Looking Ahead

Most of the arti­cles that appear here will be nar­ra­tives based on my expe­ri­ences trav­el­ing around the U. S. Pacif­ic North­west, which usu­al­ly means the states of Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton and parts of Ida­ho. I will broad­en that region a lit­tle to include parts of adja­cent states as well as south­ern British Colum­bia. There is lot more to trav­el­ing than going com­fort­ably from point A to point B, so as I move through the nat­ur­al and cul­tur­al land­scape, I’m like­ly to digress. I may dwell on top­ics such as his­to­ry, geol­o­gy, arche­ol­o­gy, mys­tery, romance or any­thing else that might catch my inter­est. Pho­tog­ra­phy will also fea­ture promi­nent­ly in its own right, not just as a way to doc­u­ment my trav­el. So I’ll include some cov­er­age of my expe­ri­ences with cam­eras, equip­ment and cer­tain out-​of-​the-​mainstream technologies.

Here is a sam­pling of what is to come:

Wild­flow­ers. When Spring arrives, it’s time go out and col­lect pic­tures. I usu­al­ly start with the Colum­bia Riv­er Gorge and move into and east of the Cas­cade Moun­tains later.

Birds and Bird­watch­ing. We’re on the Pacif­ic Fly­way and bird­watch­ing spots abound. I’ll start by vis­it­ing the wealth of refuges on or near the Interstate‑5 cor­ri­dor through West­ern Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton. Excur­sions to places like the Mal­heur Nation­al Wildlife Refuge in South­east­ern Ore­gon will come later.

Favorite Places. On the Ore­gon Coast, I’ll start with the small coastal vil­lages of Ocean­side and Netarts, a favorite week­end get­away. I plan to explore Belling­ham, Wash­ing­ton and the San Juan Islands; my wife and I came close to mov­ing there a decade or so ago. And while we’re up north, I plan to head over into Cana­da for a grand tour through Van­cou­ver Island and adja­cent coastal British Columbia.

In the dry coun­try east of the Cas­cade Moun­tains, It’s time for me to explore and pho­to­graph the Palouse coun­try of East­ern Wash­ing­ton. And I plan to go back for more pho­tog­ra­phy around the Wal­lowa Moun­tains and Hel­l’s Canyon in North­east Oregon.

And I’m just get­ting started.

Air­planes and Avi­a­tion Muse­ums in the North­west. I was a pri­vate pilot for about 20 years and have been an avi­a­tion enthu­si­ast for a lot longer than that. I no longer fly, but I still like to vis­it avi­a­tion muse­ums and oth­er places where I can find inter­est­ing air­planes. I’ll prob­a­bly include a roundup of muse­ums, air shows, fly-​ins and oth­er places to visit.

The Dalles to Canyon City Stage Coach Road. My wife and I spent a few days in cen­tral and east­ern Ore­gon try­ing to retrace the route of The Dalles to Canyon City stage-​coach, which first ran in 1864. We saw some beau­ti­ful coun­try and learned a lot of his­to­ry. The route pass­es by the ghost town of Shaniko and the John Day Fos­sil Beds, end­ing at the gold-​rush town of Canyon City. Its his­to­ry includes all the clichés of the west­ern movie: gold fever, mur­der, range wars, con­flict with the native peo­ples, cor­rup­tion in high places. In fact, there is so much mate­r­i­al that this will take sev­er­al installments.