Multnomah Falls

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Multnomah Falls is really pretty to go visit.  It is also really green there.  The falls are actually two different ones, a lower and a higher one.  There is a bridge that goes over the lower falls, where it gives you a better view of the upper falls.  It is a great place to go see and I highly recommend it.


















































For more information check out these links:
http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/crgnsa/home/?cid=stelprdb5139466
http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/falls.php?num=4051


Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls is a great place to visit.  The falls are just to the side of the road and the kids can play in the bottom of the shallow water. I know that my son had a great time playing in them.  The water was a little cold, but felt refreshing on a warm summer day.










































For more information check out these links:
http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Horsetail_Falls_Loop_Hike
http://gorgefriends.org/display.php?modin=51&uid=4873
http://traveloregon.com/see-do/attractions/outdoors-nature/horsetail-falls-loop/

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls in Oregon is really pretty.    It was a really beautiful hike to get to the falls, and everything was so green.  I still can't get over how green Oregon has been.  You do have to be careful on the hike, as there was poison oak everywhere.  You can hear the falls before you get to them, thundering down the mountain.  There is a little platform that you can stand on in order to get a better view of the falls.




























For more information check out these links:
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=107
http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Bridal_Veil_Falls_Hike
http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/falls.php?num=4059

Rockaway Beach

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rockaway Beach is a great beach to visit, plus it was the first beach that we stopped at on our Oregon Trip. It was also the first beach my son had ever been on.  There were tons of sea shell fragments all over the beach.  The water was cold, but the weather was really nice.  There were some cool rock formations and the town was cool to visit.  There is a cool store there called Flamingo Jim's, that is where we stopped to get some light weight hoodies, as the fog was making it cool.  We also road the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, which is a cool train ride through the Tillamook bay area.  





































Check out these links:
http://www.flamingojimsgifts.com/
http://www.rockawaybeachor.us/
http://www.rockawaybeachor.info/


Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach was really pretty to go visit.  The huge pillars sticking out of the ocean were really awesome to see. If you looked closely you could see a light house on one of the pillars.  It was the Tillamook Rock Light House.  We didn't get at chance to go out there, as it would have been to hard to swim and we didn't have a boat.  There were even some dead jelly fish that washed up on the shore.  There wasn't a lot of sea weed washing up nor were there a lot on the beach.  The only thing that was a problem was around evening the sea gulls were everywhere.  A couple of seagulls even got into our bags of chips and ate them all.
































For more information check out these links:
http://www.cannonbeach.org/
http://www.cannon-beach.net/
http://www.el.com/to/cannonbeach/
http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/best-family-activities-in-cannon-beach-oregon-coast


Washington Park Rose Test Garden

The Washington Park Rose Test Garden in Portland is a great place to visit.  The roses are absolutely gorgeous and smelled wonderful.  They had fountains all of the place and little paths.  It was so interesting to see so many roses in one place.  There was even a spot that you could look out and see Mount Hood in the distance looming over the city.  The rose garden is one of the 24 official testing sites for the internationally respected All-America Rose Selections (AARS).




























For more information check out these links:
http://www.rosegardenstore.org/international-rose-test-garden.cfm
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/?PropertyID=1113&amp:action=ViewPark





Mount Saint Helen

Going to see Mount Saint Helen was a neat experience.  You can still see the devastation from 1980 along the face of the mountain and down a little valley.  That is about the only area that has not regrown yet. there are some wild flowers around the area.   When I was there, the volcano was smoking, but unfortunately, I forgot my telephoto lens at the hotel.  My son thought it was really cool that it was smoking and wanted to stay until the volcano erupted.  I love volcanoes and find them very fascinating,  and  I'm hoping to be able to go back to see it again.






















More information on the volcano:
http://mountsthelens.com/volcanocamera.html
http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens
http://www.volcano.si.edu/volcano.cfm?vn=321050

McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Monday, August 5, 2013

McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway, is a really scenic drive.  There are a lot of lava flows on the drive, plus there are some great views of the Cascades.   Dee Wright Observatory, is a lava rock structure that you can go into or climb to the top.  There is a also a walking loop that takes you around some lava flows.  There are also some places on this loop where the lava rock has been made smooth, which is the old wagon trail.  At the end of the trail is a covered bridge.  I had never seen one before, so it was interesting to see. 









Check out these websites for more information on this byway.
http://byways.org/explore/byways/2148
http://www.tripcheck.com/pages/sbmckenzie.asp


Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway was a really fun loop to drive.  There are tons of lakes on the loop and lots of things to see.  You have a great view of Mount Bachelor as you are starting out on the byway.  It was a lot of fun to see all of the different scenery along with way. Everything is so green and there is still snow on the mountains in July, which is something that you don't see very often where I am from.




















For more information on the byway check out these links.

http://byways.org/explore/byways/2144
http://www.tripcheck.com/pages/sbcascadelakes.asp


Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park is really beautiful, and the lake is extremely blue. I have never seen a lake so blue before.   It was one of the most pretty lakes that I have ever seen.  There were these really thin lines of gold on the edge of the lake.  It was extremely interesting to see.  Crater lake is part of an ancient volcano that blew up and filled with water.

"Its depth of 1,943 feet makes it one of the deepest lakes in the United States, and the ninth world wide.  The fresh water is some of the clearest that is found anywhere in the world.  The interaction of people with this place is traceable to at least as far back as the eruption of Mount Mazama.  The park was founded on May 22, 1902."  (National Park Service, N.D.)






Wizard Island with little steps leading out to it.


Wizard Island in Crater Lake.  Wizard Island is a vent that opened up with the crater collapsed on itself.




The gold strands that are on the edge of the lake.  They were extremely metallic and reflective.  I had never seen anything like this before.







References:
National Park Service. (N.D.). History & Culture.  Retrieved from http://www.nps.gov/crla/historyculture/index.htm









Twin Falls Idaho

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Twin Falls, is an interesting place to visit.  Before entering the town, there is a huge canyon, where waterfalls are coming down into the Snake River.  It is also the home of Shoshone falls, which has been called the Niagara Falls of the West.  It is a beautiful place to visit, and I highly recommend it.


The snake river at sunset.  This is a pretty big river and it was settled in a canyon with green around it.  This was the first time that I had ever seen a pretty big river.  The rivers where I am from are pretty small compared to the Snake River.



Shoshone Falls was gorgeous to see.  The sound was thundering and mesmerizing  at the same time.  Apparently when the snow is melting the falls extend all over the rocks making a beautiful sight.

June's Super Moon

Thursday, August 1, 2013

On the 23rd of June there was a super moon, and I was able to capture a few pictures of the moon rising over the mountain, along with some shots of the moon in the sky.  The whole process was trial and error, by messing with the settings on the camera, along with using a telephoto lens.



 The moon was rising over the the mountains.  I was able to capture the outlines of the trees.  It was really an incredible sight.




The moon in all of its glory.  It was so huge and bright.  It felt like it was daytime.