Blackbird Island is one of the most overlooked parts of the popular destination of Leavenworth, Washington. While there’s plenty of shopping, restaurants, and pubs just a short walk from there, this quiet public park and trail system is the perfect chance to get away from the crowds.
This quiet spot overlooking the Wenatchee River, with its bench and fenceline, not only begged to be lingered at, but also to be photographed.
Finding great examples of old painted business names or advertising still left on the region’s old buildings always makes me stop and take a photo.
This colorful advertisement for the Liberty Theatre, still operating in Downtown Wenatchee by the way, is a real thing of beauty. Commonly referred to as “ghost signs”, they offer a unique look at local history.
Pacific Beach State Park sits north if Ocean Shores and is located, obviously, right on the Pacific Ocean. It’s a small state park but the whole area has a lot to offer.
This photo was taken on our first day there, shortly after we arrived. The beach is beautiful and I couldn’t pass up the perspective of these old piers lined up and heading off in the distance.
Soap Lake is one of the more interesting destinations in Eastern Washington. It’s legendary waters are loaded with minerals and, to this day, many still tout their health claims.
On the shores of the lake is an impressive sculpture feature a Native American scene. Scattered around it and embedded into the surrounding cocrete are these stones honoring the contributors who made it possible. It makes for an interesting looking scene itself.
This photo was taken near Waterville, Washington in August, during the height of wheat harvest. The contrast of the golden wheat with the abandoned house under shade trees was hard to pass up.
Diablo Lake is one of the many highlights of a trip across the North Cascades Highway. Diablo Dam holds back the water of the Skagit River in its effort to create much needed electricity for the Pacific Northwest.
This photo is taken from the Diablo Lake Overlook. The turquoise water is stunning and there are scenic views in multiple directions.
The Willamette River flows north through the Willamette Valley and right past a number of notable Oregon communities, including Salem, Corvalis, Albany, and Portland. It also provides a lot of scenery and recreation along the way too.
Here is a look at five fun facts about the Willamette River.
There are twelve rivers that flow into the Willamette River: Coast Fork Willamette River, Middle Fork Willamette River, Long Tom River, McKenzie River, Calapooia River, Marys River, Luckiamute River, Santiam River, Molalla River, Yamhill River, Tualatin River, and Clackamas River.
The Willamette River is 187 miles long. Where it flows into the Columbia River is 101 miles upstream from where that larger river meets the Pacific Ocean.
A Lot Of Water
Though it pours into the Columbia River closer to its end than its beginnings, the Willamette River contributes about 12 to 15 percent of the total water flow of the Columbia.
By water volume, Willamette Falls on the Willamette River just south of Portland, is the largest waterfall in the American Pacific Northwest.
The First Western City
Oregon City was founded on the shores of the Willamette River, right at Willamette Falls. It was incorporated in 1844. This made it the first incorporated city in the United States, west of the Rocky Mountains.
Winthrop, Washington is a great destination. Kids and adults both love the Old West themed getaway.
On a recent drive across the North Cascades Highway, we stopped in for a bite to eat and a walk around town. On the east end of town this classic lodging sign caught my eye. It’s got a great rustic look to it and the font is perfect.