A number of friends have hiked Badger Springs Wash with me. It is an easy and popular hike, pretty flat and cooler down in the canyon than up at the ridge. The variety of birds, plants and rocks make it interesting every time you go. I have always wanted to hike it after a good soaking rain. Common sense would suggest that the water going over the rocks would make for interesting photography!! So, yesterday I decided the day had arrived for hiking the wash! Drum roll please!! LOL All shot with Nikon D800, Tamron 24-70mm lens and NO tripod. I went with one camera/lens and an umbrella.
First off, I had to park quite some distance from the trailhead because the road had flooded and there were deep ruts. Not Prius friendly. Second, the usually easy path was a bit more of a challenge with downed trees and very soft sand that I sank in. It was worth every step.
I stayed on the banks for a while. I was resting and trying to rinse out my shoes in the muddy water. I did take some video on my phone but for whatever reason I never thought of taking any video on my camera. The quality would have been so much better out of my camera and the resulting iPhone video just does not cut it!! As I headed back I was grateful to have had the opportunity to witness how nature destroys while renewing. My relatively clean shoes lasted just five minutes! It had stopped sprinkling, the sun was peeking through in places. Life is very good.
From the trailhead to the car was a long walk with soaked sand filled shoes. But, I could look back and smile. The sun was shining through. Way at the back I could see where I had been.
I hope you enjoyed my "illustrated" story. This would be a great hike this weekend if it gets no more rain. The sand would not be as treacherous, although the debris would still be there. I suspect the river will still be running pretty high. Take a walking stick and shoes that can get wet. Let me know how it looks.