Enjoy some images I created on a trek from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington via the Pacific coast and Olympia National Park (August 2014).
Multnomah Falls (620 ft). The second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.
The Wild Coast: A treacherous shoreline and rough seas likely helped to preserve the Oregon & Washington coast from development for centuries.
One Tree Hill
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Life On A Distant Planet
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse sits on a lone rock, two miles offshore. It was first lit in 1881.
Ecola State Park
The Mitten Rock
Haystack Rock may be Oregon’s most recognizable landmark. It rises 235 feet from the shoreline. At low tide, you can walk right up to it and explore the tide pools for sea life.
Giant Green Anemone
Ochre Sea Star: Scientists are trying to learn more about a virus that is killing millions of ‘starfish’ off the Pacific coast in recent years.
Haystack Rock through my iPhone
Oneonta Gorge is a truly unique hike. Climb over an unstable 20 foot high log jam (above) to access the gorge. Then wade through the freezing snow-melt waters that vary from ankle-deep to shoulder-deep. The combination of a dangerous climb and cold glacial waters scare away most tourists but it’s the only way to see Lower Oneonta Falls… worth it!
The Mouth Of The Gorge
Lower Oneonta Falls
Mount Hood is the highest point in Oregon. It’s actually an active volcano with an elevation of 11,249 feet. This photo was taken at about 6,000 feet which is as far as we got. Skiers were enjoying the glaciers that provide deep snow fields even while we were there in August. I was also able to see Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier which help to make up the “Pacific Ring Of Fire.” (iPhone shot)
Hoh Rain Forest in Olympia National Park is the densest, wettest, greenest and most intensely surreal temperate rain forest on Planet Earth. As you walk through the evergreens shrouded in club moss and witness elk munching on the low-lying branches of 1,000 year old trees, the Hoh Rain Forest may feel otherworldly. Most of the cedar and spruce trees average 200-300 feet tall. “Avatar” or Tolkein’s Middle Earth come to mind. Annual precipitation averages 16 feet of rainfall plus 30 inches of tree drip from fog condensation… but as you can see from the following series of photos, we had perfect sunny weather for a day hike!
La Push, Washington
Wildlife and vast landscapes at your doorstep. Coffeehouses, record stores and craft beer microbreweries everywhere. Hippies, artists, tech pioneers and rock stars are your neighbors. Seattle and Portland are very cool cities… can’t wait to go back!
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Here’s a few snaps of me at work, courtesy of my hiking buddy Todd:
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