Monday, June 3, 2013

Not giving up on the Wave yet | And prepping for Havasupai

The Wave at Coyote Buttes North first came into my radar after I read an Explore My Arizona article by an Arizona Republic reader in January. The reader described the Wave as a somewhat tricky but rewarding hike. (The trail is apparently difficult to make out in some spots.) When I searched for photos, I was blown away. The sandstone looks painted on as swirls around like water. There are other impressive features to see, too, like dinosaur tracks.

I'm determined to get there.

But, alas, hiking permits are limited to 20 people: 10 walk-ins and 10 people selected via a lottery. I've entered the monthly lottery four times, once a month since February, to no avail. Each entry costs a non-refundable $5. Already there are some days in October (the next month in the lottery) that have requests for more than 100 people. As of today, October 3 had 64 requests for 173 people, and there are still almost four weeks until the next lottery. I'm beginning to wonder if I'd have a better chance of getting in if I select three weekdays. We shall see.

Preparing for Havasupai

Graham, friends and I embark on our hike to Havasupai this week. This will be the third time Graham and I have camped at Havasupai, and we're just as excited as the first time. Things should be fun with a bigger group (of six), and I'm hoping we'll be adventurous enough to try to make it to Beaver Falls, which is an additional 3-mile hike one way from Mooney Falls.

Photo of Beaver Falls from http://www.havasupaifalls.net/beaver.html.

This time, we will be sleeping in a hammock and packing as light as possible. In an effort to avoid being feasted on by mosquitoes like I was at Fossil Creek and Sedona recently, we bought a mosquito net and DEET-free insect repellent. We also found a Blister Medic kit to take care of our inevitable blisters from the 10-mile hike. I'm adding these to the post on my packing list for Havasupai waterfalls.

We haven't camped at Havasupai on a weekend yet, so I'm nervous to see how big the crowds will be. We're also changing things up a bit by staying overnight in Flagstaff before driving to Hualapai Hilltop. (On our last two trips we woke up at 2 or 3 a.m. and drove directly there.) Wish us luck!