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    • Once you clear the trails “saddle” the macro and landscapes views are breathtaking. As Lad continued to remind us, we are hiking in an area that has experienced huge metamorphic changes over the last 300+million years.

      In fact, the trail that Lad brought us through had fossilized dinosaur foot print. We all imagined what it would have been if Lad met a dinosaur on the trail. LOL

      The rock layer enclosing the fossils is a sandstone and conglomerate bed of alluvial or river bed origin known as the Morrison Formation from the Jurassic Period some 150 million years old. The dinosaurs and other ancient animals were carried by the river system which eventually entombed their remains in Utah.

    • The closer we got to The Wave, we were being teased with so many other great visuals there was no hurry. After seeing the “Boneyard” and John’s naming for the Cowpie-Five, we were finally in the middle of The Wave and it did not disappoint.

    • I have some peculiarities as a photographer..I sort of have very little respect for the trade and certainly shooting iconic subject matter that has been taken a million times. I respect painters much more. So, with my FF Sony and 12mm Zero D lens...at some point it seems you just captured this shot and I was ready to head back. I understand how many photographers would want to setup a tripod and spend hours here but the BLM requests that you respect the area when other people are around. Which they don't. They leave their backpacks around and so someone like me shooting an ultra wide angle picks up all that. But, it was all cool.

    • The next day I was up early and I headed into Page for breakfast and to fuel up the adventure wagon. BTW....I heart my Volvo big time. It handled it all. I was too tired after the hike to kayak or mtb bike but damnit, I got the gear! lol

    • My last visit to Page while camping in Zion, I tried to park and hike the Horseshoe Bend overlook but, the traffic was too bad and parking was maxed out.  Horseshoe Bend parking lot safety concerns have forced Page City Council to pass an emergency ordinance. Before the ordinance, Page Police were limited in helping with traffic problems.

      The hike is only about a 1.5 miles each way with some grade but well worth it. I suspect as more idiots ignore the warning signs, people falling off of cliff edges and dying will force viewpoints like this to implement wire fencing which is photography -repulsive. It is a 1000′ dropoff. The rock walls of Horseshoe Bend contain humatite, platinum, garnet and other minerals.

    • Even though I had gotten a quick ride on the jet ski on Friday night, I was ready to really get out on the lake. BTW....this lake has BIG WATER. Meaning, between the normal waves and HUGE powerboats and houseboats, you had to really manage your riding. Pretty quickly I found Antelope Canyon/Creek and it was quite congested! lol

    • I was glad that my big waterproof housing for my mirrorless was not fully operational and I was just taking these photos with my TG5 - Such a great camera, huh @Chris ? Seems like the new TG6 is not really much of an upgrade. I cannot recommend this camera enough but most people just want to buy a Nikon or Canon off an end-cap at Costco so they feel like a photographer. This camera kicks butt and can take all the abuse.

    • This canyon runs out of water pretty quick so you can take a hike or most people use this as a bathroom break...lol

    • Of course Lake Powell is known for their gillion $$ houseboats...I guess if you have a gillion why not spend a gillion....but, it does look like fun where you could pilot a luxurious houseboat for days with a boat AND jet skis in tow.

    • Last but not least, I was looking for a notable quote of the area...and, maybe I had read of Katie Lee before, but, this Outside article makes me want to read more of her. Mad respect for her life and no doubt she made Glen Canyon and the planet Earth a better place for all of us.

      Until the next adventure....

    • Wow, what a trip report. I loved every word and photo (great as always) of it.

      I still can't get over my shock about how popular National Parks and monuments have become. All the places I never thought twice about visiting that hardly had any people — Half Dome, Mt. Whitney, the Wave — now require permits & lotteries. Imagine how insane it would be if they didn't. It's so counterintuitive to me that interest in these places has grown so much faster than the population at a time when we have so many more things to do like Netflix and video games.

      The article about Katie Lee was riveting! I never knew about her.

    • I pulled into the parking lot at 6am. This location has gotten absolutely insane with people...so, even though sunrise lighting might not be best (maybe 5am it was better?), and, guessing sunset would be better but I also suspect that after 8am even using the required shuttled parking area 1/2 mile away is full. Or, 5am to be sure. :)

    • Everything I have read about The Wave which could also parallel the other locations you mentioned are the up/downside to the Internet and Instagram. It is a different world nowadays and there is no going back. The good news is that as more people visit these wonderful places, I am hopeful the outdoors will effect peoples attitudes about everything. The bad news is that there will always be 10% of the visiting population that trash/thrash and disregard the beauty of any particular place.

      All I know, is I am going to keep exploring.....:)

    • Wow and Canada’s parks are booming too. I would never have guessed the park service would boom like this because of the Internet, but cool. Unintended good consequences.

    • So stoked. I outputed this image to 60" x 40" and pumped up the color a bit to make it better for resale....This will be fun to sell and see in various business lobbies here in the southwest.

    • My last film camera was the Nikon F100....and, I bet if I shot it with some Velvia100 it would be pretty spectacular...BUT, taking that to the lab and even printed to 20x30 would be literally 5x the cost of just uploading this file to my commercial printer. If I sent this file in for a backlit poster paper (3mil vinyl) at this size it would only cost me $20...hahahahahah So, from a resales standpoint if I can keep my costs under $100 for this size then you can put a reasonable markup and in the world of IPHONE photography you can still sell it for a decent price.