Live for adventure. Civil Engineer by trade, Forest Engineer by education (GO BEAVS!). My passion is climbing mountains and finding places off the beaten path that I can photograph to remember for a lifetime.
Just completed the entire mckenzie river trail, and this was our first nights stop. River was still running good in June, river was dry, but there was still a trickle from the hill breaking the glass in July.
Further warning for those who don't know: Blue pool is always ice cold. Take caution when swimming, and I don't recommend jumping from the cliffs.
As a photographer, I was invited to assist with a shoot for a local fashion designer. I had never visited here and I sure was missing out! The forecast called for light sprinkles, but we were surprised with glorious weather and an incredible sunset. There was no shortage of photographers this saturday evening. I conversed with 3 or 4 bird watchers with long telephoto lenses while i waited for the rest of the party to arrive. Apparently this site is also popular with all kinds of photography as we crossed paths with 3 photographers doing family portraits, as well as a 4th photographer doing senior portraits. Many great opportunities for a diverse landscape of towering oak trees, chest height grass as well as ponds and sunsets. Definitely a location I will be visiting again.
As a photographer, I was invited to assist with a shoot for a local fashion designer.
For a park that is right smack dab in the middle of the Portland Metro, it was a wonderful nature oasis. It was a lot larger than I expected. You can still hear a lot of the road nice in the distance, but that isn't surprising. Definitely a great trail to get a quick trail run in. If you are quiet and careful, there is definitely opportunity to see wildlife. Ran across a large buck that was friendly enough to let me take pictures of him for about 20 minutes. PS there are a few signs warning hikers to watch out for Poison Oak!
For a park that is right smack dab in the middle of the Portland Metro, it was a wonderful nature oasis.
I am working on the write up for the Huckleberry Mountain Summit and thought I would add, when I was there 9/24/17 the park says "sunset" but there are quite a few signs saying the park will be closed at 6:30pm. Also, for those who wish to backpack up Huckleberry (with the option to return via Bonanza Trail) you CAN leave your car in the parking lot over night, but they request that you check in with the camp host first as they like to have a contact in case of emergency.
For a mountain that sees very little traffic, I was joined by many others for the Total Eclipse grand event. (There was 5 of us Saturday night, 25 Sunday night, and likely about 60-80 people on the mountain by the time the eclipse started)
Beautiful panaramic views of the whole valley. From the top, you can see Mount Adams, Mount St Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Ollalie Butte, Three Finger Jack, Elk Lake and much more.
For a mountain that sees very little traffic, I was joined by many others for the Total Eclipse grand event.
Carlsbad definitely drops you into an eerily yet beautiful world completely different from the surface. To view such a large cave system deep under the earth brings a sense of just how big our earth is and just how much is yet to be discovered. The natural entrance is worth the extra hike as you wind down a multitude of switchbacks and get a chance to experience the transition from the top surface to these giant caverns.
Carlsbad definitely drops you into an eerily yet beautiful world completely different from the surface.
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