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  • Jaleey 11:10 am on February 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autumn leaves, eye candy, fall, , runaway,   

    lets runaway 

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  • Jaleey 11:01 am on February 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arizona, , hike, , places to visit, the wave, , utah   

    The WAVE 

    The Wave, Coyote Buttes

    So after stumbling upon this picture on the Yahoo! News main page, I decided to do a little more research on the stunning sandstone rock formation, known as The Wave.

    LOCATION: Coyote Buttes slopes in Arizona (near Utah border), US

    WHY IS IT SO UNKNOWN? Only 20 permits are granted into the area each day (10 via day lottery, 10 from advance online bookings), making it a largely restricted area. Also, given the 3+ mile, moderately difficult hike in the desert to the area, I’m assuming it’s only accessible to the physically fit. There is no formal trail, so hikers rely on their GPS (latitude-longitude: 36° 59′ 45.84″ N, 112° 0′ 21.9″ W). The weather conditions also sound extremely harsh given that temperatures in the area reach 100+ degrees F with little shade around!

    HOW IS IT FORMED? Sandstone eroded from water runoff and rhythmic cycling of winds and airflow. Interesting because archeologists have mentioned traces of dinosaur trails and fossils in the area. Not surprised given the age of The Wave, which is estimated to be around 190 million years old.

    Colors of The Wave

    Part of what make The Wave so unique are the various colors that appear as the time of day changes. The rock usually appears bright red-orange brown in the day and transforms into magenta blues and reds as night falls and shadows appear. Sounds so stunning! Im adding this on my bucket list, but also a bit concerned to visit given the trail-less hike. I certainly don’t want to pull a 127 hours and end up lost and trapped underneath a boulder!
    Has anyone ever been and care to share their experience?

     
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