I took a road trip last week from Oregon to Utah to visit my kids and camping along the way. It was a good way to clear the head and also catch up with my kids. Here are a few photos of the beautiful and dramatically contrasting landscape in the western US.
I camped at Clear Lake Oregon in Central Oregon where the water is of course crystal clear, but really cold due to being fed by a natural spring that starts the beautiful Mackenzie River. 3000 years ago there was a lava flow that dammed up the spring and created this lake and in the process covered a forest of massive trees. The trees are like ghosts just under the surface in the clear water preserved by the cold water.
Oh, the sunsets were epic complete with osprey diving to catch fish and wild otters playing.
A nice hike to Proxy Falls
A few off road adventures and then a stop to cool off for lunch at the Deschutes River just outside Bend Oregon.
A really old Boat Ramp sign where the tree has grown around the sign at Suttle Lake Oregon. Made for a fun photogrammetry case creating a 3D textured model from about 30 photos taken on my phone and then using Autodesk ReCap Photo on my laptop.
Camped and enjoyed a soak at Crane Hot Springs which was nice, unique, remote, and scenic until you get bit by a water big or are dinner for billions of hungry mosquitos but still worth it.
Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City Utah
Bonneville Salt Flats Utah. Still a lot of water so there wasn't any racing going on out there on Bonneville Speedway this year.
The drive home through NW Nevada and NE Oregon.
And finally back home to NW Oregon, tired but refreshed from the adventures and time with family.
We should hold an annual Tech and Design Campfire get together! Talk about trends and industries around the campfire with beverages. Anyone interested?
Now time to get back to work!