Friday, August 31, 2007

Indian Heaven Backpacking!

After a sleepless night of shooting the eclipse- Bethany, my sister, my brother, and our friend Isaac from South Dakota went on a quick 1 night, 2 day backpacking trip to the beautiful Indian Heaven Wilderness in Washington. It was only about a 30 minute drive to the trailhead, but the problem was that we never found the trailhead that we planned on hiking! So after an hour of driving around, we basically just drove up a random dirt road in the middle of nowhere and found a trail called Placid Lake. So we hiked that one and it was great. We only saw 4 people the whole time, and they said it was good we didn't find the trail we planned on hiking because there was people everywhere!

Here are some photos from the trip!

A cool looking mushroom-

A cool little toad on my finger, these little guys were everywhere!

My wonderful siblings Lindsey and Colin cooking up some yummy pancakes-

Bob's pancake mix, chocolate chips, and the best freshly picked huckleberry's you've ever tasted!The finished product. Fresh Huckleberry's and my parents home-canned blueberry jam on top... Sooooo good!
We all swam in the lake... a bit cold, but very refreshing! Of course my sister Lindsey was the first in, she's a stinkin' polar bear when it comes to cold water.

After the campfire everyone was dozing off in their sleeping bags and I was gonna do the same, but I was feeling lame for lugging my tripod up there (adding a few pounds to my bag) and not using it.... So out of guilt I stayed up a bit longer, stoked up the fire, and set up the tripod to get this shot. Glad I did!

I woke up in the morning to this site out my tent. So I unzipped the door, aimed the camera up and got this... all while still in bed. Now thats my kind of shooting!

To make things even crazier, we got home that afternoon and there wasn't any wind on the Columbia which is super rare, so we took the boat out and went wakeboarding until dark. Then that night there was a lightning storm, which is totally rare too! And I've never been one to turn down the opportunity to shoot lightning no matter how sleep deprived I am, so I was up until sunrise (6:30AM) shooting the lighting... I'll put those photos up soon!

Here's a shot that my brother took of me wakeboarding-


Blogger Portraits By Lucinda said...

That sounds like to much fun! Hope you are enjoying yourselves in Wa. I want one of those pancakes!!

8/31/2007 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So I unzipped the door, aimed the camera up and got this... all while still in bed. Now thats my kind of shooting!"

Now that's awesome! If only it was always so easy! That's a great shot, too.

8/31/2007 11:21 PM  
Blogger Mike Matas said...

Those are some good looking pancakes!

9/01/2007 12:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

are you guys twins?---you look so much alike!!

9/01/2007 10:09 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

nope were not twins... he's 4 years younger! but our voices and the way we look are getting more and more alike, it's crazy!

9/01/2007 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to trade lives for a week?! and talents? and siblings? okay-I would trade you except I would have to give up the kids...couldn't do that!!

9/04/2007 9:13 PM  

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