Tuesday, October 14, 2008


After freezing in 26 degree weather, we abandoned the tent for the night and stayed in a motel in Kanab. We got up early to drive the 40 miles to the trailhead for our hike to The Wave. We have been looking forward to this hike for months after being successful in obtaining a permit for 2 hikers out of the 10 given each day on the internet. An additional 10 are given out the day before the hike at the ranger station. These permits are extremely hard to come by and we were very lucky to get ours.

We started the 3 mile hike to The Wave at 9 AM and passed a couple of others on the way. Most of the trail is not marked and permit holders are given a map and directions. After 1-1/2 hours we were the first ones to arrive. Upon casting our eyes on this natural wonder we immediately understood why so many try to get the limited number of permits. We both agreed that this was the most beautiful piece of landscape we had ever seen. It is doubtful we will ever see anything like this again, unless of course we manage to get another permit. We spent the first 30 minutes or so alone in the silence, in awe of the scene. Others began arriving and we learned one group was from North Carolina, a couple from Scottsdale, and a couple from Germany.

We couldn’t stop taking pictures and between us we manage to snap just shy of 200 photos. It was hard to stop taking photos as the light changed the hews and shadows. It was also very difficult choosing which photos to post here on the blog as they all turned out pretty good. After several hours snapping pictures and exploring the surrounding area, we managed to pull ourselves away and headed back to the car.

We are now in Page, AZ at a motel (a planned stop) before heading to Canyon de Chelly tomorrow. We have already decided to try to obtain another permit for The Wave in the future. Yes, it’s that impressive.



Julie Camacho said...


cherrypie said...

The Lord does amazing work!!!

john neibert said...

Awesome photos Dana, Cathi. They're breath taking photos. I'm surprised the view doesn't send you into respiratory arrest in person, (figuratively speaking of course).