Detroit Lake, a Lovely Blend of Blue and Green

After leaving Newberry National Volcanic Monument I headed northwest along Route 22 and happily came upon a lovely lake. Situated 45 miles southeast of Salem, Detroit Lake boasts aquamarine waters and abundant plant… Continue reading

Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Or, An Excuse to Post Lots of Pictures of Rocks.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument surrounds the area of Newberry volcano and includes lava flows, obsidian fields, cinder cones surrounding volcanic vents, and a lava tube. From the highest point in the park, Paulina… Continue reading

Bonus Waterfall: Paulina Falls

Just outside the Newberry National Volcanic Monument I stopped by Paulina Falls, expecting a nice little waterfall – which I got – plus a bonus waterfall. Thanks, Oregon.

Crater Lake National Park. Or, How Many Pictures Can You Take of the Same Lake?

Answer: A lot. Especially when it’s this beautiful. After spending a few days on the gorgeous Oregon coast, I somewhat reluctantly drove inland towards Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake is a 2,000… Continue reading

Cliffs and Coastline, Sea Stacks and Shoreline

As far as I can tell, the Oregon coast is the perfect combination of blue waters and striking shoreline. Because of all the volcanic activity in the area, much of the coast is… Continue reading

What Lies Beneath: The Wonders of Low Tide

The Pacific teems with life just underneath the surface. From kelp forests to sea grass to barnacles to tide pools, the ocean here reveals wonders at low tide.

Sunlight and Waves of the Pacific

The Pacific Coast in Northern and Central Oregon was just spectacular: jagged coast, dramatic cliffs, baby powder sand, deep blue and green water, prominent sea stacks, and sun. This post features some of… Continue reading

Driving Down Highway 101 in Oregon

I have spent the last few days driving down Highway 101 in Oregon, thoroughly enjoying the plentiful sunshine, rocky cliffs, and gorgeous beaches. I’m making my way inland now to Crater Lake National… Continue reading

Cape Disappointment: A Hike to a Lighthouse Leads to an Abandoned Battery

I stayed overnight near Cape Disappointment and in the morning decided to hike the bluff to the eponymous Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Starting at Waikiki Beach, I climbed to the top, where the still-active… Continue reading

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is a remarkable place, combining the grandeur of the northern Cascade Mountain Range and all its attendant 300+ glaciers with both temperate rainforest in the west and dry ponderosa… Continue reading