While the WINs were in Mt Carmel Junction, they went to Kanab every day to enter the Wave permit lottery. Only 10 people a day get permits in the walk-in lottery, and there's usually about 150 entries each day this time of the year. Three WINs did get to go, but not the others.
I've been there 4 times before, so I didn't enter. But we got really lucky when Dave met a guy at the lottery, Don, who had a Jeep and was going to White Pocket the next day. He invited 3 of us to go along! WOW!!!!! I have always wanted to go there!
So the next day, Dave, Donna and I met up with Don (the 4 D's), and off we went. It's a pretty long drive on a sandy trail, so you need a good 4-wheel drive. But the first views are incredible!
There are strange swirly rocks everywhere you looked.
There's no trail, so you just make your own way.
We did a lot of rock scrambling, stopping to take pictures every 3 seconds.
The various shades of red, pink, yellow and brown rocks are due to the oxidation of iron-bearing minerals within the sandstone.
Looking up at our group -
And down at the strange designs in the rock.
Another view -
Then we started back, trying not to get lost.
Dave was a great poser.
On the way home, we stopped to see some rusty stuff out in the middle of nowhere.
Also on the way home, we got a small view of South Coyote Buttes. A permit is needed to go into there, but it is pretty easy to get. The Wave is in North Coyote Buttes.