In 2009 when Rachel and I spent 3 weeks in the Pacific Northwest I took a few photos that required some additional post-processing. I started that work back then but life got in the way and they’ve stayed in a work-in-progress folder on my computer for years. I figured I might as well throw them out there as-is since they most likely won’t get any farther.
I love seeing old pictures of Downtown Rochester. Historical photos of places we see all the time are just so interesting. On top of that I work in one of the most historical buildings in the city, the old Aqueduct Building, with the statue of Mercury on top close to it’s original place. The building is located near main street on the Genesee River. As such, our building is almost always visible in these old photos.
The following is a Panoramic picture from 1906 of the Genesee River area. You can see Mercury in it’s original position above the Cigar factory. Just across the canal (what later became broad street) you can see the Aqueduct Building. I found the picture (amongst others) on the Rochester Subway site.
So damn cool.
Our original plan for Sunday morning was to head to the west side of Mount St Helens. However; after checking the weather report, it seemed like it might be a bit useless. Overcast throughout the entire region for the whole day. No matter, one of the greatest things about this area of the country is if you head an hour in any direction you’ll hit a different climate zone. So that’s exactly what we did. When we went out to the Columbia Gorge last we were a bit rushed and didn’t get a chance to check everything out that we wanted to. This time we took I84 straight out the gorge and didn’t take any detours until we passed route 35 (the farthest out we made it last time).
We happened upon a few good viewpoints along the way (such as those at Ruthton Park) but our luck severely turned when we chatted briefly with a Ranger at the Twin Tunnels Trail. She told us a little history about the road we were on and how the rest of it was closed to all but bikers and hikers (with a permit). She then told us about an excellent viewpoint, called the Rowena Crest, coming up along the Historic Columbia River Highway and gave us directions.
The Rowena Crest is one of the best overlooks of the Gorge that we’ve seen. To get there you start heading east and it gets drier and drier the farther out you go. This makes for some dramatically different scenery. This was perfect for today as it was overcast and damp in Portland. Once we reached the Rowena crest, we spent a little while walking around the trails and getting shots of the curvy roads we’d have to take. Then we headed back to Portland to visit with the Hamalainens and the new Heath family for one last get together before everyone headed home. We only stayed for a short while before heading on to our next stop, Bend Oregon.
What little we saw of Bend was very pretty. However; Bend was really only a halfway point for us to make the drive to Crater Lake tomorrow shorter.
Today was bright and sunny too. They sky was so clear we had to go up Littl Blue Mountain(edit: the previous link was wrong and linked to little blue not littl blue) again. We did and there were actually other people at the top! Some guys were fiddling with a broken down 2007 Yamaha and I had to snicker. Give me a Polaris any day. Mine is a 2006 but my parents have a 1979, 1995 and 1997 which are all still running solid and they’ve never had to do much to any of them.
From the top of Littl Blue we could see White Face Mountain crystal clear almost 70 miles away. The picture doesn’t come close to doing it justice but it’s the best I could do. Just the shear vastness of the space you can see up in the mountains like this is always impressive. I created the panorama to demonstrate.
We had our snacks on Littl Blue and then headed down for some scenic riding. Along one of the main trails we hit a snowmobile traffic stop. Yes, on easter sunday the cops have nothing better to do than look for snowmobilers riding without insurance and with expired registrations. We were all valid and were just about to go when the cop noticed my insurance paper had expired a few weeks earlier. Great. I explained to him that it definately is still covered I just had forgotton to grab the new paperwork. “We have no way to tell” he said as he issued me a ticket. Awesome, now I have to deal with getting that dropped when I get home. This crap irritates me for lots of reasons but I’m not going to complain about it here.
After getting delayed by the traffic cops we headed on to horseshoe lake. The trail had been cleaned up since we were there a few days ago and it was a much better ride. It’s a good thing because I was tired of bouncing up and down on moguls.
The sun was a lot warmer today. It was just warm enough to melt some of the snow on the south side of the hills. The air was still cold however; that when the water ran down and started to drip it would freeze instantly creating some very neat ice formations.