The Wave

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The Wave is a rare sandstone formation located in Coyote Buttes North, on the border of Arizona and Utah, and is one of the most photographed areas in the American Southwest. It is a six-mile roundtrip arduous hike into the harsh desert.

Due to its popularity and delicate terrain, a permit is required that is limited to 20 people per day. An issued permit is not easy to come by and can only be obtained by winning a lottery permit online or getting in front of the line at the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) office.

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One can only apply for the lottery permit once a month and the chances of winning being a mere 4%. A once in lifetime luck of the draw, I won lotto ticket number 44496 to hike the Wave! The winning ticket came with a photographic and navigational map as to how to find this trackless hidden gem. 

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Cairns and rock formations helped navigate through the vast desert. It was hot, brutal, rugged and desolate. In the middle of it, all emerged the strikingly smooth Navajo sandstone rock formations of colourful swirls, undulating forms, and rhythmic ripples. 

Nature’s perfection in the middle of a hostile desert with the feeling of tranquillity that will last a lifetime.

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