With the 4th of July holiday quickly approaching, I decided it was time to set up the season’s first backpacking trip. And with the extremely warm weather, I decided to focus my efforts into the Olympic National Park. So after a bit of researching, and back and forth with various options, I ended up choosing the Seven Lakes Basin, aka High Divide Loop.
With a slight break in the weather, I decided I would head off to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and do a bit of backpacking.
Another favorite among locals is the Lake Serene, Bridal Veil Falls trek. Located in the Central Cascades this hike boasts a combination of powerful waterfalls, steep inclines and alpine lake views.
My previous, and first camping trip on San Juan Island, was in the cold harsh winter. Even as such, I had a great time and wanted to go back as soon as I could. So with the weather a little bit warmer, I took some time off from work and reserved another spot at the San Juan County Park.
Winters in the Pacific Northwest tend to drag on at times. It’s not the cold or the rain. It’s the constant grey skies that start to wear on you. So when I saw a weekend forecast that called for blue skies and warm weather, I decided it was time to make an early trip to the San Juan Islands.
Smack-dab in the middle of a Pacific Northwest winter, I came up with a stellar idea. Let’s go camping in the Olympics! Even with my over the top enthusiasm, I couldn’t find anyone else to agree with this plan. Sure, the weather might be a bit much, but that wasn’t going to stop me…nooo sir!
It was the last day of 2012 and I had decided instead of boozing it up, I was going to spend it camping at Fort Stevens State Park in Northern Oregon. To be honest, I only chose this location because of the Wreck of Peter Iredale. That, and its close proximity to my previous night of camping back in Cape Disappointment State Park in Southern Washington.
It’s creeping into the rainy season here in Seattle. And that means I’m either going to hide in my studio and work on releasing my older projects, or get off my butt and get out there and learn to shoot for the conditions. After talking with several friends, It was evident that I needed to go check out Wallace Falls State Park. So with moderate rain on the forecast, I packed up early Saturday morning and headed out into the grey.
Just south of Anacortes, between Fidalgo and Whidbey Island, you’ll find Deception Pass State Park. I’ve never been up towards this part of Washington, so with the rare chance of a sunny day in the winter, I loaded up the car, left Seattle and started driving North.