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Washington & Oregon
Washington State is the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Huge volcanoes and mountains, lush, nature rich landscapes, deserts and some of the most dramatic coastline on the planet can all be found within this incredible State.
After arriving into Seattle our first base will be the amazing Palouse region. An incredible landscape dominated by fields of wheat and the most incredible undulations. In the middle of this region stands Steptoe Buttte, a huge hill with sensational views. We will aim to catch early and late late light across the hills and landscape 360 degrees around us from the butte whilst visiting lone barns and trees during the daylight hours.
The landscape here is like nothing else on earth, simply incredible.
After 4 days in the Palouse we will travel just over the border into Oregon to spend a couple of days in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. Here we will find many of the worlds most photogenic waterfalls all surrounded by the most incredible lush early summer greens throughout the gorge. Moss covered rocks and canyon walls make this a beautiful vibrant location.
Lastly we travel into the Olympic National Park. This location has absolutely everything! The huge and picturesque Olympic Mountains tower above the clouds. We will aim to drive to an elevation of 1500 metres often driving through the clouds until we reach the snow covered summit and views across the mountain range.
The cooler air from these mountains meets the warmer sea air around the base of the range creating some fabulous rainforests, rivers and waterfalls. There are several areas to explore in this region and we may see the odd Black Bear or Roseveldt Elk in the forests.
The coastline on the Olympic Peninsula is amongst the most dramatic on earth. The constant pounding of the Pacific Ocean has left incredible tree lined sea stacks along the coast. We will visit this magnificent coastline in the afternoons as the setting sun illuminates these huge sea stacks and the sky beyond them. Second Beach and the surrounding beaches of La Push provide us with a wealth of photographic options and incredible geology.
All locations are within relative easy walking distances from our vehicles, some walks will be of up to thirty minutes or so but none are steep or on extreme terrain.