This past Monday, my friend Jordan and I hiked Valley Spring located east of the Owlshead Mountains. Valley Spring is a very special place which I had been planning to visit for the past 1 1/2 years. We finally made it out there and I came up with a really nice route which allowed us to fully see all of the unique scenery in the area. I was surprised at how much there was to see during our 6-mile loop hike. Because no photographs were in existence anywhere of Valley Spring and information was so scarce, I really didn’t know what to expect. But what an excellent hike it was. I have already put together a brand new hiking report documenting Valley Spring. To view it, click on link #164 on the Main Page, or just follow the link below.
Last Sunday, I returned to Sunlight Canyon and Sunlight Bridge for the first time in 4 years in order to once again see the slot narrows and major natural bridge which is located there. The morning light was amazing, as the walls were absolutely glowing with the bright yellow, orange, and red colors of sunlight. Seeing how amazing the lighting was, I went ahead and filmed a short video while hiking back down through the canyon. I was privileged to be joined by Death Valley superintendent Mike Reynolds as well as several Death Valley NPS staff members for this hike. Afterwards, I enjoyed attending an evening gathering where I got the opportunity to meet and get to know additional park staff. I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to all of you who joined me for the hike and to those who attended the evening gathering. I appreciate the hard work all of you do in behalf of Death Valley National Park. And while many of you felt it was an honor to meet me, I felt it was an honor to meet all of you who do so much to take care of the park we love. Below, I am sharing my Sunlight Canyon and Sunlight Bridge video. (Music written and performed by Wagon Band.)