Nice evening for a sunset cruise in Cabo. Von and I enjoyed ourselves and I will have a lot of photos to process when I get home.
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As I was coming home this evening I saw the rain clouds over Pasco and decided to drive down to the banks of the Columbia River to see if I could get an interesting photo. I did not have my ‘good’ camera with me so instead just used my camera phone, a Galaxy Nexus, to capture what I could.
The rain cloud photos did not turn out as I hoped but towards Rattlesnake Mountain I caught this photo of the sunset which I thought was worth sharing.
After spending the weekend at Ocean Park for our family reunion, we packed up the ole Arctic Fox trailer and headed across the Columbia to Fort Stevens State Park. We have wanted to camp here for a long time but never made reservations early enough. This year I found a space available from Monday through Thursday that would fill the gap between our planned weekend camping spots. The 3,700 acre park has nine miles of bicycle trails, six miles of hiking trails, as well as miles of beach, so there is always plenty to do and explore. Kevin & Kyle would have no problem running the beach each day to get their 5 to 6 miles in for Cross Country pre-season practice.
We visited the historic military area which has a museum as well as the concrete bunkers built as military fortifications to guard the mouth of the Columbia River. The original earthwork fortifications were build during the Civil War were replaced by concrete structures and served as an active military base until the end of World War II. The kids enjoy exploring the dark interiors of the huge bunkers and posing next to the large guns.
We had great weather while at Fort Stevens! Not only did it not rain (much) on us, one evening the sky was not overcast at all and we had a great sunset. I drove back to the beach to get some photos of the 1904 shipwreck of the Peter Iredale with the setting sun. I got what I think are some fantastic shots.
We also signed up for the ranger-led kayak session on Coffenbury Lake. The rangers explained the history of Fort Stevens as we paddled around the lake early in the morning. The kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly. I really think we need to buy a couple of kayaks for the family to use on the Columbia River around home as well as when we are out camping.
Before we knew it our time at Fort Stevens was over and it was time to hook up the trailer and head toward warmer weather to finish out our vacation near Mount Rainier.
I left the office as the sun was going down and immediately wished I had left earlier.
The clouds were quite distinct and the sun was casting a beautiful orange glow over the whole western sky.
I drove as quickly as I
could dared down to the river where I hoped to get an unobstructed view of the setting sun over the river and Rattlesnake Mountain.
Even though I made record time down Columbia Center Blvd, the sun had definitely gone down a little further by the time I got down to the river. I hopped out of the car and took some photos from the parking area which gave a great view but then walked down to the causeway to get some water level shots as well.
I forgot I would be battling not just the setting sun but also mosquitoes! As soon as I got down to the causeway, the mosquitoes realized dinner had arrived. I also would make sure to put some bug spray in my camera pack!
All in all I am happy with the results. At least 2 of these will get enlarged to 8×12 and one of those might even get some more fancy treatment. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.