Recharging The Batteries - Road Trip Washington & Oregon 2014

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

Mt. Baker visitor centre and lower hiking trails.

Brandy Saturley with Nikon in front of Mt. Baker peak.

Trekking through the snow in slippery sneakers!

hiking trails and glacial ponds at Mt. Baker

Ski hop fence @ Glacier.

She'll be coming down the mountain...Mt. Baker picturesque view.

Leg 2: Maryhill Art Museum - Goldendale, Washington

The stunning Maryhill Art Museum and grounds on the banks of the Columbia River.

Brandy Saturley at Maryhill Art Museum entrance.

The outdoor sculpture garden at Maryhill Art Museum is a relaxing and adventurous way to spend an afternoon.

The outdoor sculpture garden at Maryhill Art Museum is a relaxing and adventurous way to spend an afternoon.

Leg 3: Cattle Ranch and Oregon Wheat Fields

Wilson's Ranch Retreat B&B - 9,000 acres of rolling gold hills, hay fields, cattle, bunnies and horses.

sunset over Fossil, Oregon

Chestnut horse at the ranch.

Sunset at the ranch.

Windfarm and wheat fields for miles between Columbia River crossing and Fosssil, Oregon.

Fields of gold...

...and fields of wind.

Leg 4: John Day Fossil Beds & Painted Hills, Oregon

The iconic Painted Hills landscape of Oregon, see the white stuff, those are fossils.

Close-up of the baked clay, multicolored, ever-changing hills.

Reds, golds, limes, peaches, mauves...

Me and Scarlett at the hills.

A closer view of the hills and a walk through the base.

A closer view of the hills and a walk through the base.

Leg 5: back to Washington State via Ochoco National Forest, after major fires

Forest fires still smoldering a week later. 

Blackened bark and green pine turned golden white.

Green means we are nearing Washington.

Green means we are nearing Washington.

Hay fields and Mt. Hood.

Leg 6: Mt. Saint Helen's, active volcano outside of Vancouver, Washington

Mt. Saint Helens and the muddy, silt filled river. 

Viewpoint of the hazy crater.

The valley growth of green since the big eruption in 1980.

close-up of the crater

close-up of the crater

stumps from the original eruption remain as their own forest

stumps from the original eruption remain as their own forest

Homeward Bound - coming through Port Angeles to Vancouver Island.

Port Angeles Pier and tower viewpoint.