Category: Hiking

Penrose Point State Park

Day trip to a nearby state park. Nothing special photographically today, but had a nice hike anyways. Sony a7R IV and Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8

High Rock Lookout

While a fairly short trail at 3.1 miles (round trip), it’s a bit steep at 1,300 feet in elevation gain. Eric, has done this hike many a time – even at night, but this was my first time. There’s nothing too interesting photographically until you’re near the top, then there’s a beautiful view of Mt. ...

Crystal Mountain Trail

This was the first time that we’ve been up to Crystal Mountain. It was a bit expensive to ride the gondola up, but worth doing once. I figured it would be easier to hike down the almost six miles than to hike up it, but it was still a nice workout. It was a hike ...

Roslyn, WA with the Viltrox 33mm f/1.4

We just returned from a couple of days in historic Roslyn. It’s a place where they filmed Northern Exposure – a television show that I’ve never seen. The weather was sunny and hot! However, we managed to do some light hiking, see the sights, eat some ice cream, and even wade in a very chilly ...

Swan Creek Trail and Tacoma Lincoln International District

It’s fun to be a tourist near home. Tacoma is getting nicer and there are plenty of places to explore. Swan Creek is one such area. We met up with some friends of ours and took the kids on a hike. Well, we ended up going up the creek and ignored the path, got a ...

Fort Casey and Coupeville

This was our last day on Whidbey Island, so of course we had to check out the Fort. The kids haven’t been there before (I think my oldest had when she was much younger), and had a blast running around the different rooms and exploring. Of course the beach on the other side of the ...

Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail – Whidbey Island

It was supposed to be an overcast and cool day, but it was sunny and toasty! We packed barely enough water, and no sunscreen. Needless to say, we all got burnt – I’m typing this post retroactively about five days after the hike, and my neck is still red. That being said, beautiful scenery though. ...

Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

Yesterday, Nadia (our twelve year old daughter) and I went hiking with some friends from the dojo. James and Malia are the power couple that inspired me to pick up hiking. Just like in the dojo, they both kicked my butt! It was great to join them with our kids (the oldest ones) for an ...

Heybrook Lookout Trail and Last Night in Gold Bar

We hit the trail by 6:00 a.m. – good thing too, the day was a scorcher! There’s not a whole lot to see on this trail other than dirt and trees. As the sun was coming up, the camera had a tough time capturing the dynamic range of the scenes. I suppose I could have ...

Gold Bar and Bridal Veil Falls – Roughing It

Nowadays, the last place I want to be is in a city with riots, Coronavirus, and every event cancelled. Thus, we are continuing to explore Washington and renting homes for extended weekends in remote locations. This weekend, our travels took us to Gold Bar – a place that I’d never heard of. It’s also the ...

Cave Hole, Coal Creek Falls, Quarry, and Fred’s Railroad Trail Loop

On our way up to Gold Bar this weekend, we stopped off at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park in Renton. It was pouring rain, but we hiked anyways – just over four miles (because we took a wrong turn). I brought along the Fuji X-T4 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Even though I had the ...

Snow Lake Trail – My First “Real” Hike

Prior to the COVID19 shutdown, life mainly consisted of family, work, and the dojo (6 days a week). On weekends, we would do small family outings, but didn’t travel too far or too late into the day, because Sunday mornings were occupied with Karate, and Saturday mornings were quite often cardio kickboxing, then Monday was ...

Idlers Rest Nature Preserve on Moscow Mountain

This was a short 1+ mile hike on Moscow Mountain, but it was perfect for my 8 year old and 80 year old mother to accompany me on. It’s a nice drive out on the Palouse and a fun way to spend a few hours.

East Moscow Mountain

We tried something new as a family today, we got up and out early. We, headed to the East Moscow Mountain Trail. It’s an old logging road that is relatively easy to hike up, but quite long for two little kids – especially as things started to heat up. The drive out to the mountain ...

Hoh National Rain Forest

After lugging around a full frame beast and tripod all morning, for this outing, I only used the Fuji X100V. One advantage this camera has over my full frame gear, is a built in flash that can fire at very high shutter speeds. That little flash pops just enough light onto people to really help ...

Ruby Beach

This beach was so much fun! Easily the highlight of the vacation. The scenery was incredible! The tide was going out, so we were able to see some sea life up close as well! Normally, I don’t use filters on the lens as they technically degrade image quality. However, when it comes to water and ...

Marymere Falls at Lake Crescent

This was our first time to Marymere falls, and it was quite a popular destination. We went midday and there were a lot of people there. We all socially distanced of course, but there were parts of the trail, bridges, and by the waterfall viewing area that got quite crowded. When crowding became too thick, ...