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The Lottery

A quick clarification about my previous post: Ten people per day are chosen in a lottery at the Paria BLM office. Ten other people "win" their permits online, but they have to apply 4 months in advance. So, 20 people total have the right to be out there on the Wave on any given day.
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For once, we set our alarm, so we could be out at the Wave as the first rays of the Halloween sun lit the rocks. We got a "late" start, however, heading out at 7:30, only half an hour before sunrise. It was a 3-mile, hour and a half hike to the Wave, so one might think we totally missed out on the good morning light. Not so. Perhaps it is different at other times in the year, depending on the sun's position in the sky, but the sandstone formations were still dark when we got there.

We made a tea with our little cookstove (a camping post is in the making, which will prominently feature this little cooker) and waited. The first couple to arrive at the Wave (about 10-20 min before us) were not so patient or, judging from the girl's grumpy face, did not have the desire to wait for good light, so Julien and I were alone with our Warrior's Brew and the swirls of deepening color.

Julien could not contain his eagerness, and he had to jump in to take a swim:

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Just kidding; that isn't the Wave. This is, and obviously, you don't swim it, you surf it:

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and because the surrounding land is just as fabulous:

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We spent a full day out there, and every minute was worth it. We camped above the trailhead parking lot because we wanted to explore two slot canyons on the morrow, Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch. Antelope Canyon is a lot more photogenic, but you have to be part of a tour and you can only stay about an hour.

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Today, we're heading down to Grand Canyon. The Great American Adventure continues. Amazing to think it is only a part of the Stupendous Round The World Expedition.

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frigg
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Very impressive! It's the rock that's striated like that, it's not sand, right?
mnfaure
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
*nods* The rock is sandstone, though.
jongibbs
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
You folks take the most amazing photos!

Thanks for sharing :)
mnfaure
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly, sir.
clarentine
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
...and now I'm ashamed, because I never knew things like the Wave existed right here in my own country. Wow. Thank you for broadening my horizons!
mnfaure
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
You know what? I had heard of something called the Wave before, but I never really knew what it was until some French tourists tried to describe it. So, I'm getting broadened all the time, too. ;)
footlingagain
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
*happy sigh*
How beautiful! You're just the people to really appreciate it, too - your enjoyment shines out of each post. The pics, too :)
mnfaure
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I must say that we do try to maintain childlike wonder in our everyday lives (it's something we talk about on a regular basis), so I'm glad it peeks through for the rest of the world to see, too. :D
pjthompson
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely! Every time I see pictures of those slot canyons, I'm filled with awe.
mnfaure
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
They are amazing, aren't they? And we didn't even go to the "best" ones.
kmkibble75
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures!
mnfaure
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I liked the Elephant in the Room, too. :D
kmkibble75
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :-)
cathemery
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I love your photos.
mnfaure
Nov. 6th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. :D
rabiagale
Nov. 15th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
WOW!
mnfaure
Nov. 17th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yep, that about sums it up. ;)
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