To all you lucky people going to Havasupai Falls, you will have a great time and see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
The Havasupai tribe is extremely difficult to get a hold of. When we called for a lodge room, we originally had no answer for the first few days. My friend had to call every 10 minutes until they finally picked up and when they did, they just took down his name and that was basically it, they don’t ask for your information or payment.
Helicopter: We looked into this momentarily but apparently they do not fly the copters on Saturdays and we were on a time crunch. However, I think the best way to go would be to hike in, helicopter out.
The Drive: Depending of course from where you’re coming from but most of us will just google map it to “Hualapai Hilltop”. That will get you there for the most part. Our phones took us to Indian 18 (a one lane each way street) and it said to go to mile marker 29 and then we would arrive. Well, we got there and nothing was in sight. Turns out you have to keep driving all the way to mile marker 65 (the end of the street). There is a parking lot at the end where there will be a lot of other people/bathrooms/etc. If driving there late night, be careful of animals (deer, cows, rabbits, etc, they all walk around on the street and could get freaked out by headlights)
The Hike: The hike in is much easier than out. It is 8 miles to the village of Supai and another 2 to the campground/Mooney Falls. If you’re staying in the lodge, it will be in the village. The beginning of the hike in, is about 1.5 to 2 miles of switchbacks and downhill slopes to the beginning of the canyon. From there it will be about 6 more miles of leisurely walking (its flat) and you start to get some beautiful sights (the canyon has crazy formations) and if you go early enough you will have plenty of shade. We left at 7 in the morning and were one of the last groups to leave.
The dogs: Undoubtedly you will see a bunch of stray dogs running around the area. I think they are owned by the tribe, but not by one person particularly. They seem to just roam around in packs or alone. We had one dog guide us around the entire trip. I don’t know what the rules are on feeding them but we didnt feed any of them.
The lodge: It was your normal lodge but no television and had a hard time connecting to the wifi. It was definitely nice to have a bed and a/c though. Check in is 1 so that complicates things if you arrive at 10AM. We got breakfast at the cafe and then explored, coming back around 3PM to check in. (I believe you can have 4 people in the room, there are 2 beds, and a shower.) I think it was around $150 per night but they also included the $35 permit fee per person).
*They will let you leave your bags in the lodge area if you are early and want to go explore the area.
The cafe: Overpriced mediocre food but it does the job. Usually slow service because they only have a couple of people working there.Plus after a long 8 mile hike, a cold soda is amazing. Open from 7AM to 630PM. HUGE Pancakes
The Waterfalls: This place is unbelievable from the first time you see the blue green waters to the huge waterfalls. I think there are 5 waterfalls you can see (we saw 4). Walk toward the campgrounds and youll pass at least 3 waterfalls. We explored them all and loved them. There are natural infinity pools basically everywhere and the waterfalls get bigger the farther you venture. Havasupai Falls (the third waterfall in our trip), was the most chill. Picnic tables laid out everywhere, even in the shallow waters and would be a good place to picnic and relax. Mooney falls, which is another mile down past Havasupai Falls is the biggest but getting down to the falls is dangerous (sketchy staircaves) and we are not sure if you can climb the stairs back up (the alternate would be a long hike back up). Regardless it is beautiful to see.
Gear:Thats all dependent on if you camp or lodge. If you have a lot of heavy stuff, you can also have them mule your gear down/up.
Conclusion:Go here, hike in, helicopter out. Spend a couple days here so you can really explore it and just relax and enjoy the beautiful blue green waters. So few people go here that you can sometimes have the waterfalls to yourself. Be careful of snakes though! Enjoy
Things to do in the great city of Seattle.
It is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from Portland, and a few hours from Canada, but there is a lot to do in Seattle too.
*It was really difficult to find a place to eat during the weekends for 6 people. Most places downtown are reserved or just too small to accommodate so be wary of that.
- Paseo: 2 locations, I went to the one in Fremont after seeing the Fremont Troll. Long line but it went quickly. Paseo is a cuban sandwich spot but it is insanely good and insanely messy. Huge onions in the sandwiches! The cuban press and the roast pork sandwich were the best. Very reminiscent of Ikes with the long line. Yelp
- Pink Door: An unmarked place in Post Alley. It was too busy to eat here but it looked good and it had a nice view outside. Try it and tell me if its good!
- Pike Place Chowder: All kinds of great seafood chowders! Breadbowls and sandwiches (Rolls) too! Another gem in Post Alley
- Le Panier: A little bakery down the street from the original Starbucks. Really good french macaroons and pastries. Definitely stop in and get a snack!
- Piroshky Piroshky: A super small bakery type of place that has piroshkys obviously. The potato and cheese one was good. Awesome snack place.
-Pike St. Fish Fry: Fish & Chips Open Late!!
-Theo Chocolate: Really good/expensive chocolate in Fremont. They have tours too but you can just go into the store and try all the samples if you really want. Coconut Curry Chocolate.. weird!
Museums: Chihuly Glass & Garden. One of the coolest exhibits I have ever seen. Unbelievable art.
EMP Museum: Experience Music Project. A museum for music, which is pretty rad. Specializes in northwest artists (Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix), also has a bunch of sci-fi stuff in it.
Ballard Locks: Northwest Seattle, where they have the famous locks to get boats from lower water level to higher and vice versa. Cool to see.
Bruce Lee Grave site: Pretty cool to see. In the Lakeview Cemetary.
Olympic Sculpture Park: I didn’t see this but I have heard some good things.
Seattle Public Library: A really rad and modern library with cool designs all over. The red hall is creepy as hell though.
Of course there are the other tourist things like the gum wall, the fremont troll, the pike place market, tours of Century Link and Safeco fields which are right next to each other. I wish I would have been able to watch a Seattle Sounders game though.
Best View Spots: I’m pretty big on skyline views and seeing the city from high above.
- Columbia Sky View Observatory. Go up to the 73rd story and get an almost 360 degree view of Seattle. Open until 10PM if you want to watch the sun set from here.
- Kerry Park: A tiny little park where you can see a beautiful view of Seattle’s skyline and waters.
Make sure you see the sunsets because they are really nice.
This is all the stuff I loved in PTL
- The Waffle Window: Super bomb waffles, 2 locations too. Yelp
- Pine State Biscuits: Biscuit sandwiches! so flaky and awesome. Yelp
- Salt & Straw: Crazy ice cream combinations, really crazy but awesome. good waffle cones too but huge lines!
- PokPok: Mad long lines at this place. Like waiting for 2 hours long. But it is right across the street from salt and straw and a bar so you can go to those places in between wait time. They have awesome chicken wings here and other thai food. Yelp
- The Screen Door: More long lines for good food. This is southern food but its legit. I had the fried chicken and it was one of my favorite fried chickens ever. Yelp
- Blue Star Donuts: Really good donuts, more weird combinations but for donuts. I had a berry basil bourbon, buttermilk old fashion and passion fruit. I liked this place much better than Voodoo. Yelp
Other Food: They have a ton of trailer food trucks in Portland. In downtown there is a whole street full (We went to Nong’s Khao Man Gai, which is where the street is). Powell’s Bookstore is right down the street too so walk there too.
There is another little trailer food truck area too, but its open super late (I think they all closed at 3AM). They have one called Potato Champion which has poutin fries. I’m sure this place is awesome for drunchies.
Places I bookmarked but didnt have time to try: broder restaurant (american), harbor city (dim sum), mothers bistro (american), Tasty & Sons, shut up and eat (sandwiches).
Places to go:
Multonmah Falls: Definitely a must see waterfall. You can walk up to the bridge and it’s insane.
Horsetail Falls: Really cool hike, I think it’s about 2.5 Miles looped. Right down the street from Multnomah. Just driving through this area is beautiful. The Horsetail falls loop takes you to 3 waterfalls, the first at the beginning is cool, the second one you actually get to go behind the waterfall which is pretty sick and the third one is whatever. Pretty easy hike, once you get to the second waterfall it levels out. Cool views and a good view of the Oneonta Gorge.
Oneonta Gorge: if you don’t mind getting wet, this is a hike that goes through the gorge. I wanted to hike this one but my parents were not down. I think there is cliff jumping and its supposed to be a pretty wild hike.
Random other stuff: Breweries! There are tons of breweries in Portland. Rogue, Hair of the Dog, Cascade, etc.
Grand Marketplace: huge vintage store, really cool stuff to see and buy. Reminds me of the travel channel show American Pickers.
Portland Gun Club: Skeet Shooting
Here is your food guide to Honolulu, etc
First of all, make good use of the bus system if you don’t have a car. Google maps has a good bus gps system so use it if you want to know which buses to get around. (it’s only $2.50 per bus, and you get a like 2 hour transfer time line).
- Best Shave Ice: Quality-wise: Waiolas (bus), Quantity-wise: Shimazus (bus)
- Bubbies Ice Cream: awesome mochi ice cream place/the multiple orgasm cake is the best (this is by UH, take the bus)
- Leonards Malasadas: This was the first place I went, they have portugese donuts. get a box of them and just enjoy haha (bus)
- Diamond Head Grill: obviously close to Diamond Head which I’m sure you’ll hike. If you go for breakfast, the loco moco is amazing, otherwise lunches they have all the regular digs. (bus)
- Side Street Inn: Delicious! Its family style so go with a group. Kim Chi Fried Rice, Porkchops, Mochiko Chicken are all good. Gets pretty packed though (bus or walk, probably 20 min walk for you)
- Rainbow Drive Inn: Super popular place for plate lunches/loco moco. Get a slush too if its hot! (15 min walk)
- Ono Hawaiian Seafood: Best Poke (15 min walk)
- Foodland: This is just a grocery store, but its rad. The one at Ala Moana shopping center has like five different types of poke that you can get! Super good too! (bus to ala moana)
- Marukame Udon: Cheapy good eats. This place gets huge lines but the lines go pretty quickly (5 min walk)
- Iyasume: bomb spam place! Really small japanese place, kind of hard to find. But their spam musubi/variations of spam musubi are good! Good for snacks if youre going to go hiking. (5 min walk)
- Boots N Kimo’s: Pretty famous pancake place that have macadamia nut sauce on top. Long ass wait though, but its in Kailua so you can go to Lanikai Beach or the pillboxes after. (bus/car)
- Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: Pretty famous food truck in North Shore. There are a ton of shrimp trucks at North Shore/Waimea and I think they’re probably all good. Matsumoto’s Shave ice is over there too but it dont compare to waiolas. (north shore, rent a car)
- Hole In the wall spot: Me’s BBQ (Korean food): The Meat Jun was good and they give you 4 sides with your meal!! (5 min walk)
- 24 Hour Places: Mac’s 24 (In the Hilton) and Zippys (chili rice! and orange bang shake!) (both walking distance)
- Taniokas, Helenas and Liliha’s: I didn’t get to eat at these, but were recommended to me by a few peeps
Make sure you have lots of cash too because you might not be able to find your bank and a lot of place in Hawaii are cash only. Also you have to go to Hanauma Bay and snorkel and right across the street from that is Kokohead trail. Its pretty steep and tiring but its cool at the top. It also sucks coming down since its steep.
These dudes are all going to be future pro bowlers and solid starters forever from this years 2014 NFL draft. JK they are just my favorite players in this years draft and therefore, I want them to be good.
- QB – Bortles (Jaguars), Bridgewater (Vikings),
- RB – West (4), Seastrunk (4), Mason(3) Sankey(3) , A Williams (5/6)
- TE – Ebron (Lions), Safarian-Jenkins (2), Amaro (3), Lyerla (7)
- WR – Watkins (Bills), Evans (Bucs), Beckam (Giants), Cooks (Saints), J Mathews (2), Archer (4), Herron (4), Ellington (5)
- OT – G. Robinson (Rams), Matthews (Falcons), Lewan (Titans), Fleming (2/3)
- OG – XSF (1), G Jackson (2), Trai Turner (3/4), Dozier (4)
- C – Martin (2), Stork (6/7)
- DE – Clowney (Texans), Ealy (1), Kirksey (3), Tuitt (2), Shembo (6/7)
- OLB – Mack (Raiders), Barr (Vikings), Murphy (2/3), Attaochu (3)
- ILB – Mosley (Ravens), Christian Jones (2/3), Skov (3/4), Shazier (2)
- DT – Donald (Rams), Nix (2), Ellis (3/4)
- CB – Gilbert (Browns), Dennard (Bengals), Fuller (Bears) Verett (CHARGERS), Roby (Broncos), Joyner (2) (maybe too short), Watkins (3), Roberson (3), P Gains (3/4), Colvin (6)
- S – Dix (Packers), Pryor (Jets), Bucannon (Cardinals), Brooks (3), Ward (49ers)
I would love any of these guys on the Chargers
Chargers Wish List Draft for me. The draft is coming up and there is so much talent in this draft.
This is MY personal want mock
1st. Kony Ealy DE
2nd. Verett/Roberson CB/Any CB that falls down to this position
3rd. Cody Latimer WR
4th. Z. Kerr NT (any NT falling to us)
5th Dri Archer RB/WR
6th Dakota Dozier OG
7th Aaron Colvin CB
Again, thats my wish draft. Here is what I think should happen.
1st. Nix III NT
2nd. J. Attaochu OLB
3rd. C. Latimer WR
4th. P Gaines CB
5th. B. Stork C
6th. A. Colvin CB
Trust in TT