Exploring The Pacific Northwest: The National Parks

Sampling Multnomah Falls, Crater Lake, Olympic National Park and all the Roads in Between

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So, while I was preparing yesterday’s post, I realized that I had never published part two of our adventure to the Pacific Northwest way back in early October.  So, without any further delay, here’s our photos from this great adventure.  Over the course of a few days, we visited Multnomah Falls, spent a day on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, did a drive-by of Mount Rainier, and took a day trip along the volcanic range, stopping along the slopes of Mt. Hood, and finally spending the afternoon at Crater Lake.  It was a busy couple of days, but well worth the 1,200 plus miles and 30+ hours on the road.   There were all sorts of wonders to see – from the staggering heights and immersive (wet) experience at Multnomah falls, to the expansive grandeur of Crater Lake.  Needless to day, the Pacific Northwest has many jewels in the tapestry of her landscape, and I;m thankful I was able to sample just a few!

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As a note, if you plan to head up to Olympic National Park from Portland, you might not want to stop every 10 miles to take photos.  After driving for about 8 hours on the very scenic Rt. 101, I found myself at the entrance to Olympic National Park shortly after they had closed.  So, I missed out on seeing some of the beautiful scenes in the park, not to mention going another 100 miles to the Pacific, which I had hoped to do.  But, with the daylight coming to an end, a long drive back to Portland ahead, and a busy day of shooting for our client on the following morning, it was time to hit the road.  But, as a plus, as I was driving south, just after sunset, I was treated to an stunning view of Mount Rainier rising over the gentle rolling hills of Washington.  It was pretty amazing.  And then there was crater lake – a spectacular volcanic formation that is hard to wrap your mind around.  Sitting perched above the lake, it seems only a mile or two across, but in reality it’s nearly six miles wide and has an average depth of over 1,000 feet!  It was truly a site to behold!

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All in all, it was an amazing trip – filled with the natural jewels of the Pacific Northwest – an hors d’oeuvre that left me longing for another trip to the land of fog and fire.  As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – we have sized the photos to 1080P HD wallpaper, perfect for your desktop, laptop, tablet or TV – and if you enjoy our photos, please share this blog with your friends and help us get the word out!

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The National Park Service Turns 100 Today!

Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service

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Sunset from Cape Royal on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Way back in the summer of 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act that created the National Park Service – a federal bureau designed to protect the 35 existing national parks and monuments (the first national park, Yellowstone, was founded by congress in 1872, with the remaining added in the next 40 years).  Fast forward 100 years, and America’s parks system encompasses 413 areas (with Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument being added just yesterday!).  Of these, there are  59 national parks, 84 national monuments, and 78 national historic sites.  In total, the Parks Service oversees over 84 million acres, with land in every state.

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A Bull Bison crossing Geyser Hill in Yellowstone

Over the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting many of the national parks, from Cape Cod to Bryce Canyon.  This past autumn, we took a grand circle tour of 6 of the great western national parks: Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arches and Mesa Verde.  In total, we covered over 3,600 miles in just 10 days, but we packed those days plum full of adventure.  Each park was spectacular in its own right, but if we had to choose a favorite, it would be the granddaddy of them all – Yellowstone.  We spent four days in that park, two in and around Mammoth and two days around Old Faithful.  We even had the great honor and luck of staying in the original 1903 portion of the Old Faithful Inn.

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Spruce House dwellings at Mesa Verde

Since then, we’ve been on a few other national parks as business trips have brought us nearby.  This past winter, I visited the Grand Canyon and Arches again, and for the first time, visited the Colorado National Monument and its epic Rim Rock Road.  Just a few weeks ago, we took our family to explore another first for us, the Cape Cod National Seashore.  All in all, we were blessed with spectacular weather throughout – including more than one sky-on-fire-gorgeous sunset.  This year may have marked our first big foray into the national parks, but rest assured, Lord willing, it will not be our last! Happy birthday National Park Service – and here’s to many, many more centuries of success and joy!

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Glowing Aspens and Vibrant Blue Skies in the Grand Tetons

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Summer Wanderings Part 3: Massachusetts

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Summer Wanderings Part 3: Massachusetts

Exploring Massachusetts’ Cape Cod National Seashore

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After a quick break to show you some of our automotive work from last weekend’s Cars and Coffee, I’m digging back into our summer archives for the next installment our series – this time featuring the wind-swept shores of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod National Seashore.  Despite having grown up only 20 miles from the Massachusetts border and, traffic permitting (which it often doesn’t) about an hour and a half from Cape Cod – our first trip to the Massachusetts’ geographic forearm was only a few winters ago, when family had briefly lived there.  However, it was a quick visit, and we didn’t get to see much of the Cape or any of its famous seashore.  But thankfully, that all changed this summer, as we took an overnight trip to explore the quaint villages and soaring dunes that line the easternmost bits of Massachusetts.

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If you’ve followed our blog for any time, you probably know how much we enjoy lighthouses, and with several lighthouses in and around the seashore, we made sure to stop at several.  If you’ve ever had a bag of Cape Cod chips, chances are the top photo looks a bit familiar.  The brightly-colored Nauset Light was the model for the bag – and a picturesque model at that!  Best of all, the lighthouse is regularly open for tours thanks to the organization that cares for the historic structure.  While on the Cape, we also visited Chatham Light, the decommissioned Three Sisters Light (which once stood where Nauset Light now resides), and finally Highland Light.

But what if lighthouses aren’t your thing?  Well, the Cape still has plenty to offer, from great restaurants and shops, sandy beaches, wild seals and rare birds, and historic sites like the first Marconi wireless station and the Pilgrim’s Monument, noting the site of the Pilgrim’s first landing in the New World.

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The Western Expanse – Winter Glories in the Western United States

Exploring the Winter Glories of the West on an Epic 5,600 Mile Road Trip

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Late this past winter, I had the opportunity to embark on a rather epic road trip from Jacksonville, FL to Scottsdale, AZ and then back again.  Not wanting to waste a winter trip so close (relatively speaking) to some amazing national parks and scenic areas, I decided to take an extra two days on the return drive to see if I couldn’t find something a bit less monotonous than the 2,500 miles of I-10 I drove on the way out.  I wasn’t disappointed.  At times, it was as if every turn presented another vista of winter glories to behold!

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So, where did I go to find all these “winter glories”, you ask?  Well, I started off at the Grand Canyon (photos in the gallery below) and spent an afternoon and evening exploring and photographing the snow-spattered canyon’s southern rim.  From there I toured the slot canyon of Lower Antelope Canyon (top) and it’s flowing red sandstone formations.  Later that day, I stumbled upon a sign for Monument Valley and opted to take the detour.  It proved to be a perfect diversion, with the sun setting between two layers of clouds and lighting the entire sky and the eerie formations on fire for a glorious, though fleeting moment.  Early the next morning, I attempted to check out the winter glories of Canyonlands, but upon discovering the road from Moab to the park was dirt and wound through a steep mountain pass, I opted to return to Arches National Park for a sunrise that would be less likely to ruin the car I was photographing for AVIS.   Talk about winter glories!  The sunrise over the snow-capped mountain range provided a stunning backdrop to the other-worldly formations found in Arches, like the scene above.

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My last stop was the fabled Rim Rock Drive, a scenic extravaganza of a drive up to the top of Colorado National Monument.  With the latitude and altitude increasing, this is where I saw the most snow, but even still I had been hoping for considerably more snow for this “winter glories” trip.  Yet, I have to say, even without quite as much of a winter landscape, the scenery certainly didn’t disappoint.  I even stumbled upon the remains of the old Vulcan Mine (and discovered it’s fascinating and tragic story) as I drove through New Castle, CO.

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Autumn in the National Parks – In Panorama

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After 10 days of travel, 3,000 miles, 4,200 photos and over a month of editing, we’ve finally arrived at our last post from our Autumn in the National Parks Collection.  Over the course of our trip, we also photographed 142 ultra-high resolution panoramas – most in excess of 100 megapixels.  The national parks, with their wide open vistas and expansive views lend themselves perfectly to the medium of panorama – offering a unique perspective on the parks that better represents the true scale of the subject in a way that even the best conventional photos can seldom do.  So, without further adieu, here’s about 40 of our favorite Panoramas, offering a sort of summary of an amazing, breathtaking, glorious tour of our nation’s crown jewels!

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Here in Florida, without towering mountains, but replete with tall trees, it’s hard to get a panoramic sense of distance, yet out west the opposite is true, and vistas such as Bryce Canyon (top) and the Grand Tetons (above) lend themselves perfectly to the medium.  Below, I tried my hand at some panoramic astrophotography in Arches – that’s the aptly named Ham Rock in the foreground.  Over the last decade, stitching software has come a long way.  When we first got started, I stitched everything manually in Photoshop.  I took forever and the amount of airbrushing required to bring it to a professional level was rather tedious and slow.  But today, with the built-in panorama capabilities of Adobe Lightroom, I am able to stitch even wide angle images with ease, all while maintaining their raw characteristics.   There’s still some tweaking in Photoshop, but nothing like when we first got started.

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Autumn in the National Parks – The Roads Between

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Having wrapped up our individual posts on the national parks, I wanted to turn to the roads between – some 2,500 miles of them – that we explored as we went from park to park.  There’s no question in my mind that our national parks contain some of the most beautiful, unique and picturesque places in our country, and yet they do not hold a monopoly on natural beauty.  From the geological wonders like Horseshoe Bend (above), to the stunning wildlife along the way, like this pair of bald eagles (below) outside of Ft. Collins, CO – beauty abounds.

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Having spent so much time on the road over the course of our trip, we got to see a lot of the country.  From plains and mountains, cities and wilderness, modern wind farms and ancient settlements – the manifold glories of creation made the long hours on the road well worth it.  On our first day of travel from Denver to Yellowstone, for example, we encountered the pair of bald eagles, not one but two stunning mountain rainbows, massive wind farms, a stunning canyon road, the massive Wild Bill Dam, and our first view of snow-capped mountains.   Our last day on the road was equally thrilling, with the autumn colors of the Colorado Mountains shimmering golden yellow as we made our way from Mesa Verde back to Denver.  As sunset approached, we happened upon the scene below, with a grove of glowing aspens reflected in the calm waters of a pristine pond.  It was truly a glorious end to a breathtaking trip!

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Autumn in the National Parks – Mesa Verde

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Day 9 of our out west adventure began early in Moab – we stayed in this great little historic motel, The Apache – but with a two hour drive to Mesa Verde and a 7 hour drive back to Denver, we needed to get on the road early!  We really weren’t sure what to expect out of this park – aside from knowing that it was a different sort of place than the strictly natural wonders we had been photographing over the previous week.  It was a neat change of scenery – walking back in time 1,000 years – and exploring these ancient yet artistically built Pueblo communities.

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One thing we noticed throughout the parks is that mid-September marks the beginning of the slow season for the National Parks Service.  As a result, staffing, tours, and even accommodations begin to scale back.  In Mesa Verde, that meant that several of the cliff dwellings were closed for exploration or tours for winter season.  However, the Spruce Tree House community was still open, and though small compared to several of the other cliff dwellings, provided a fascinating glimpse into the building practices of this ancient people.  From low doors to maximize heat retention, to sunken pit-rooms to keep cool, it was amazing to see how these people adjusted to the climate an eon before air conditioning.  Another neat thing about Spruce Tree House was the opportunity to explore one of the cylindrical sunken rooms firsthand.

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Autumn in the National Parks – Mesa Verde

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