Last week I had the chance to meet up with two friends of mine Aaron and JT, both who are from just outside of Portland. A year back I actually visited this area on my west coast backpacking trip, but I mainly stayed inside the city. This year I flew into Portland with the goal of seeing the mythical place that these two guys call home.
There are a few moments during my travels that really left me speechless. This was one of them. I have followed Aaron's Instagram for a while now, and see images all the time. These seemingly foreign places to me look so out of this world it was difficult to imagine what it was like to see it with my own eyes. Our first stop was Latourell Falls.
The bridge in the bottom right corner gives you a perspective of how massive this thing is. It was always hard to get a sense of scale through images and the rushing water had so much energy. This place people called home was completely foreign to me. Sensual overload.
We hopped back into the car and headed to the next destination. Since Aaron was driving I had no idea where he was taking me. Multnomah Falls was the next destination, and instantly recognizable - I had seen this hundreds of times online. But I was seriously not ready for the sheer mass of water moving down this thing. Its genuinely incredible - even more so than in any images I have seen. We were a bit crunched on time since we wanted to drive up to Seattle afterwards, so we warmed up with coffee and snacks and got on our way.
On the right side of the road, there would even be tiny waterfalls trickling off the side. Both JT and Aaron pointed this out as we drove further into waterfall wonderland. It was everywhere. We ran into Horsetail Falls somewhat unexpectedly and decided to make our last stop.
Aaron gave me a few tips on how he actually goes about shooting falls. I don't know why I was so impressed that he knew all the little details that made a good waterfall photo - he lives and breathes this stuff.
In coffee we trust.
Before I left for this trip, my buddy who owns a print shop hooked me up with a ITEM Project pull over with a graphic I did. Shoot me a message if you think I should sell these.
We finished the day with our goal of getting up to Seattle. Although I only spent one afternoon there, it left an impression on me. I actually plan on heading back in a few weeks when we don't have a time crunch. I would say a detour well spent though - and gave me a taste of why everyone raves about the PNW.