I recently got back from my adventure to the Pacific Northwest and went straight to work making my way through the 3500+ photos and retouch the keepers.
I spent a little over two weeks exploring as many of the incredible places from Seattle to Portland as I could find. For me though this does not involve either of those cities. Instead I focused on spending as much time in as remote and natural locations as possible.
Many people told me I had to spend some time in this area of the country. I'm happy I was encouraged to do so, because the landscapes and scenery were amazing. There were several times I said "that's one of the coolest thing I've ever seen".
I spent a full week in the Olympic peninsula.
I learned the minute I got there, that in the Olympic peninsula, if you want to see the good stuff and get the best photographs, you have to be willing to work for it. There are very few roads here and those only take you to the trail heads that you then need to hike to get to best sites. The lake in the photograph below was only a mile hike from the road, but it was probably one of the steepest trails I have ever taken on.
After an incredible week in the Olympic peninsula I headed southeast into the Cascade Mountains, but that will be the next post.