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Campsite Photo Trip - Summer 2012

2012 Summer Trip Recap

Greg gives us the highlights from his 5 Month long Summer Camping Trip:

I was looking through the blog posts from this trip and after a few good laughs I decided to pick out my favorite photos and condense the five month trip into one last post. There is nothing new here except the final photo, a self-portrait I took at Tuolumne Meadows.

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My first glimpse of the ocean was at Harris Beach State Park in Oregon.

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Notice the color of the sky? It is blue. For the next 70 days I would only see the sun seven times. The drive north on the Oregon and Washington coasts is aptly called the "Pacific Coast Scenic Byway".

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I crossed over the Rogue River Bridge and visited Cape Blanco and it's lighthouse.

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I stayed at Bullards Beach State Park where the sun was nice enough to come out and dry my tent.

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I crossed two more bridges, Coos Bay and Yaquina Bay and spent some time at the harbor.

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There are two lighthouses in this area, Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head.

Yaquina_Bay_Lighthouse Yaquina_Sign Yaquina_Head_Lighthouse

Can you tell that I like lighthouses and bridges? Next stop was at Depoe Bay where I observed a seal and a seagull engaged in a spirited debate.

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A rare sunny day showed up so I spent some time at the beach.

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Followed by a trip to the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

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All you can eat cheesy goodness!

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I also like funny signs. This one still cracks me up.

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At the northwest corner of Oregon I spent some time at Fort Clatsop.

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I had watched the Ken Burns documentary about them just before starting the trip. It was neat to walk in their footprints and see what they saw.

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I crossed the Columbia River on the Astoria Bridge and visited two more lighthouses, Cape Disappointment and North Head.

Astoria_Bridge Cape_Disappointment_Lighthouse North_Head_Lighthouse_1

I passed through South Bend, Washington, the "Oyster Capital of the World".

Oyster_Sign Oyster_Boats

From there I headed north into Olympic National Park and all it's green glory.

Olympic_Sign Graves_Creek_Campground Quinalt_Rainforest

Near Hoh Rain Forest I was stared down by a wild taco and later at Fairholme by a duck.

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Near Elwha campground was beautiful Madison Falls.

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My last night in Olympic was at Staircase campground. I had a spot right on the river and the birds provided nice background music.

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I looped around Puget Sound getting a far off glimpse of Mount St. Helens and continued on to Mount Rainier National Park.

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I passed by some more signs.

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The one above makes me laugh. If there were no warning signs then that sign shouldn't be there. I camped at La Conner and got the evil eye from a bald eagle eating a salmon in the pouring rain.

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While there I checked out Admiralty Head lighthouse and Deception Pass bridge.

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I enjoyed a nice sunset and the next morning found an old weathered boat on my way to the Canadian border.

La_Conner_Sunset_5 Old_Boat_1 Old_Boat_3 Border_Sign

I visited Peace Arch Park and took a stroll on Canadian soil.

Arch_4 Welcome_USA

I headed east and spent some time in North Cascades National Park.

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I used my new stove for the first time, making a batch of tacos.

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I also complained about the terrible working conditions I had to endure.

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Leaving the park I took some photos of Diablo Lake.

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I passed through the towns of Winthrop and Leavenworth on my way to Crescent Bar.

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You can read the post about what happened to me here: Lightning Crashes

My tent took a beating and ended up looking a little different.

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I passed through Toledo, Washington, picked up a "camping god", and camped at Silver Falls State Park in Oregon.

Toledo_Sign Camping_Idol Silver_Falls_Campsite

I wish I could have spent more than one night there. There is a trail of about 10 miles that takes you by 10 waterfalls. I only had time to visit one, South Falls. The trail goes behind the waterfall for a unique perspective.

South_Falls_2 South_Falls

I visited two calderas, topless volcanoes that had water inside. Newberry National Volcanic Monument was a surprise. Located around 35 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon, this was probably my favorite camping area of the trip and I did not even stay there. There are two lakes inside and you can camp right next to them. And the beach...

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Beautiful! Crater Lake National Park was nice in it's own way. The campgrounds are a few miles from the lake and there is only one steep trail down to the water.

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I liked the view from the south rim looking south in the morning light.

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I arrived at Lassen National Park in California just in time for a forest fire. I packed up and left the next morning.

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Another hidden gem was Van Duzen, a Humboldt County campground near Fortuna, California. There were giant redwoods and some great swimming holes.

Van_Duzen_Trees Van_Duzen_River_1 Van_Duzen_River_3

Speaking of swimming holes, two campgrounds just off Interstate 80 near Yuba Gap had some great ones. Hampshire Rocks,

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and Indian Springs.

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I camped four nights near Oregon House, California, on the South Fork of the American River. I met some nice people and ate some interesting food.

Morning_Beach_1 Crowded_Beach 13_Lizards Lizard_Tacos

I finished up at Yosemite National Park.

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I spent 3 nights at Tuolumne Meadows hanging out with my friend Glenn.

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Finished up the trip with five nights in Yosemite Valley.

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On the way home I passed by Tenaya Lake and went down Tioga Pass.

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As I was heading south on US 395 I kept hearing a squeaking sound from my left rear wheel. I pulled over a found the problem.

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So there you have it. The "Reader's Digest" version of my trip. Beats reading all 30 blog posts. Am I forgetting anything? Oh, the self-portrait. I am always behind the lens, never in front, so I thought I would share this with you in case you were wondering what a camping fool looks like. Enjoy!

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Regards, Park Ranger

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