I’ve gotten in this new habit of taking an afternoon off from the 9-5 to go adventure off in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With so many destinations within a few hours’ drive, it seems wasteful not to. It transforms a day from a morning of meetings to an afternoon of outdoor bliss. This time, I took to the mountain with my favorite adventure and photography friend Mary Jo. We decided on a simple hike to the Fremont Fire Lookout. What was supposed to be a casual 5 mile hike, proved to be more difficult for us than expected. Lots of breaks for “photos” and conversation made the trip much easier. Once we reached our destination, we celebrated with a libation and a lot of photo taking. Back down was much easier, with many stops to take in the gorgeous Mountain Sunset and wildlife. It may have been dark when we got back to the car, but we both agreed it was worth the adventure.
After several weeks of hard work with my day job, I needed to take a few days off to disconnect from the everyday and get some extra adventuring in. I took to the Columbia River Gorge with my favorite companion and her2 year old (also my favorite) for a day of hiking.
We decided on Wahkeena Falls to get our PNW fix, knowing that half the vertical hike was paved. This made it “easier” with a little one strapped to my dear friend’s back. With several switchbacks and several goldfish crackers, we made it to Fairy Falls. The water was pristine and the moss and ferns were the most beautiful shades of green. All I could say the entire way up was, “This place is magic- and we live here”. What could have been made into a large loop hike, we made our finale the falls and made our way back down the trail, since hiking with a little one can be tricky. A quick zip to the Eastwind Drive In for a bite and HUGE ice cream cones for all and we were feeling like the day was the perfect amount of adventure and friendship.
J & M have been high school sweethearts turned long lasting love. I had the privilege to have taken their Senior Portraits in the past few years, and was thrilled to hear of their engagement.
We went to Tumwater Falls Park to take in the massive water show going on with several days of heavy rain. They were such good sports to play after the rain and amidst the loud waterfall below. Only the best to them for their wedding day and years together ahead.
Thanks to Katelyn and her Mom & Dad, we spent a crisp fall evening-luckily free of rain- wandering their beautiful property just outside of town.
There was endless gorgeous greenery, a pond or two, mud, cows and a couple tractors. Katelyn is a sweet and super silly kind of gal, so we kept it light until we actually had NO daylight. Time flies when you’re having fun!
Wishing Katelyn a successful Senior year and a glowing future ahead!
I have been wanting to get out into the woods a lot more lately it seems. My house needs some major attention in the cleaning department, but I keep finding really important things that seem to take priority. There are plenty of wet days ahead to take care of the “have to’s”, so I plan on taking advantage of the less rainy days to enjoy what is outside in this corner of the world- the Pacific Northwest and my backyard.
It is the season for senior photos!
This is my favorite time of year because I have the honor to spend my photography time working with new Seniors. This week I took to my favorite park and had the opportunity to work with Merrik, a senior at Capital High School in Olympia. He is a cross-country runner who knows his way around the drums- not to mention one of the most charming smiles around. Merrik has a Senior year full of adventure to look forward to and a great future ahead.