Kim Davis has tried to snag a coveted camping reservation at Havasupai falls in Arizona’s Grand Canyon for the past two years and failed.
The 42-year-old Kansas City woman is determined that 2018 will be her year, according to AZ Central. When reservations open on Feb. 1, Davis won’t be at the Savers thrift shop where she is a production manager. She asked her boss for Thursday and Friday off in November, and has been plotting her strategy since.
Davis, who calls Havasupai a secret passion and part of her plan to conquer certain fears, plans to bring breakfast to a friend’s house. He isn’t going on the trip, but he took the day off to help her achieve her goal. When online and telephone reservations for 2018 camping permits open at 8 a.m Arizona time — 9 a.m. Missouri time — they’ll try non-stop to get through on his laptop, her tablet, his house phone and her cellphone.
“And that’s it. We’re not leaving the house,” she said, adding that family and friends have been warned not to call and tie up her phone.
Hikers around the world circle Feb. 1 on their calendars every year. Havasupai permits sell out quickly because there are only 350 camping slots per night, fewer during certain times of year, and some permits are allotted to commercial outfitters who sell guided hikes to Havasupai.
That doesn’t dampen enthusiasm for the trip. In a new Havasupai forum on Facebook,would-be visitors are posting countdowns as if a wedding, graduation or other milestone looms. One poster said he dreams about the reservation process almost every night.
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