, and If I die, he dies.

So my chances of survival are about two to five. Which is also 40%. Which is also the amount of americans born in the 80s who own or have owned a Tamagatchi. Which is also me as of a week ago, so I'm pretty confident about the whole thing. Wish me luck!


Holli said...

ugh! I l LOVE Havasupai. I've been twice, and almost died both times. Hike out late at night or early early in the morning when it's cool and thgere is lots of shade. Drink LOTS of water. Moony falls is my fave. Have the time of your lives!!!

Gentz said...

you mean your 23rd birthday!! You are not 24--I oughta know.

julieb said...

im so so jealous. have tons of fun.

em said...

you'll be FINE! Just don't sleep facing the river. Don't make friends with hippies hanging out down there. Don't resort to eating the 'shroms. (they are deadly). DO jump off all the scary cliffs. DO try to scare the twins at least one night. DO find a havasu crush! ;)

Kristine said...

i hope i get an ankle sock tan!

i hope i don't die!

i hope we don't have to use an entire package of moleskin!

i hope i don't eat all my beef jerky on the road trip!

jonny said...

carb load shmarb load. mountain dew, pork rinds, vienna sausages, and firecrackers. now THATS real camp food.

psyche. got ya. you know i know better than that. fruit roll ups and rold gold pretzels duh!

see how many beer bottles you can collect at this "remote paradise". and don't wear cotton socks when you hike.

Tony said...

I hope you are having a good time. Sock tans are the best.

Loose vs. lose, Maggie. Gotta be careful.