Every Summer I get out of the studio and out of my head for a couple weeks. It is a much needed breath, inhaling a different kind of air. Last year the road took us to the endless sandy beaches of the Oregon Coast, on that trip we had tried to squeeze in a drive to central Oregon to visit the iconic Painted Hills and John Day fossil beds. As usual, my expectations were high, but my time was limited and had to forgo this detour. I vowed to return this Summer and just as it looked like it might not happen, a window opened and we hopped in our ruby red JEEP named Scarlett, with my left hand man, The Kiltpiper. It was an awe inspiring adventure of Washington emerald greens and air laced with pine, to Oregon golden yellows and swooshing sounds of windmill blades blowing through wheat fields. We managed to visit the Maryhill Art Museum and The Frye Art Museum during the trip, making it a full fledged photography and art tour. Filling the vessel back up and igniting the senses, food for the artist brain. Here are some of my favorite spots captured on the journey.
Leg 1: Mt. Baker, Washington State
Leg 2: Maryhill Art Museum - Goldendale, Washington
Leg 3: Cattle Ranch and Oregon Wheat Fields
Leg 4: John Day Fossil Beds & Painted Hills, Oregon
Leg 5: back to Washington State via Ochoco National Forest, after major fires
Leg 6: Mt. Saint Helen's, active volcano outside of Vancouver, Washington
Homeward Bound - coming through Port Angeles to Vancouver Island.