Hike it baby: the GORGE

We have been blessed with some unusually balmy weather here in the NW and this last Saturday on a whim I joined a couple of friends of mine on a nice easy hike called Dry Creek Falls.  I used to get out and hike a lot more before babies and since then I’ve really slowed down in that department, that is why I’m so impressed by my friends Anka and Ezechel who although they have become parents have not slowed down at all, in fact I almost feel like they have increased their pace.

It was impressive to see these parents with their babies on their backs hiking alongside just as if they weren’t crying an additional 30+ pounds. I didn’t have my babies with me, however I did bring my camera along and got a chance to photograph some beautiful scenery. I love landscape photography and I cherish every opportunity to get it in. The day started out sunny, at least it was sunny at my house (about 45 miles west of the destination) but as I was driving east it was getting more and more foggy and wet the closer I drove to the Gorge. I was quite surprised at the change in weather. However I have to say that the weather turned out to be perfect, not too warm not to cold.

After the hike since we were right by the Bridge of the Gods I walked a little ways on to it to take some photos looking out over the Columbia River, not a safe endeavor especially at 2 pm when there are lots of cars coming and going, also by this point the sun was high in the sky so it was a bit more challenging photographing into the sun. I’m sharing some of the photos here and will be posting more on my flickr page, if you’re interested in seeing more feel free to click the link to my flickr page. I love where I live and this one hike has gotten me excited for getting out there more. In fact I’m looking for a photography hiking group in this area, if you know of one feel free to leave me a comment below.

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where it all began…

 

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here’s how it works…

 

there's a method to the madness and they have it down.

there’s a method to the madness and they have it down.

 

little Apollo

little Apollo

 

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crossing under I-84

 

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I had to do it…

 

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the Hike it baby group, I was always lagging behind there was just too much to photograph.

 

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that foggy gloom was so cool.

 

 

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Dry Creek -can you see the face in the photo?

 

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my friends Anka and Ezechel and little Apollo

 

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Apollo sharing his snack – all the hiking got them hungry

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Dry Creek Falls

Dry Creek Falls

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on the way back down the sun was higher and the fog almost all gone

 

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looking west over the Columbia River

 

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looking northeast from the bridge

 

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on my way home I had to stop on the side of the freeway to capture this scene. there is a low riding layer of fog on the river.

 

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4 Comments on “Hike it baby: the GORGE

  1. I love hiking! These photos are amazing 🙂
    I hope you’ll find a group soon – sometimes it’s a bit tricky to hike with non-photographers because you feel you’re always making them stop and wait while you take pictures.

    • Hi Ines, thank you for the comment. I hope I do find a photography group soon because you are right, I hated holding them up so I would be constantly running to catch up to them. It gave me a good workout though.

  2. Great photography. The positioning of the trail in your first image leads your post into the unknown and i love your other images especially those of the columbia river and the pine trees. Awesome post love it all 🙂

    • thank you for your comment, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and photographs. It was my first post from this year with landscapes and I’m just realizing that this is the form of photography I love best. I have a lot to learn.

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