With something beautiful dispensed by nature at every corner, Oregon is a nature lover’s paradise. Home to bewitching forests, thunderous rivers, numerous waterfalls, flowers, ferocious coast and some of the most astonishing geological wonders. Truly a place to be lost in admiration, this has become one of our favorite destinations.
We prepared a long list of things to do in Oregon. Multnomah Falls, Oneonta Gorge and Crater Lake were the three major driving factors to plan this trip to the northwest. All three were absolutely spectacular and no doubts about that. Frankly, we found some of the other places more enjoyable and exciting. Food tasted FRESH and delicious everywhere. 5 days were definitely not enough to take in Oregon. But by the end of it we were totally blown away.
Utterly blown away by our Glacier Bay cruise trip few years back, we made this trip to Anchorage to check out more of what Alaska has to offer. We booked a 5 day trip package to Anchorage one summer. It was 12:30am when we arrived at Springhill Suites Hotel University Lake. Thanks to midnight sun we were able to get our first glimpse of the city without having to wait till morning.
Over the years we have lived in beautiful Golden State we have seen many popular attractions. Yet it is so vast that we still have a long list of places we need to cover. But on this 10 day road trip we did not want to rush and make it only about visiting popular tourist destinations. We designed this itinerary with photography as our main goal while having the best relaxing time.
It was November when we visited this jewel of the pacific northwest. Knowing well some of the roads and sites were closed, and thanksgiving weekend is not enough time to explore the entire Olympic Peninsula, we still made our travel arrangements for a 3day/3night trip. We packed layers, rain outfits, camera gear and were all set to go.
On thanksgiving day evening we arrived at Sea-Tac airport and immediately started on a 2hr drive to Sequim in our rental car. As it was a holiday and all restaurants were closed, we had to manage with frozen packaged food and a microwave in our hotel room at Holiday Inn Express.
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve displays a brilliant orange carpet of California Poppies every spring. 70 miles north of Los angeles and 20 miles west of Lancaster, this reserve blooms between mid March to early May, influenced largely by the weather.
We went based on wildflower forecasts on the internet and it turned out to be the perfect day. Poppies were in full bloom painting the valley in a vibrant orange. Some of the other flowers we could see were Phacelia, Lathenia (goldfield), Bristly fiddleneck and Blue gilia. It was a hot and windy day but we managed to get few good pictures.