Amazing Utah

Utah is absolutely amazing!  I used my GoPro Hero2 and made a few small time-lapse movies in some of the parks we visited.  This is a quick stitch of the movies.

In this video you see Grand Canyon (1st shot is from Grand Viewpoint, 2nd is from Angles Landing trail head), Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon, The Wave (this is in Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument; we were lucky to win the lottery for a walk in permit the day before our planned hike) and finally Monument Valley National Park (technically this is the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and is in Arizona but the features are in Utah).


Riding ‘The Wave’

We won the lottery.  As you know, it wasn’t Powerball, but we did get a permit to go and see ‘The Wave‘ in Utah.  George had been talking about the Wave for weeks, and then we found out we needed a permit.  They let 20 people in to see the wave each day.  10 slots are made available online months in advance.  10 slots are handed out by lottery the day before your hike.  The day we arrived there were about 18 people hoping to visit the wave the following day (and this is off season).  You submit your application and they literally put balls in a lottery type spinner and pull the out until there are no spots left.  We were the first group called…woot woot! The fun thing about getting to the wave is that the hike is not marked.  They do provide you with a series of picture instructions, so it turns out to be pretty easy to get there.  If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it.  The Wave was incredible.  Beyond the Wave, the Coyote Buttes area offers a lot more really great hiking.