Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beacon Double Down Hoe Down 2011

It was a long weekend but I decided I needed to leave the house and clear my mind with some fresh air and the promise of bikers hurling themselves through the air so I hopped on my bike and rode down to the Double Down Hoe Down.
I actually missed a significant portion of the racing but there was plenty to see afterward, here are the results.

The rest of the photos can be seen on my portfolio here: DDHD 2011

Also digital files for use on social networking sites are available with watermarks. Shoot me an email and I'll get you a low-res copy.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oregon Coast - Florence to Newport

This one is a bit late but the adventure is still fresh in my mind. I wanted to post something nice to look at before I head out for 10 days to the Red Rock Rendezvous.

Joe and I left Eugene and headed westward to Florence, OR. There we spent the evening sleeping in the car at Honeyman Campground I can't attest to the quality of the facilities because we arrived very late and escaped with the sunrise into Florence to find some food and comb the beaches and intertidal zones.

Our first stop of the trip was at the overlook for Heceta Head Lighthouse. We snapped a few shots, checked out the sea lions who were chilling on the rocks below us and then headed to the lighthouse to hike around and we took the free tour.

I love me some tide pools. Anemones are pretty much one of the coolest tide pool creatures ever, I love their colors and I love my waterproof camera.

Next up we cruised up the coast until we came to Stonefield Beach (which was unfortunately closed, it appears the parking area had washed away) but I couldn't resist a beach that I'd never been to before so we pulled over and got out to check it out. It was very pretty and empty since the parking area was non-existent.

Also this was the maiden voyage of the new road trip machine. I'd like to introduce all fo you to the Xterra. I haven't named her yet, nothing has really come to me yet. I'm open to suggestions though. It's not as simple as naming the Subarus, as they basically named themselves. Either way she exceeded our expectations and she'll see many more road trips to come!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shaniko & Painted Hills, OR

I ran out of town like my hair was on fire on a Friday night to cram in a mini-adventure. The result was a couple of days spent in the cold and snowy Oregon high desert.

I met up with a friend and we ventured around Shaniko ghost town and the Painted Hills Area outside of Mitchell, OR.

It was cold and snowy and windy but it was just what I needed. I was out of town with my camera in hand getting in a little adventure between my weekly stints as a responsible adult.

I'm looking forward to a visit in the spring when the grass is green and the snow has melted.

Also I did a more thorough write up on the trip for a friend's blog so you can check out his site to get a little more information:
Eugene Outdoors