Gals on the road.
Before we traveled I found out that it would be impossible to get to the ‘wave’ due to a ballot system allowing only 10 people in a day, but when arrived in Kanab, we were informed that we could apply for a lottery right there in Kanab. So the excitement mounted.
An early morning start at the tourist bureau and along with about 22 other people gathered in expectation we were advised of the danger of the 6 hour trip into the wilderness to get to the wave. The ranger was quite adamant and almost a prophet of doom explaining the dangers of taking the hike. My friend Lisa felt she would be unable to manage the trek but urged me to realize my dream
The first number pulled out had 6 people in the party, the second, 2 and then my number came up. l was the 9th, and the next one had two….. so 11 people in all.
I was so excited and I purchased the things I needed to undertake a safe trek. The cameras were ready, (4 of them) everything charged and then, down came the rain. It rained all night and the forecast was for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and flood warnings…
I was really disappointed. We did attempt to get into the Canyon, but the roads were too slippery and we had to give in to common sense and the fact that we were putting ourselves in danger…… darn it.
So, the next best plan.
Several years ago I visited Bryce canyon in Utah with a friend but time only allowed us a short visit, (actually it was a peak over the rim) so this year, based in Kanab, we had an entire day to spend exploring. Of course we needed more time, but that’s all our schedule allowed.
Photography is my passion and I was keen to capture the light and ambience of this majestic place. However, I really wanted to see and photograph the ‘wave’ formation of rocks. The formation is situated on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of the Colorado Plateau.
The rest of this blog is a photographic explanation of our visit.
The storms were raging around us, lightening splitting through the clouds and the claps of thunder rolled and resonated through the canyon.