Yes, The Wave is magnificent - and it is a good thing there are protective measures in place so that it might last for future generations to see. In order to get to it, you must be chosen thru a lottery system to be one of the limited number each day allowed to hike to it. This review is the tale of the in-person lottery system the BLM is running. You will be invited to fill out an application with some vital info about you, how many in your group, your home address, your emergency contact, your vehicle license plate number, etc. You can begin to fill in the application at 8:30 am and then mill around with the others thronging the BLM Office til the lottery drawing begins at 9:00 am. At that time, he then repeats a bunch of the details, including that if your application is drawn, you must decide immediately if your group is going, so that they can draw again if you don't. He then reads the name on each application he draws (and this occurs with great difficulty, as a huge majority of the visitors are Asian with names that are unfamiliar to locals), so the reading process is painful for both the BLM person and all those in attendance. In fact, he might be afraid of public speaking or maybe he doesn't comprehend the sad reality of this rudimentary process. Unable to pronounce the last name Garcia, he feebly admitted that he just 'didn't read it right'. Sadly, the lottery process took up a full hour from 8:30 to 9:30, as a big waste of time for those 100+ there on December 18, 2012. In the end, there are great amounts of potential hikers who are disappointed by not being chosen in the lottery, and they go away with a bad taste in their mouths. We had made alternate plans and had a wonderful time on other hikes, but leaving the BLM office with the other 'losers' was not a happy time. By the way, there is no Comment box or way to convey info to the management. Later I called to speak with the Monument Manager who was not there and others weren't sure when he would return. I was told no one on location knew who else would know or be able to comment on the process. It certainly appears that the BLM management has not given much attention to lottery improvements and really don't care about their public's participation. In my humble opinion, a 5th grader could make the whole thing easier/more fair/more favorable to BLM as a short class project.
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