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
I can't get enough of these mountains
New friends in Bend
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.
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
Fresh seafood is my favorite
Great dinner companions and hosts
Lopez Tour Guides
Strawberry Moon on Lopez
Brown Bear Bakery
Jason out fishes me on Orcas Island too
Blake Young from NuCanoe
This where things get a little blurry
Anthony Bourdaining It in Seattle
I met a clown
Breakfast at Serious Pies & Buiscut