Over the past 7-8 years I have led many of our photo club members to most of the American National Parks in the Western United States and the most rewarding and memorable trip was probably the Pacific Northwest taken in this time of year (late September) 2013.
Twelve of us flew to Seattle and in two vans we drove to Port Angeles for overnight and witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises the next morning before we drove up on Hurricane Ridge Road to the top of Olympic National Park, a World Heritage Site for its diversity of nature settings including glacier, rain forest and beaches. We were lucky to have a clear day to drive up because most of time it was all so foggy up there.
Dawn at Port Angeles:
On Top of Hurricane Ridge Road:
Sol Duc Falls:
Hoh Rain Forest:
We stayed at Kalaloch Lodge on the beach of Pacific Ocean for two nights and what a beautiful place for taking the pictures at the crack of dawn:
We then headed South to Cannon Beach in Oregon:
Fellow photographers taking sunset photos:
Oregon coast is just marvelous and this is one of the stops to see the unusual Sprouting Horn at Cooks Chasm:
We then drove inland to tour the Columbia River Gorge to see both Latourell and Multnomah Falls:
Mount Hood as viewed from Route 35:
On the way back to Seattle we stopped by Mount St. Helens to see the massive destruction of the eruption in 1980.
Seattle waterside at night and said good bye to Pacific Northwest: