Today was pretty much a rest up and catch up day.
I did go to the Grand Staircase - Escalante Visitor Center this morning to try to get one of the 10 "walk-in" permits to hike "The Wave".
It was quite an interesting little scene.
You can sign up every day between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m., Utah time (even though "The Wave" is actually in Arizona). There's no reason to arrive before 8:30. At 9:00 a.m. sharp, they conduct the lottery.
Eighty-nine people showed up this morning and they were from all over the world. You fill out an application and you can have as many as six people on your application. If your name appears on multiple applications trying to increase your odds, they will kick you out.
They assign each application a number. Then bingo balls are placed in a bingo cage for each application. As soon as 10 spots are filled from the bingo ball lottery, it's over. So if the first two drawn have six people on one application and four people on the other, that's it.
If there are only two spots to fill, and your application number is chosen and you have four people on it, you can choose to say "no thanks" or select two of your four people for the last two spots. It can get interesting. :)
My application didn't get chosen. They save your application for one day, so lots of people return the next day and then you don't have to complete a new application. They just assign your app a new number.
They told us about 3,000 people applied in 2007, but 48,000 people applied in 2012. It's a big deal to get to go hike on this unique, 2-acre piece of wilderness. If you try to go on your own without a permit, all the people that went through the trouble of the online or "walk-in" lotteries will turn you in. :)
Not much else to tell about the rest of the day. We have 4G service here and I was able to upload all our videos from our Grand Canyon Hike. It'll take me some time to go through and insert them in the narratives, but that should give even more perspective.
Other than that, I watched The Masters and Linda whipped up a pasta dish for dinner. Now, tomorrow, we have a full day planned. It should be interesting. :)