After hiking out of the Grand Canyon and a juicy Portobello mushroom burger at Jacob Lake Lodge I headed down to Stateline campground arriving after dark. This also happens to be the end of the Arizona Trail.
Lucky #6: I got the last campsite at Stateline campground. I was surprised it was nearly full. I have never seen more than one other group there!
Lucky #7: My neighbor camper invited me over to his camp fire already roaring away! Many people reached out to me on this trip, maybe because I was solo. He had driven all the way from Texas to hike The Wave but had not been able to secure a permit. He told me 10 permits to hike The Wave are given out online 4 months in advance and are scooped up immediately. 10 walk in permits are given out each morning in a lottery!
The lottery draw for The Wave sounded like something to witness so the next morning I attended! There were 101 people there for 10 slots!!
Lucky #8: My name was pulled and I got TWO permits for The Wave the following day!!
Lucky #9: I had plans to meet DH that day. We went to Grovesnor Arch. Another place I have seen on magazine covers and never been.
The next day we hiked to The Wave and it was everything hyped up to be and then a bit more amazing than that. Lucky me.