At this point, there really is not much more I can add, that hasn't already been said. It was an extremely well organized meet-up.
Wave permits were procured thru BLM's online lottery for Thurs and Mon in July. We had 19 out of the 20, available online permits, for those 2 days.
We planned the Toroweap Overlook trip for Saturday and the float down the Colorado river (Glen Canyon Dam - Lee's Ferry) months ahead. Friday was the one day we left open, as we spread ourselves all over SW Utah.
OhioHick started up a separate website for us to throw around ideas and opinions. I'd say it was instrumental in the success of this meet-up. The VRBO, drivers for Tuweep, who hikes the Wave on what day, The raft trip, all our dinners, horse trips, what beer, what wine, were all discussed on this site. Danny making dinner suggestions and the reservations, all from his past days in Kanab, highly influenced our choices.
Everybody shared their food, drink, vehicles. The humor and friendship was rampant. Weather? Perfecto! Was there anything on the downside? Yah, not having enuf time to spend with everyone attending. I will make it a point to talk and get to know everyone a little better next time. You know who you are.
Deb and I were on our own on Friday. We had the East Mesa Tr (Zion Np) to Observation Point on our hit list. Thanks to Dez, we had great info to the trailhead. This trail actually starts outside of the park, and traverses a high mesa with not much more than 200-300 ft of vertical change. Approx 3.5 miles to OP. There were 3 cars already parked at the TH when we arrived. Less than 1 hour drive from the VRBO. The hike out was very comfortable, in the 70's, and we didn't see a soul until we reached OP. We spent a couple hours out at the point meeting people and eating lunch. The walk back was once again, all on our own. We peeked into Mystery Canyon on the way in and out. Nice fall colors, down near the bottom, added to the view. We hustled back, got showers, and then headed out to the Kanab sign for pix. You've all heard the rest of the story, filled in by numerous other TR's.
So, thanks to all who participated in this beauty of a meet- up. Can't wait to see you all again.
Here are the pix I posted earlier on the original meet-up post.