The Wave...A Psychadelic Paradise

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jan 13, 2010

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 18
On my way to Wire Pass Canyon, I ran into this couple who were part of the lottery for the wave at the BLM office the other day...they won 2 of the 10 passes.  The fella loved my dog, so we stopped and chatted on this remote dirt road.  I didn't realize the Wave was in the same place as Wire Pass....they keep the directions hidden and confidential (although, I could have found it on google earth if I had tried), I'm like..."Soooo, do you still have your directions...?(big inviting smile on my face) They looked at each other and smiled...."sure".  The directions:  photocopied pictures, directions, coordinates and arrows pointing city dwellers with no bush savy in the right direction inch by inch...and some of them still manage to get lost on the way out!  Seriously, folks.  Look behind you when you hike! 
So, I'm off to the Wave tommorrow!!!!  Damn rights!  I'm so stoked!

November 19
Another good start to the day...Roxi projectile vomiting in my van...YUK!  Poor girl.  Thank God she aimed for the door and only caught the edge of the blanket and door frame before being hurtled outside to finish the deed.   Could have been much worse. 
Set my alarm for 6am, got up at 7:20am, hit the trail by 9am.  Not bad, but who am I kidding when I tell myself I will be on the trail by 7am...different if I'm meeting someone, but when it's just me, me is just too snuggly under my blankets to care if I'm an hour or two late.
The hike and the Wave were amazing!  How many times can a person utter that phrase and still mean it with all her heart???  The hike, filled with rolling hills, not steep ones, was still quite a strenous ordeal.  It was three miles walking across, up, and down sand dunes.  Some parts were rocky, but the parts that weren't made up for the previous ease with a 2 steps forward, 3 steps back payback terrain.  Swirling, multi-hued and petrified sand dunes dotted the landscape.  The area is known as the Coyote Buttes, but they look like massive stone beehives.  And, the Wave.  Spectacular!  No one was in view when I first arrived.  I spent the first 30minutes in the glory of an undisburbed nature.  Then, the voices came, and the people who they belonged to eventually appeared on the horizon and embodied them.  I moved on to a less explored, but equally spectacular part of the wave and got lost in my revery of this incredibly magical place for hours and hours...I was forced to leave as the sun began to set.  And, as an added bonus, I didn't get lost on the way out ;0) 

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