After a chilly-yet-beautiful pre-wedding shoot with Josh & Stephanie in Bend, we hit the road for Eastern Oregon and the quest for solitude. There is something completely relaxing about driving into vast, open space, and that was exactly what we were looking for. Our first night found us headed towards the Steens Mountains. The Steens hold a huge amount of Aspen groves (fairly rare in Oregon), and we were hoping to glimpse some fall color. It turns out that we were greeted with snow instead! It was really cold camping at about 8,000 feet, but it was worth it to experience snow in October! Plus, it added wonderful texture and contrast to the fall landscape.
Looking west into Lake Creek Canyon at sunrise.
An aspen grove at the bottom of the canyon.
After one night up in the Steens, the desert sun of the Southwest started sounding better and we decided to head towards Nevada en route to Utah. A few hours into the drive, Joelle startled me when she noticed a mirage of cattle seemingly stampeding toward the car. This turned out to be our favorite moment of the day, and the cows were not stampeding, but were being driven to a new pasture down the highway! We did pull off the road in time, however, and gave our regards to the cowboys as they passed. Pretty crazy for a state-highway!
Here they come . . .
. . . and there they go.
We are super-excited to be hitting the road for a little rest, relaxation, and adventure! We will be out through the end of the month, and the loose “plan” is to head to the Southwest (Utah, Arizona), on to San Diego to visit friends, and then take a long leisurely drive all the way up the Pacific coast back to Portland. We will be posting as much as possible along the way, so stay tuned on our Adventure page for all the updates!
Last month, we headed to Portland’s very own (and stripped-down) version of Coney Island–Oaks Park. Complete with rickety rides, scary ride operators, and challenging games of “skill” along the midway Oaks Park is mildly surreal as it is completely different from any other place in Portland. It also turned out to be a refreshingly fun location for a pre-wedding shoot with James and Whitney. I have to hand it to Whitney–this was all her idea and we think it turned out great! The colors, crazy-carnival vibe, and joy of this couple combined to make this a very unique shoot. I’d also like to give a quick shoutout to the guy that let me inside the throwing game booth, and the merry-go-round operator who let me step and climb all over the horses while it was moving and full of people–many thanks!
These two are self-proclaimed fierce competitors with each other. Turns out that Whitney is the better shot!
Doing my best to think thin and hide behind James in the mirror on the right.
The one on the right is my all-time favorite. I can’t help but crack-up every time I look at this. I think Whitney got her face stuck here–and check out the crazy anthropomorphic hot-dogs underneath James. Yikes!