Death Valley and Music

This is kind of just a brief update post to let you know that I will not have any time to work on any of the five new Death Valley trip reports until April.  Work has been very busy and I don’t have a lot of free time this month due to other more important obligations.  But the five new reports will come out over the course of the next few months.  I should also note that my summer trip to French Polynesia has been confirmed, with upcoming visits to Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Maupiti.  I’m looking forward to continuing my exploration of the South Pacific and hopefully showcasing some of the hiking on these beautiful islands.  Maupiti has an especially beautiful hike to an island summit peak.  Before then, though, I may do a little bit of hiking on Maui.

In regards to my blog post subject, Death Valley and Music, I wanted to comment on a few things in relation to that briefly.  It made some news sites recently that an obscure band recently recorded a music video at the site of U2’s Fallen Joshua Tree.  I continue to hear from people at least every couple of months who are making visits to this location and want to share their experiences or ask questions.  For me, I continue to enjoy listening to the album The Joshua Tree during my Death Valley trips.  It is my most-played album while in Death Valley.  Just a few weeks ago, I was listening to it (and Achtung Baby) during my drive way out to the end of Owlshead Mountains Road.  I also enjoy listening to the track “Who Feels Love” by Oasis, which had its music video filmed in Death Valley.  Noel Gallagher of Oasis happens to be my favorite songwriter and artist of all-time.  As some of you know, I’m also a songwriter in a Marin County based music group known as Wagon Band.  We have released six albums since 2001, with our most recent release “The End” coming out in September of 2015 to online music retailers all around the world.  Our previous album before that one contained a song that I wrote about Death Valley called “Kickin’ Up Dust”.  Although I am not the lead singer in our band, I enjoy being the chief songwriter and rhythm guitar player.  We are not popular or anything, just known locally around our area.  I’ll leave you with a photograph from my private collection showing me with Taylor Swift.  This is one picture of several that I have taken with Taylor over the years, in addition to some with other well-known singers I have met.

Steve with Taylor Swift
Steve with Taylor Swift

Wildlife & Wildflower and Owlshead Mtns Updates

This is just a brief post to let you know that I have recently published a couple of updates.  The first update was made to our DV Wildlife and Wildflowers page.  The new additions include 5 photographs of the desert tortoise that I found in the Owlshead Mountains on my recent trip, one photograph of six Cinnamon Teals found at Saratoga Spring, and one photograph of a Costa’s hummingbird which was found in a Funeral Mountains canyon.  Four new Superbloom wildflowers photos were also added to the end of the page.  The second update was made to our Owlshead Mountains overview page (which is also linked to in the top left box on the main page).  This update included two Superbloom wildflowers photos showing views of the Owlshead Mountains.  Also, a 15th Owlshead highlight was added, which was a hike to the summit of Owl BM.  More updates will be coming along in a couple of weeks, including the five brand new trip reports.