Pictures from Day 8
(mostly Navajo Falls, including upper falls and cataracts)

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We spent almost the entire day at Navaho Falls, climbing up the rocks alongside it's (quite extensive) cataracts, side falls, and upper terraces.

From my reading, I had no idea how extensive this was. The upper terraces were quite fragile in places, almost as though the limestone rims changed on a yearly basis. In many places, we would see leaves and twigs being layered in limestone, even though they appeared to have been there only a short time. We eventually stopped heading upstream because of the damage we seemed to be doing to the terrace rims by stepping on them (even if most of them changing on a yearly basis, we just decided to leave them alone).

Aside from the cascades and cataracts, there are falls of at least 15 feet in height at 3 or even 4 levels. Some had grottos behind them, and all but the main falls were surrounded and canopied with trees and other plants.

While nowhere as spectactular as Havasu or Mooney Falls, Navajo was definitely my favorite.

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One of the many side seeps at Navajo Falls

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The main Navajo Fall, from the outer rim of the pool.

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The main Navajo Fall, showing a bit more of the canyon setting.

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Capturing the deep blue of the pool below main Navajo Fall, and the contrast with the plants.

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One of the falls at the second level, off to the right and above the main fall.

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Another view of the same fall.

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Trying to capture Navajo Falls from the side

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Trying to capture Navajo Falls from the side; I tilted the camera to try and get as much as I could, as close as I could.

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Trying to capture Navajo Falls from the far side; I tilted the camera again.

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Looking down on the falls, as we started climbing up alongside.

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One of the falls at the 3rd level. These are much smaller, really more like cataracts.

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Another of the falls at the 3rd level. More rushing water, rather than separate cataracts.

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A number of shots of the same falls/cataracts. This one had a number of interesting limestone formations, and a fairly deep grotto.

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Looking towards the grotto, across the formation we thought looked like a fallen body, slowly being covered in limestone. From where we ate lunch, on a trunk above the pool.

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One of several views of the pool and the walls around it.

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One of several views of the pool and the walls around it. Dave barely visible back in the grotto.

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Dave after having swum through the pool, and around into the grotto behind the fall. Found a small pool within the grotto that had "cave pearls" (formed when limestone rich water drips into a pool, and some of the limestone precipitates out; the constant motion makes the result more or less spherical).

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Another view of Dave, standing on the "body".

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Dave pointing something out, but I don't remember what.

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Hours later, looking across Havasu Falls near sunset, towards the trail descending to the campground.

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