Wednesday - September 5, 2018
A Lucky Day.....!
We started the day off with a visit to the local US Dept. of Interior, BLM office, to make an application for the draft lottery for a hiking permit to the "WAVE." I have previously applied for a permit twice on line. This process is in person.
A total of 20 hikers are permitted daily. Ten from on line lottery and ten for the in person lottery.
We sat anxiously as the crowd of applicants steady grew. After an orientation by a BLM employee applications are taken for each party of hikers. I counted 34 applications but the total of hikers can not exceed 10 hikers.
My number was drawn on the second call. Relief........! We are going to hike to the WAVE. If you have not heard of this very remote and special place you can Google - Paria Canyon or the WAVE. There were only five permits issued today.
Our neighbors in the RV park also made application after I had told them about the WAVE and they were also selected.
We plan to hike together tomorrow.
With this settled we packed a light lunch and headed out for the north rim of the Grand Canyon. It is a little over an hour drive from our location in Kanab. The drive is very scenic and we made good time with very little traffic.
We arrived at the Grand Canyon at 11:30 a.m. We made the ubiquitous visit to the Visitor Center for a passport book stamp and then Nancy hit the gift shops. The park was not crowded and we eventually made our way to the rim to take some photos. They call this the "Grand Canyon" for a reason. You just can not wrap your mind around the scope of this scene.
The vast landscape, the terrain, the colors are all just grand. A true wonder and national gem.
On our way out of the park we encountered a hail/sleet storm. There were a couple of inches of small hail in the road.
Our tracks cleared it like slush. A very unique situation. We topped out in elevation at 8840' asl.