Meet Lena, one of the guides on our trip. We had quite the rambunctious crew of boatman looking after us, and they did an excellent job. Everyone also really appreciated her hat, doubly so since she’s originally from Germany. She talked Jeff, the lead guide, into letting her use the satellite phone for just a minute to check in on the World Cup. 7-0. That was the only news any of us got from above the rim for the week, so naturally it’s what we all talked about for the next two days.
We stopped by Elves Chasm during the 5th day. After a short hike up, you come to the falls and if your brave enough, one can climb up into the rocks and jump down into the water pool. Also quite fascinating geologically as the rocks in this formation are about 1.8 billion years old.
One of those “is it going to pour?” moments. Lots of thunder and quick moving clouds had us worried a fast storm could suddenly come barreling through the canyon. And even if it didn’t hit us directly, there’s always the risk of a flash flood coming out from one of the smaller side canyons as water from the rim heads downwards.