Portland was the coolest trip we've taken if you judge it by the stuff we saw. From Sea to Mountains, the Portland theme was diversity and fish. The Ecola Park Lighthouse took a lot of work to make the movie but it is very cool. Check out the 8 photo sequence of the lighthouse being eaten by waves.
Next, look over the general photos in the middle then, when you are ready for the really interesting, go to the bottom of the page for the Kayak Kids saga.
The Ecola Park Lighthouse
Ecola Park is on the ocean. Serene and hilly, it is a quiet place to visit. The lighthouse is on an island about a half mile off shore. Under high waves it shows up under water.
The "I don't remember the name" Aquarium
I remember the place and the rain but I cannot remember the name. it was a tourist place and the photo of the seals watching Bruce watching them is one of my favorites. Fred Jr. is in homage to Fred, a large mouth bass that my friend Morgan kept in his kitchen.
Not often, but sometimes we get lucky and run into something really
unusual on our trips. There was that time when this happened to us... no, wait,
it wasn't unusual.
I guess this is a first! Bruce mapped out a day featuring a visit to seven waterfalls along the Columbia River. I think he did it to kick my butt. For whatever reason, we found ourselves at Bridal Veil Falls where we got to watch two imminently crazy kids fly their kayaks off a 140 foot high and 40 foot wide waterfall. (Of course if you are in Law Enforcement, everything on this page was done in Photoshop and the names are fictitious. That's my story and I'm stickn' to it.)
Other Photos from the run.
The story fascinates me. The number of situations that had to come together to make this happen is numerically significant. We could have easily missed the entire thing had we done any number of things for a minute more or a minute less than what we took. Had we stopped for breakfast at someplace other than Jack In The Box we might not have these photos.
I noticed the Kayak Kids making their way down the path when we rounded the final curve in the path to the Falls. Then, when we started up the hill to the Observation Platform, the video crew was doggin' our heels. I had no idea what was up until I noticed the colorful kayaks moving up the hillside toward the top.
We got to the Observation Platform and took up a position below the videographers with a clear shot through the trees, to the center of the Falls. I had about 200 shots left on the card and decided to put it in High Speed mode and document this event, having figured out what was going to happen. It turned out that my 8 shot buffer was just barely good enough to catch everything.
Here is Karl's email to me:
Hey, nice job on the website. I'm very impressed with
how the photos came
out. After Bridal Veil we drove up to Hood River and ran a rapid called
Once again, there is no copyright notice.