Havasupai Falls

I’ve been trying to get this permit for 2.5 years ever since I moved to Arizona. About a month ago was my lucky day. Every year on February 1st the office opens up their phone lines to sell permits for that calendar year. I called on repeat at least hundreds of times and never got through. On October 17th, 2017 I called randomly to see if they had any cancellations and it was my lucky day! I quickly learned that it is easier to get a permit during the week if you are able to take off work. The weekends permits go quicker.

HAVASUPAI CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS & PERMITS:

To make camping reservations in Havasupai, you can must call the Havasupai Tourism Office at (928) 448-2121.

2017 Costs*:

  • Camping permit – $25 per person, per night
  • Environmental fee – $10 per person
  • Entrance fee – $50 per person as well

This means that for the first night the cost for one person is $85, and $25 for each subsequent night camping. For more information, click here. It cost us $93.50 including tax per person for one night.

We crammed a lot into one weekend, it’s doable, but if you have more time to explore I would highly recommend to do so.

Gear rental

REI has some great free classes to prepare for your hike. I saw one locally called “preparing for the grand canyon”. You can also rent backpacks, tents, and more gear from them. Check to see what stores you can rent from here. OR a cheaper option would be to rent from Arizona Hiking Shack off of 32nd and Thomas. My friends went there and they had everything for cheaper.

Only way I could fit the bread lol!

What I Packed

  • 2 person tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • 1 gallon of water (Camelbak with bite valve)
  • Backpack
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Change of clothes
  • Plenty of Cliff bars, trail mix, and stuff to make PB&J’s
  • Swim suit
  • Rain coat (you’ll want this for Moony falls)
  • Water shoes
  • Hiking shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Portable chargers
  • Camera/Go Pro

Think minimal! Unless you plan to have the helicopter or donkeys take down your stuff (extra $$) your bag can get reallyyyyy heavy.

Agenda

Friday

We left after work around 5pm to head to the nearest hotel near the trailhead which is still a 1.5 hour drive away. From my house (Scottsdale) to the lodge was about 3 hours and 22 minutes. Definitely worth staying closer Friday night so we are energized for the long hike ahead. To book a room at Hualapai Lodge click here. I got the AAA rate for $127/night.

Saturday

Drive to the trailhead then get ready for a 10 mile hike down the Grand Canyon to the famous Havasupai falls! We set up our tent right near Havasu falls for the night. I do warn you in November the canyon gets pretty cold. It was about 21 degrees at night and up to 60 degrees during the day.

My friend and I went swimming in Navajo falls. The water was cold, but not unbearable for being so late in the year.

Group before the 10 mile hike down!

Sunday

This is the hardest part! Hike 10 miles back and the last mile is straight up the canyon. Then we drive back 4+ hours to Scottsdale. It was a super exhausting day, but if you’ve seen the pictures I think it’s worth it.

Havasu Falls
Navajo Falls
Mooney Falls

Ladder down to Mooney Falls (it was wet and slippery)

Charlotte

What I Did

Work work work work work. Literally. I was in Charlotte for almost 3 weeks so I had time to explore.

Hike

Thanks for the recommendation from my friend Taylor. Crowder’s mountain was an awesome hike! The only issue was I had to wait about 10 minutes for parking. There was a place down the street you could pay $5 to park and walk. Here is the link to the website with the hours and things to do at Crowder’s National Park.

Banana Suit Bar Crawl

The best $20 I’ve ever spent (including the suit). This was the 5th annual crawl. We got tickets here. If you are in Charlotte during February you have to do this bar crawl!


Shopping

My work mom Sandy took me to Birkdale Village. It was a really cute outdoor mall in Huntersville. We ate at Red Rocks which was a super nice restaurant. I highly recommend we had the best server named Lucky!

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Road Trip to Mexico

Road trip to Mexico…sounds crazy right? It actually was an easy drive from Phoenix. About 4 hours to be exact. The border is closed from midnight to 6am. I would recommend driving during the day. It’s safer anyways.

What you need?

You are allowed $75 USD tax free in new merchandise per person.

– Items for personal use such as clothing, shoes and toiletries according to the length of your stay.
– One (1) photographic or motion video camera, including a power source and rolls of film or video cassettes. (No professional equipment.)
– Books and magazines.
– One (1) used sports article or piece of equipment for individual use which can be transported by 1 person.
– Two (2) cartons of cigarettes or 100 cigars.
– Three (3) liters (appx. 3 quarts) of wine or Alcohol (including beer) per person if the passenger is an adult (21 or older).
– Medicine for personal use (with your prescription).
More questions? Click here for more information about Puerto Penasco customs.

Where we stayed?

We rented a villa for 11 people. It came out to $167 USD per person for three nights. This is for sure less than I would spend out at the bars for New Years 😉

Check out the website here. Las Palmas was easy to find and close to the beach. I would recommend it because it’s safe (all guests are required to wear wristbands).

 

Things to do in Rocky Point

Check out the website here for more detailed information here from whale watching to ATVing to night life.

We walked down the street from our resort and got two quads for $100 per hour. We had 6 people so only $16 per person. So cheap! There’s also a bar right by called Banditos that we watched the Fiesta Bowl and spent New Years Eve at. 

If you an looking for an affordable road trip this is it! I’ll definitely go back for a long weekend at “Arizona’s beach”. It’s super Americanized.

 

How I Got Tickets To The Ellen Show

How did I get lucky enough to go to Ellen’s show not once, but twice? Stalk. her. website. Check here every damn day. It usually says fully booked, but click next month. Then check tomorrow. No joke I’ve been stalking her website since college and I scored tickets twice. It took a few years, but when you see “tickets available”it’s your chance. I’ve only ever gotten 3 tickets so I recommend requesting a low number not 10.


We saw P-Diddy, John Turturro, Stevie Nicks and LL Cool J. We sat front row right next to the DJ so we got on air a few times! We won Diddy’s new cologne and an $150 Visa gift card! The Thursday showing was amazing because we saw Friday’s show and part of Monday’s.


We also went to the Santa Monica pier, did the Hollywood hike and went to a USC game.

The Yacht Week

Where do I even start…the best week of my life. We peaked. It’s over. And now I’m depressed.

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Why Croatia?

My roommate did a lot of research through other blogs like theblondeabroad.com (one of our personal favs) and she’s done a few yacht weeks and said Croatia is the best. It was also the original route. You can do Greece, Italy, Thailand and more. My goal is to do every route!

Planning

First things first. Book the yacht. We booked the yacht with about 5 girls in November. We found the rest of our group (awesome Texas boys) through the Yacht Week Finder Facebook page. I highly recommend joining the Facebook page to meet other people. After we confirmed our group we created a private channel to help pack and figure out logistics.

Route

Day 1-Milna

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Day 2-Hvar by Kiso

Aka the song of trip. We went to Hula Hula

Day 3-Hvar

Hvar is where the White Party happens. Bring something white because everyone wear white to this party.

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Day 4- Komiza

You must see the blue & green caves! They are natural and so so beautiful. You can also cliff dive at these spots.

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Day 5-Vis

Vis was one of my favorite islands. We rented scooters and drove around the whole island…got lost a few times and found a winery. I highly recommend going to Fort George during the day. It overlooks the beautiful city. We ended up going here at night for a party too. Bottle service with the biggest bottles of Belvedere >>>

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Day 6-Natural bay

The skippers tie up the boats together so everyone can jump/swim from yacht to yacht.

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Day 7-Regatta/back to Split

Okay we didn’t have enough wind for this apparently…but all the 50 boats race to the finish line. You are judged based on theme of the boat (ours was bae watch) and speed. We didn’t want our outfits to go to waste so we still got dressed up and participated.

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What did you do on Yacht Week?

A typical day we would wake up and eat breakfast & lunch on the boat. We stocked up on groceries, ice and alcohol every day. We even bought an extra cooler because it gets hot. Every day was 85 and sunny. Our skipper would sail us to the next island. Our skipper, Matej, was a local from Croatia. He gave us awesome recommendations for dinners.

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What To Pack

  • Swimsuits
  • Coverups
  • One hoodie (one night got cold)
  • Sandals-NO HEELS!
  • Swim rafts
  • A few pair of cheap sunglasses. I broke a pair and another guy on my boat lost a pair.

$$$

The big question everyone always asks me…how much did it cost? It cost ~$700 per person for the yacht which we paid in ~$200 increments starting in December. I brought $1000 cash, because we knew ahead of time a lot of places wouldn’t take card in Croatia. We exchanged it all it Kunas. We spent ~$100 on groceries/alcohol for the boat. We put a couple hundred each and used that for restocking alcohol, ice, water taxis and port fees. Don’t forget the flight. I found a cheap flight out of LA to Moscow to Split on Russian Airlines for ~$1000 roundtrip. Overall, we spent a lot more with bottle service and nice dinners out. I would say in total with yacht, flights, food, tipping our skipper and extras ~$3k…BUT it was one of the best weeks of my life so in my opinion so worth it!

Questions? Email me at jetsetbrunette247@gmail.com.