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  •  Rich, your postings are always prescient.... (6+ / 0-)

    ....I'm headed down the Honaker this weekend.  You really do think like me, I guess great minds...

    I've always dayhiked The Honaker, but am going to backpack it this weekend with my now 3 month old rez dog (he's older but we got him 3 months ago).  After this weekend, our rez dog will have been to The Wave, Buckskin, Paria, Grand Staircase, Phoenix Mtn Preserve, Fish and Owl, The Honaker, and as the snow melts, he's going higher and higher into the mountains.  It sure is fun!

    Lots of great rock art close by too.  As always, thanks for the great write-up!

    •  wait for one more. . . (6+ / 0-)

      I think I have enough diaries caught up to take a break, IntotheOutdoors. Your upcoming trek sounds peerless and delightful. I can carry the dog's rations, if you like. Well, on second though. . .my knees are shot. . .after 8,000 miles backpacking I'm thinking that's typical at my age. But I'll continue biking thousands of miles  year and that'll strengthen them. So, in the meantime, kindly take me along in spirit. Fish and Owl are two of my favorite Comb Ridge regional hikes. And, of course, my all-time favorites, Buckskin, Coyote and Paria, where I am pretty sure a good dear of my heart and spirits have been left along the way. Thanks for posting such a delightful commentary, because at least you and the pooch (and a res dog, no less...the best!) are headed out for them thar hills and just think of all the adventure you're going to have. I am envious!

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 10:37:16 AM PDT

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    •  Wow, you lucky guy and lucky rez doggie! (1+ / 0-)
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      KenBee

      You have been to the Wave this year? Almost impossible as far as I can tell. Our lottery was a bust and we will try it in person in 6 weeks but have scant hopes. Good on you and the rez dog for making it to this special place.  Post some photos!!!

      •  I'd love to post some photos Don Enrique, but.... (1+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest

        ....I've posted photos in the past and it's always been a time consuming process, not sure if I'm doing it right.

        We were pretty lucky to get a permit for The Wave.  We showed up in Kanab on Wed and there were 10 groups, we were one of two that got picked for a Thursday hike.  We did the hike in Feb of this year.  It's easier to get a permit in the middle of winter than spring or fall

        Good luck getting that permit!  If you don't get picked, there are lots of other great places to explore and hike in the area.

      •  permits and such. . . (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, IowaPopulist

        the feds issuing permits to exotic places, like The Wave, even Paria, Buckskin, Coyote, and so on, are overwhelmed with foreign tourist requests. They are hitting the Soutwest in mega droves, which, of course, is good for the economy, but some of these folks load up the throngs, especially the motorcycle and RV clubs. Ergo, from April thru October there appears to be a steady string of emigrant tourista types competing for the open spaces. From November thru March the chances are better for so-called locals (meaning from within our borders). Can't blame outside folks for wanting to see and enjoy the world's best topographical features, the peerless Colorado Plateau country. But IntheOutdoors comments about hanging loose with one's itin makes sense. I know people who go to the Grand Canyon and want to stay down at the bottom, Phantom Ranch, either hiking or riding the mule, and of course Xanterra recommends booking such trips one to two years out; same as the NPS recommends for backpacking into campgrounds during the high tourist season. And guess what? Those folks check back at the end of the day, or the next, and lo and behold a cancellation opens up. Truly, it's the early bird who gets the bed or tent area. Moral of the story? You may have to be flexible here and there, so have a back-up plan might just get you want you want on any given day. I'm thinking.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:05:33 PM PDT

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