In May 2019, Prem went on an adventure to Oregon.
Here is a highlight video that really shows off the trip with still and videos including some drone footage:
Today was a very long day with some ups and downs. I flew out very early in the morning and landed in Portland around 10:00am.
I started my trip at the Japanese gardens in downtown Portland which is a very serene and beautiful location.
Next it was on to one of my favorite waterfalls, Multnomah Falls. Unfortunately views to the waterfall were closed off due to a controlled avalanche they were doing.
I then drove to Panther Creek Falls in Washington which was hard to find and even harder to get to the base of the Falls but totally worth it!
All day it was grey and rainy, but it wasn’t raining hard enough to keep me inside.
Next I drove back across the Columbia River Gorge into Oregon and planned to camp at Trillium Lake near Mt Hood but the roads were closed for the season.
Onward to Smith Rock State Park. The skies started to clear up and it was a beautiful evening!
4.5 hour flight and 7 hours in the car today but it was pretty good for the first day!
Well, it appears that I couldn’t have timed this trip any worse. Great weather the day before I got here. Rain everyday while I’m here, and then great weather scheduled for the day I leave.
I was really grateful for the break in the rain and the 30 minutes of blue sky at Crater Lake this morning.
All the other places I tried to go to had the roads closed for the season so I couldn’t get there, or they were rained out.
However, I ended my day driving through the Redwoods on one of the most amazing roads I’ve ever been on. It was pouring rain but that didn’t stop me getting some pictures under an umbrella.
The day started stormy clouds over the endless surf pounding the steep and rugged cliffs. What a beautiful coast!! I spent some time driving farther south into California.
I spent a lot of time exploring different sections of the Redwoods. The trees and plant life here are breathtaking and way better to photograph on a rainy day like today as opposed to a sunny day where you get lots of patchy light.
I don’t think I’ve hiked that much in a long time. From the redwood groves to the crashing waves, I had a blast. It rained on and off all day but it was mostly just sprinkles which allowed me to get out and do what I do.
See if you can spot me in the second photo which was taken in the Samuel Boardman State Corridor…amazing place!!
With the on/off rain, I was grateful to have a minivan where I could stretch out and take a nap and wait for the rain to stop. Also, when photographing sunrise and sunset, the days are very long so afternoon naps are a lifesaver!!
I had a beautiful morning along the Oregon coast. The day started with a rainbow on the horizon that looked like lava exploding from the ground.
I headed farther north to Bandon Beach which has some amazing rock formations.
Next stop was the Haceta Head Lighthouse which is a very famous lighthouse that I believe is one of the most photographed spots in America.
After that I headed farther up the coast to Thor’s Well which is basically a hole in the rocks on the coast where the surf fills up and drains out in a mesmerizing fashion. It was a beautiful location but I got a bit too close as the tide was coming in and got splashed pretty good!!
I then drove inland to visit some good friends I haven’t seen in many years (Eric and Shawna) who live in Sublimity, OR. The farms out there are so pretty!
Today was an absolutely beautiful day on the coast. Sunshine and puffy clouds. I know that Michigan has terrible weather forecasting but I’m pretty sure Oregon is worse because last I checked, it was 94% chance of rain today and I didn’t see a drop. After leaving Eric and Shawna, I drove back to the coast and started at the Devil’s Punchbowl Arch.
Next, I drove up to Cape Kiwanda and hiked around to different areas along the cliffs. The surf was pounding and spectacular.
After that, it was up to Cannon Beach for another few hours enjoying a beautiful evening. It was one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in a while.
The flat beach gave an amazing mirror reflection although when the surf came in, it chased me back a long way because it’s so flat.
Today was a nice slow day to wrap up my trip. It started with a spectacular sunrise at the coast at Ecola State Park. Next, I drove back to Multnomah Falls which thankfully was open this time.
That was followed by a visit with my friend Fundy who works in Portland. Then it was time for my flight home!