The Wave (Finally)
Apparently, we are not very lucky people, because it took us five days to get a permit. (A record, they said!) But we finally did, and it was well worth the wait. The Wave is probably the most photogenic rock structure in the world. It was carved entirely by wind. In the early 1990s, a movie was made here that was shown in Germany. That started a stampede of photographers, forcing the BLM to limit the number of visitors, in hopes of preserving the fragile structure. Information on how to get a permit, as well as maps and directions on how to reach the Wave, are available on the Internet. http://www.dankat.com/swhikes/wave.htm is especially helpful.
It’s a sandy and rocky 3-mile hike to the Wave, from the Wire Pass trailhead on House Rock Valley Road, 8 miles south of Hwy 89. Along the hike, there are many beautiful rock formations, including lots of teepee-looking cones. But they are only a warm-up for the Wave. The Wave itself is not very large, but out of this world. There are also some other interesting swirls, "brain rocks" and even a rock that looks like a hamburger in the immediate vicinity. I took so many pictures, it’s hard to pick which ones to post, but I chose some with Barbara and Ron in them so you can get some idea of the size. Don’t they pose well?