Thursday, July 1, 2010

traveling the pacific northwest with mama tierney

Trading in corn fields for mountainous vistas, Casey's mama made the long trek for a visit to Pacific Northwest this week.  For part of her adventure, I tagged along, seeing some areas that I hadn't even experienced yet--starting with Seattle, Washington. Here we strolled along the water front watching gigantic cargo ships cruise in to be unloaded at the ports, walked through the famous Pike's Marketplace tasting some of the most amazing cookies ever, and spent the night at Casey's aunt Kim's place with a fantastic view of the Sound.

seattle's skyline
ports in seattle
cargo ship being guided in
casey getting tired of being photographed...

Next, we headed back towards Corvallis stopping off at Mt. St. Helens.  Thankfully, the morning clouds burned off and we had outstanding views of the crater. Beautiful.

mt st helens
mt st helens

my, what a big crater you have...
cathy and me
casey and cathy

The next day, we headed down and east for a trip to Bend, Oregon and the Newberry Volcano. Unfortunately, late snows spoiled our plans of going up to Paulina Peak where we could get great views of the surrounding mountains, but we were still able to enjoy some sunshine, lava flows, waterfalls and good times by East Lake. For dinner we headed to the Deschutes Brewery in Bend where they were celebrating their 22nd birthday and to our surprise ran into our friends, Dale and Cerese, who were also camping in the area. Because the campgrounds were full for the night, they graciously offered to allow us to squeeze in with them for the evening.  Bright and early the next morning, the sprinklers kicked on and soaked us and our camping stuff...not fun. Seriously, who has a sprinkler system at a campsite...IN THE HIGH DESERT?

lunch and sunshine at the east lake of newberry

what blog is complete without a cute rodent...

can you find casey and his mom in the obsidian flow?

camping with dale and cerese
the knight in shining marmot gear saves us from the sprinklers
yummy breakfast

One of the last stops on the whirlwind tour was Crater Lake--a place that never that fails to amaze.  No matter how long you look into the mesmerizing blue waters, the scene never looks real. The day was complete with camping next to Salt River and Yahtzee. Perfection.

The next morning, the situation of sprinklers blasting us at our campsite that we experienced near Bend met its match...a rooster. Seriously...what's the one thing you should not bring with you to a a ROOSTER?! Yep, someone decided to bring this guy and let him roam the area for the night. He made his way into our campsite and started crowing at 6am! Not cool. We were pretty annoyed at the time (in both situations), but it was pretty amusing nonetheless.

wizard island

so blue....

cathy dominating casey in yahtzee 

Next up, a night out on the town--pizza and drinks at American Dream and a river walk along the Willamette. 

downtown corvallis

along the willamette

 isn't he handsome?

To make sure Cathy had a good last impression of Oregon, we spent her final day at the coast. Greeted by clear, blue skies and sunshine we had a great time checking out the view from Cape Perpetua as well as the beaches lying below. We attempted to make it back in time for sunset on Mary's Peak, and while it wasn't the greatest, the sky still treated us to some wisps of color and made for a pleasant evening. 

 cathy's toes discover the pacific

 view from cape perpetua

cape perpetua

mary's peak sunset