Back in February I applied for a permit through the lottery system to hike The Wave. A huge bucket list item of mine. By a stroke of luck I was selected for a permit for our group of 6! Our date was June 20th, one day before Summer Solstice. Knowing the difficulties this hike would present for our 4 children (ages 7,7,10,12) I knew we needed to hire a guide. I reached out to several companies, all interested and willing, but I knew right away that Seeking Treasure Adventures with Yermo was going to be the right fit.
Yermo and his assistant Hunter patiently guided our troop over the trails and rocks. Stopping frequently to show and teach us about different vegetation, insects, climate change effects, point out dinosaurs tracks and Native American artifacts. Things we would have naturally missed if not for hiring guides like Yermo and Hunter.
They made sure the kids had enough breaks and were drinking plenty of water. Temps rose to at least 111 that afternoon. We came prepared with lots of water but still managed to fall short and they were there to provide. Even providing to other hikers along the way!
Upon reaching The Wave, Yermo asked if I wanted to go further-to the top! I had to seize that opportunity and run with it. He guided me up the slick rock to views few hikers ever see; Melody Arch and the Alcove. What an incredible experience!
There are no words or pictures that can accurately express this experience. Pictures don’t show the grandeur, depth and height of these plateaus and mountains, temperature numbers don’t express the overwhelming feeling and toll the heat took on our bodies, and words just fall short. We learned and experienced so much that day. The kids did amazing even though a few tears were shed. Hunter was our daughter’s hero and carried her on his shoulders when things got tough.
We drove back to our camp exhausted, hot, hungry and quiet in reflection but with deep gratitude and memories that will last a lifetime. In short it was incredible, breath taking and mind blowing. Yermo and Hunter made it possible and we can’t be more thankful.
If you are looking for a top notch guide service with exceptional guest service, Seeking Treasure Adventures is it.