Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pacific North West Trip

Nothing beats a good road trip.  Hours in a car cracking jokes and sharing music with a good friend, exploring new places, trying new foods, making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.  That's what a road trip is all about. 
 Jason picked me up in Boise Idaho.  We then cruised into the Sawtooth NF to find a camping spot on Stanley Lake.  This is where we stayed for a few days, exploring the town of Stanley and the surrounding area.  From there we headed west and stayed with some cool people in Bend.  After that we cruised on to Eugene for dinner at a local brewery before heading into the Siuslaw National Forest for the night.  Woke up, caught a couple fish on the Alsea River then headed west to the coast where we camped at Cape Desperation for a night.  We then made our way onto the ferry and over to Lopez Island in Washington where we stayed with my friends Bryan and Martha for a few night.  After that we hit up Bellingham to say hello to guys over at NuCanoe before cruising into Seattle where we met up with some more friends for a night of Anthony Bourdaining it on the town.  
Me being a photographer, I took over 8,000 pictures during our adventure.  Here are some of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy.



Lake Stanley and the Sawtooth Mountains

Camp for a couple of Days







Good o'l fashion grass fed steak and corn on the cob dinner prepared by Jason Neff over the campfire. 


Redfish Lake Trail




Nothing like a good dip in the hot springs after a long day of hiking

Cannonball!



I can't get enough of these mountains





Cadillac Camping




New friends in Bend 



Work complete




Alder Springs Trail 

















Back on the Road





I think Ninkasi had my favorite beer from the trip 



Falling Sky Brewing had some fantastic food


A little fun with long exposures in the Siuslaw National Forest on Jason's Birthday 




Fingerlings on the Alsea River 





This is how a fish throws a hook 





More Good Food 




Couldn't stop at all the scenic overlooks along the Oregon coast but every one that we did stop at was freaking awesome.








Cape Disappointment












Alien attacks at Cape Disappointment 



The ferry ride over to Lopez Island 



Lopez Island sunsets are spectacular













Jason takes nice pictures too

Jason catching his first bass on a fly rod




Grandpa John

Fresh seafood is my favorite


Great dinner companions and hosts

Mmmmm

Lopez Tour Guides 




Strawberry Moon on Lopez 



Brown Bear Bakery

Jason out fishes me on Orcas Island too










Blake Young from NuCanoe

Gum wall


 This where things get a little blurry
Anthony Bourdaining It in Seattle








I met a clown


Breakfast at Serious Pies & Buiscut