The first time my husband and I hiked to Havasupai Falls, I was in my early 20’s and carried my own backpack the ten miles. It was tough with a mile of switchbacks descending 2000 feet from the trailhead, but I was young! This time, twenty years later, my body just wasn’t prepared for the challenge. I hadn’t been exercising regularly and wasn’t in the best shape, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience this beautiful oasis once again.
I found a pair of hiking shoes and hoped and prayed for no blisters, and got the rest of my gear together. After work, we drove the five hours to Peach Springs and spent the night so that we could get up at 3am and make the hour-long drive to the Hualapai Hilltop trailhead before it got too terribly hot. It was June, so time was of the essence.
By the time we rounded the bend and I lay eyes on the top of Havasupai Falls, I was hot and exhausted, but exhilarated to be there. We made camp and jumped into the breathtakingly beautiful and refreshing turquoise water. There is nothing like swimming behind the falls. Diving out into them has its own thrill!
We spent three days camping, hiking and swimming between Havasupai, Navajo and Mooney Falls. I felt like we were in a natural, God-made resort, well, except for the challenging descent to Mooney Falls. A half mile down the trail from the campground is the entrance to the Mooney Falls cliff. Via a small tunnel, chains, ladder and metal handles I made my sweaty-palmed way down to the water. One slip-up and I knew I was a goner. Thankfully, we made it. We spent the afternoon there swimming and snacking while we “recovered” and got up the nerve and energy to climb back up.
Unfortunately, the morning of our hike out arrived. The mile-long uphill switchbacks loomed before me. With a few stops to catch our breath, we finally made it out of the canyon and drove home.
I was SORE!! It was a good sore, but I’m certain my feet, legs and back had never felt this way before. I was so tired, but couldn’t fall asleep due to the pain. That’s when I remembered how my mother used to talk about taking Epsom salt baths. I had never felt the need, so didn’t pay much attention, but now I had to have these “magical” salts!
A quick trip to the store and I had what I needed for relief. I soaked and soaked, and was amazed at the difference I felt. As I drifted off to sleep, I determined to always keep them around. I don’t know why they work, but they do!
Just as our physical bodies are in pain at times and need remedies, our emotions can hurt as well. We can walk around in pain, not able to go to sleep, all because we don’t have the Epsom salts for our broken hearts. Pushing this pain down will eventually only make things worse not only for our emotions, but for our physical bodies as well.
The Grief Recovery Method is your soak for hurting emotions. It includes some very effective action steps, but the results are so very powerful you’ll wonder why you walked around for so long enduring the pain.
Get soaking as soon as possible! Call us at The Grief and Wellness Group 520-668-5906.
Grief Recovery Specialist
The Grief & Wellness Group
Kim has walked through the separation from her birth family for seventeen years of her childhood and the loss of innocence that abuse brings. With her B.A. in Communications and a huge heart for those who are hurting, Kim has a desire to help guide others to move beyond loss to grief recovery.