Pacific Northwest Travel Stories

Bandon Beach
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Travel Stories. Within these pages, you can read selected stories and musings about our waterfall-themed adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully, you'll find these stories entertaining and educational. Perhaps you might get a good laugh at our expense, or you might find some nuggets that you can apply to your own travels.

Thumb through the travel stories below. They are arranged chronologically with the most recent escapade at the top. Enjoy :)

Back at Cannon Beach in beautiful weather (16-August 2017 to 20-August 2017)
Total Eclipse Of The Trip
: Well, with the complications from the bridge closures and construction that was going on, we found ourselves in traffic before finally arriving at the bridge by the Portland sign. Julie said that park down below had a tree blocking views of the sign so it was best seen from this bridge. It was a bit of a strange experience being on this bridge looking at the sign periodically go dark then the letters outlining in green before sparkling in the font while cars were whizzing by. There was also some homeless man loitering in the area making Julie want us to rush to take our photos and get back in the car. We weren't the only tourists engaging in this strange activity, but we were one of the last to leave... [read more]

Craters of the Moon (24-April 2013 to 27-April 2013)
Your Own Private Idaho
: Anyways, like our Napa experience, there was quite a bit of traffic in the Napa Region when we visited last Summer, and in Nampa, there were certainly a lot of cars here. And that was made worse when the two lanes merged into one in each direction, and that seemed to make the traffic a little worse. When we tried to merge in, I knew it wouldn't make people happy, and sure enough, we drew the ire of a couple of ladies trying to prevent us from getting in. It kind of made me think about some of the road rage we observed in Napa, except here in Nampa, this pair of ladies weren't bashful about flipping us the bird... [read more]

Glacier Bay (28-August 2011 to 4-September 2011)
One and Only
: And in this case, we saw a convergence of glaciers unlike we had ever seen before. We had seen places like the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the Icelandic Glaciers including Skaftafellsjokull and the lagoon at Jokulsarlon, and the Norwegian Glaciers including Briksdalsbreen and Nigardsbreen. Yet the beauty of this place and its more-or-less intact ecosystem could easily move anyone appreciative of its majesty and grandeur to tears. In our case, it lifted our spirits and made it seem like the two days of sea-sickness-inducing rocking along with being prisoners on the ship was worth the trouble... [read more]

Mt Rainier from Kerry Park (24-August 2011 to 28-August 2011)
Welcome to Paradise
: It was at this point that I gave serious thought to turning back rather than take the risk, but I knew that I might regret never seeing the waterfall the way it should be seen after having gone this far. It was one of those situations where I knew how easily I could be another statistic taking a risk for that better photo. This year saw many deaths over Yosemite's waterfalls, and I definitely didn't want to be in that category here... [read more]

La Push (20-August 2011 to 23-August 2011)
The Twilight Zone
: By about 5:30pm, we arrived at the Hilton in downtown Seattle, but there was a sign that caused Julie to fret in disbelief as the Alamo desk closed at 4pm! The town car driver had to tend to another call so we couldn't go back to the airport immediately with him. And so we were stuck at the Hilton with an increasingly fussy baby (she didn't have a good rest and she was not comfortable with the unfamiliar surroundings and people) and time running out on our errands while we were trying to figure out what to do... [read more]

Sunset at St Mary (23-September 2010 to 25-September 2010)
Dead Park
: Sure enough, the clouds looking to the west looked menacing and even the winds remained as fierce as they were yesterday. As we drove west of St Mary and up the Going-to-the-Sun Road, it didn't take long before we went right into the weather where we were getting sporadic heavy rains with a mix of calm sprinkles and moderate showers in between. It was as if Mother Nature couldn't decide how miserable she wanted to make our day... [read more]

Bear Meadow view of Mt St Helens (19-August 2009 to 22-August 2009)
Overcome By Events
: "Is that a Manfrotto?" he asked. I nodded yes. So I helped him mate his camera to my Giotto tripod and he was happily snapping away with bracketed exposures and very slow shutter speeds in Shutter Priority mode. "You saved our marriage," he said. I chuckled. But when his wife came over, she said, "You should've seen him. He was pouting all trip long because his tripod was too big to fit in a carry-on and I wouldn't let him bring it." "See? I wasn't kidding about you saving our marriage," said the husband... [read more]

Wet and soggy (27-March 2009 to 4-April 2009)
On The Waterlogged Oregon Trail
: We headed back down to the 126 and then headed north towards Koosah and Sahalie Falls. But as the road climbed, we could see the rain was turning into snow. We even passed by a couple of snow plows on the way up. Before we got deep into the white stuff (without chains), we decided to turn around and call it a defeat. So we wouldn't see neither Koosah nor Sahalie Falls as I had feared. I guess sometimes you can't fight Mother Nature, and this trip exemplified what happens if the trip is poorly planned and done at the last minute... [read more]

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