Learning to photograph waterfalls, contain your excitement please

Learning to photograph waterfalls is something I became obsessed with recently. The opportunity does not arise very often to shoot waterfalls, considering where I live. But I did a lot of reading, and finally had the opportunity earlier this month while on Orcas Island Washington. I am pretty happy with my first attempt after jamming my brain with knowledge. HERE are a few pictures. www.jimmysellers.com/pictures/thumbnails.php?album=1032014-07-Oregon-Washington-July-2014-1001

Geocaching in the Great Northwest, Oregon & Washington

In the short time I have been geocaching it has provided my family and friends with some 2014-07-Oregon-Washington-July-2014-283amazing adventures. Mostly it brings me to places I would have never been otherwise. Seeing sights and views that I would not have found, or dared travel to without searching for a hidden container. Our trip to Oregon and Washington was no different. I was able to hike to and find some of the oldest geocaches still active, original hides made in the year 2000 (cue song). Thanks again geocaching. HERE are some of the pictures and views because of geocaching. www.jimmysellers.com/pictures/thumbnails.php?album=100

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Final day on Orcas Island

Another busy day of outdoor fun here on Outdoor Orcas Island. The day started absolutely perfectly, with french toast. After that it was time for a massage. Wifey made the plans, so there had to be some ‘chick friendly’ activities today. Nothing quite as fun and a reminder of the frailty of human life as getting naked in front of a strange woman. I usually pay more than we did today for this pleasurable activity. Once we were done getting a tuggless rub, it was time to kayak again. We went to the nearby beach and rented a kayak and cruised around the bay. From there we went back into Moran State Park. We went on a horsie back trail ride. It was the thing Wifey was most excited about. She does this all the time at home, but it is her favorite thing. I enjoyed it tremendously. 20140710-221941-80381023.jpgI can’t imagine traveling across the country in that fashion, but 90 minutes in the beautiful forest is fine with me. It was getting near dusk by this point, we hiked down to Cascade Falls to get some after dark pictures of the moving waters. I think they may have came out good, I can’t wait to get home and see our pictures from this trip.
Tomorrow is our last day here. We hang around the island until about 2pm. Then we are on an overnight flight home. I will have my pep talk with the pilot to let him know the precious cargo he is carrying, and to please not nosedive into the boring middle of the country. See you on the east coast.20140710-221958-80398334.jpg

Relaxing on vacation is not ‘Merican

Yesterday was quite an adventurous day. Wifey decided to take the day off and relax. She claims that relaxing is part of being on vacation. I claim that is Bravo Sierra. I can relax at work if I need, like the rest of ‘Merica. So I had the entire morning and afternoon to run amuck on my own. I decided to go for the big hike here, to the peak of Mt Constitution. We had already been to the peak to enjoy the view, but that was by way of car, via 6 miles of switchback mountain roads. I made it up and down safely using the loop. I stopped for pictures all along the way and met some great people during the day. At the end, including a few side trips, it was about 9 miles.
Little Summit:20140710-084901-31741485.jpgThe first couple miles were almost straight uphill, using an old path created for telephone poles/line back when you used to have to crank it. After that it was gradually uphill, and the downhill was quite steep.
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Safely down and packed up I headed back for dinner. After dinner we decided to head BACK to the park for an after dinner stroll. the sun stays out until at least 10pm, and is back up around 5am. So we went and did a stroll around Cascade Lake. I fell into the water trying to show off, that made Wifey laugh. Making her laugh is most of what I live for, so it was more than worth the wet foot, sock, shoe, leg, and pants. Chalk up another 4.5 miles for the day by the time I got to bed. Wonder what today has in store for me? Hopefully whatever it is, it starts with french toast.
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Transition Day on Orcas Island

Today was the morning we had to get out of our home on the cliff. We could not get into our next place until 4ish, so we were homeless for a while. We did what any good homeless couple would do, got in our rental car, drove to the State Park, and wandered around in the woods. That’s right, not much indoor stuff to do here, except sleep. It appears that half of the population here also sleeps outside too, but I can’t quite get wifey onboard with that. We said goodbye to all the critters that lived in the bushes and trees, then made our way back to Moran State Park early this morning. We decided to do one of the medium length hiking loops, around Mountain Lake. It was recommended to us by a pack of lesbians the other day, so we thought that hike HAD to be good. We hiked around the gorgeous lake, took some pics, climbed some trees, and chatted like a couple on a first date…basically making fun off our loser friends back home. Most of my favorite activities.
After the hike we made our way back into town for some lunch. After lunch we ran into a lady from Vancouver with a Bernese Mountain Dog. It almost made me miss home. Hi Charlie, if you are reading this.

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