The Wave

Trip Start May 15, 2009
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Trip End May 23, 2009


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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, May 21, 2009

We hit the trailhead about 6:30 am. Our destination was 3 miles away over slickrock and sand.  The only way to describe the landscape here is otherworldly. If you were blindfolded and dropped here, you would think, "This has to be Mars or something".  We moved quite quickly this time, arriving at out destination a little over an hour after we set out.  Upon entering The Wave there was an automatic reflex to reach for our camera.  Nothing we saw on the trail here was in anyway even close to as impressive as this. While the actual Wave is not huge, every step you take changes your vantage point dramatically.  This place is just what we needed after being herded through Antelope the day before.  We were in complete isolation in an amazing place.  After a while we did come across a guy who was roaming around there.  We talked for a bit and he snapped a few pictures of us, and then we never saw him again.

 We exited the wave at the backside and checked out "The Second Wave" which was a few hundred yards past the main one.  The Second Wave does not have the color or the dramatic shape of The Wave, but hey, while you are there, you might as well check it out.  Heading back to the wave, we climbed about 75 feet high looking down on the site.  At the entrance, we saw the 5 Italians having a snack. It didn't take them long to notice us and start hoot'n and holler'n.  We waved and sat for a snack high above the bottom.   Before exiting the front and heading back towards the trailhead, we climbed down and walked through one more time. 

We arrived at the parking area to find it full.  There were people everywhere.  An older man with an "I don't need Viagra" shirt came up to us questioning the condition of the Gulch.  The Buckskin Gulch shares the same trailhead as The Wave, but does not have visitor limits. We politely told him that we did not know about the Gulch because we had been at The Wave.  Next thing you know we have a bunch of people around us wanting to know what it was like, some jokingly asked if they could touch us, and if they could take a picture with us.  We honestly felt like celebrities.  Researching The Wave, I thought it would be a great place to see. I really was not prepared for how sought after it really is and how lucky we were to have seen it.   Thanks to the Luck of Kori and Chad!
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