I spent sometime in Yakima, Washington for my 8-5 gig this week. Outside of the 8-5 grind, I make sure to take advantage of my statewide travel by enjoying what the local area has to offer. I had more freedom this time around since I had my own car with me- so I packed up with my favorite colleague and drove up the Yakima River Canyon. It had been 104+ degrees all week, so we chose to go near sundown for a quick trip up to Umtanum Creek Canyon. The parking is easy, $5 for the day, and has picnic spots right on the river. You can take in the views of the canyon and the fly fisherman trying their hand at a naturalist art. We didn’t go far since we were midweek with zero preparations for a deep hike into the sage brush. The few hours we spent were clear, warm, and colorful.
I have this little piece of paradise. It happens to be in my very own backyard. It is so peaceful and calm- in the middle of the Suburban west. Slug destruction aside, this is a quiet little delicious sanctuary that I take pride in every time I clip a leaf of kale for salad or pull a carrot fresh from the soil.
Quiet. Calm. Green. Fresh.I love the Pacific Northwest.
Here are a few shots from a recent little walk up to Marymere Falls on a warm summer evening. This is an easy hike with easy access off of Highway 101 at Crescent Lake. Park near the ranger station and follow the trail. You will be greeted by towering trees, moss as far as the eye can see, and that awesome hallow trail sound with every step.
What does a little rain, a guitar, and family all have in common? A photo session with Austin Radio.
I had the pleasure of taking some new promo shots for my favorite acoustic rock & country duo. They happen to be family, but don’t jump to conclusions thinking that I am biased about their talent. These two elude fun when they sing. They are engaging, personal, and above all, incredible musicians. We took a rainy summer evening and knocked out a few shots at an undisclosed location. (Let’s say, we didn’t get permission…)
If you get a chance, check them out and go see them live. They have a few gigs lined up this summer in the Olympia area.
Saltwater, sailboats, sunshine. I’ve been really lucky lately. I went from one coast to the other, and managed to do so and less than 12 hours. I never took my camera out during my southern adventure this weekend, but chose instead, to take it totally in. I am spending the week on the Olympic Peninsula. The warm-and-brisk-at-the-same-time salty air feels incredible. Best Coast, West Coast.
I have the opportunity to travel the state for my “real” job. I spend about 1 week a month away from home. This allows for a little exploration after the 8-5 day. I get to see towns and scenery that most people wouldn’t think to visit unless they were on the way to somewhere else. This month, I spent a week amongst the green, rolling Palouse. It was gorgeous. Every time I turned a corner, I lost my breath with the contrasting waves of color. There were charming little towns, old farm houses (swoon), and more empty roads than I’ve seen in a while. The southeast corner of Washington makes you feel like you are in the middle of America filled with prairie land and hometown pride.