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Nowadays with one hour delivery and overnight shipping, it’s hard to believe that mail delivery took about 10 days to travel coast to coast! The Pony Express was one such mail service that began in 1859. Pictured here is the last official mail-by-mule train which delivers small packages and letters, including food and medicine, to people living at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Loads can weigh up to 200 pounds (about 90 kilograms) per mule. This is the Havasupai route and it takes 3 hours to travel down, but 5 hours back up. There aren’t any roads, the only other accessible ways are helicopter, rafting, or hiking.
I took these photos while on a hiking trip to Havasupai Falls. If you enjoy hiking and have never been to the Grand Canyon before, I highly recommend adding this amazing trek to your travel plans! Water cascades from a height of 98 feet (about 30 meters) into beautiful turquoise pools, adding to the unique and stunning contrast of red hued layered rock which is characteristic of the South Western United States.
The Grand Canyon is one of the deepest gorges on Earth and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With an average depth of one mile (1.6 kilometers), it is possible to hike down and up the Grand Canyon in one day. Camping at the bottom allows for more reasonable pacing of the trail for the average hiker and is also the best way to enjoy all that the scenery has to offer. Make a reservation for your accommodations well ahead of time, it’s a popular place with an average of 5 million visitors each year. And with mail delivery service occurring 6 days a week, it’s possible you might encounter the mule train! Check out the Grand Canyon National Park Service website for more information.
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