After dropping my girlfriend off at the airport the other day, I stopped by my buddy Bryce’s house for breakfast. He’s a random dude, and I’m a spontaneous guy, and somehow this combination ended up with the two of us paddling in kayaks down the Columbia Slough in the rain. To date, I’d never actually paddled a kayak, (always wanted to try) but as a former Boyscout with my Canoeing merit badge, it wasn’t totally unfamiliar to me. The Slough is a good spot to paddle around for a first timer, and I was able to dial my paddling technique in pretty quickly, which allowed me to really look around and appreciate the experience.
We drive by this wrecked car every time we shuttle our downhill bikes. One day I finally took a picture of it.
Apparently it has been there for years. Local kids in the Astoria and Knappa areas frequently utilize logging roads for party spots. This is located at the top of a mountain, at the end of the road. My buddy Jeff, who grew up here, said his father used to party up here as a kid, and it was back there even then.
Let’s go bowling
I took my girlfriend bowling for her birthday. (among other things) I had my camera bag in the car, and felt weird about leaving it out there, so I brought it in. Once I had it, of course I had to document a bit of our bowling experience. We were the only people in the place, which was interesting. The old lady at the counter wouldn’t stop looking at us. Guess my speedlight on the floor was really interesting to look at. Perhaps she hasn’t seen anyone take pictures while bowling.
Either way, these ended up my favorites of the group.
At the mouth of the Columbia
Cold and wet weather riding
This image does a good job of illustrating how I feel about riding in the cold and wet northwest winters. It has been raining for over a solid week. Whenever there is a break in the precipitation, we’ve been lucky enough to take advantage of it.
My girlfriend Inga assisted with the shutter on this shot. She assists me quite a bit in my mountain biking photography. While I have been having good luck with my remote shutter release, I still haven’t found a way to take a self portrait shot and pan without my voice activated camera stand. 😉 This was pretty close to the shot I wanted, a glimpse into our trail rides here in the winter. My Canon G10 really does a good job as a trail riding camera, but I might need to come back with some lights, since it’s dark in the woods this time of year.
Mini-photo shoot in Longview
After a fun trail ride in Longview the other day, I pulled out the gear to get some shots of bike riding pal Alex shredding this fun single slalom type trail.