The Sulphur Springs trail at Paris Mountain State Park in South Carolina was a fun, short trail taking us about an hour and fifteen minutes to complete the 3 mile loop. This handstand is at the trailhead. I would have preferred to get one up at "Mountain Lake", but will have to get that next time we are there.
Back in the U.S.A. !!! That means I have a cellphone!
Seattle bound in just a day or two, outside of Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, WA at a Jack in the Box for dinner after getting off the ferry from Victoria
Rain Forest at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Hard to top those past 2… but here are the rest :-p Here is my campsite at Green Point
Some moss in the rain forest…
Ahh, rain forest in CANADA???
There is a big tree I was promising you
Love the rocky outcrops and islands
Crazy FRENCH PEOPLE!!! I didn’t go to the right because I thought I might get the PLAGUE
Trail down to the beach…
Looking up at it
One view of the big building…
Its top lights change colors a bunch
Late night fountains and Victoria
Victoria at Night
Have to get my license so I can fly a float plane
Cool Parking lot
I like it. Once the sun came out, I feel like i’m the northeast coast, except not as busy, mountains, and just plain cooler. I took a nap during the rain early yesterday and enjoyed playing around on the beach and walking around Tofino last night around late sunset. Just FYI, Tofino is like Marijuana city. I saw probably 10 people in dreads in the hour I was there, and this morning at 1030am while packing up the campsite, could smell a little wafting through the air. British Columbia, aka joint country :-p
Tim Hortons -> Everywhere (almost as bad as Starbucks and McDonalds)
Here are some of my pics from the beach as I enjoyed it yesterday
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Jump for Joy
What the hell is that?
Ahhhh… Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for the next few pics…
I got a Karma Special for Dinner, Yum!
HDRs are kinda like cheating… cause they look SOO cool, but I hope you enjoy!
Pyramid Mountain (Jasper) with a cloud blocking the peak
The wonderful town of Kamloops (meaning the meeting of waters, a native word, I learned that on CBC radio)
Just to the west of Kamloops
Along Highway 99
Turn around from past pic… along highway 99
Horseshoe Bay Park, West Vancouver
Horseshoe Bay Park’s little island
Horseshoe Bay Park
Looking back towards the mainland from the island
The belly of Lion’s Gate bridge
The lion himself
HDR Handstand at Green Point in Pacific Rim National Park
Green Point (a little lighter) Photomatrix lets you play with settings, so I tried two different ways.
Green Point (a little darker)
Wow, i see GREEN at green point!
Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C. Need to get my SES rating (Single Engine Sea)
Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C. Absolutely LOVE the blue in this
Maybe tonight? I’ll do some HDRs, I have the pics now, just need to merge them at somepoint. For now, here are my new pics!
Go support your local Staples store, they have provided me with internet today unknowingly!
Route 99 in British Columbia is truly scenic. Here is a roadside view
When I attempted to locate the ferry docks, I stumbled upon Horseshoe Bay Provincial Park which I loved. Definitely will go back some day.
I love how the hills just come out of the water.
And the island was super cool, of course I went over
Just really loved the landscape. I think I drove by some millionaires houses because they had these outstanding views and were just decadent places.
On my way out to the island…
Just really liked this place. One of my favorite “stumble upons” during the trip.
On the “island”
Handstanded! This is after I got adventurous and went for a dip in the chilly water. It was my “shower”, gross, eh?
A random note… has anyone ever told you about Mount Ranier? I crapped my pants when I saw it from highway 99. In the car I actually said “holy shit!” out loud. hehe.
I didn’t get a pic, but here is someone elses…
So you’ve heard of “Lions Gate Films”? Well, here is the bridge! “Lions Gate Bridge”
And the view next to the bridge
Stanley Park, which is where I took the bridge pictures from is LITERALLY crawling with racoons…
Random Vancouver City
Go Vancouver Team! I think the canucks play next door to this place?
Coming back across Lions Gate at night, trippy effect
Vancouver Skyline at 450am from Cypress Park
These were 20 second exposures
Correctly aligned. This is my favorite
A view from my dash of the Ferry Lineup at 530am
A view of the mainland from the ferry
Looking off the back of the ferry…
And the “Sun Deck”
Looking off the deck
off the back
Namaimo on Vancouver Island
So I’m driving, and didn’t know there were “big” mountains on the island. I looked up and saw this and about crapped my pants. Those clouds can be tricky!
Cool trees, will have to get some wide angle shots…
Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino, here I come, it is 1123am here and I’m off!
I made it, after sleeping in my car on the street, and hearing people talk about girls, and some guy at 4am taking a piss and then driving off… O well, it’s done and I am here in dreary vancouver island.
Off to Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino! I have a campsite the next 2 days, woo hoo! One in Pacific Rim, the other near Victoria.
USA bound on Tuesday at 3pm to Port Angeles.
Pictures will come as soon as internet with speed comes.
Pacific Standard Time! Woo Hoo!
Last night I slept about 30k in on 99 heading south towards Whistler, at a Provincial Park Campground. I started reading through my books on Olympic National Park and some others, and just got excited. I love this. This trip was a great idea, and totally cool. So glad I get to keep exploring!
I’m in the library in Whistler right now. The sunrise drive down from the campground was quite pretty. I’ve got reservations to get over to Vancouver Island, head over to Pacific Rim National Park, and then down to Victoria, so 2 full days over there
Then it’s off to Olympic National Park on Tuesday, and then Seattle for Labor Day weekend!
Hope you enjoy the pics, I’ve driven approximately 500 miles on smaller roads in the past day, phew! Only a little over 100km to Vancouver!
P.S.- Stick to snowboarding in Whistler. The mountain biking was a letdown, almost killed myself on the rocks, and then gave up because it wasn’t worth it.
Do you know this creature?
Pyramid Mountain… Glorious
Kamloops, British Columbia
Just outside of Kamloops heading west
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Along the roadside of 99 in B.C.
What about this guy, he your friend?
Pretty flowers with a mountain Bokeh
Most AWESOME jump EVER, it goes OVER the mountain!
2010 Olympic Bobsled and Luge Track!
Don’t have a plan, we’ll see how it goes! Later!
Woke up at the Columbia Icefield campground, and headed up through Jasper to town. Set up camp at Whistlers Campground, and then jumped on the bike… and rode for 5? hours. Then showered, woo hoo! Headed into town, called Kristen and Home with Skype (it’s awesome!), went into a pub, got 1.5 beers, a chicken Caesar salad, and talked to some guys from Edmonton. All in all, a long, good day.
Close up of the Icefield
Athabasca Falls, Are you “Fall”-ing for someone?
Winding River in Jasper
Ahh, nice view on the bikeride
Goose, Goose, Goose, Goose, Duck?
One word… “blue”
Me like this one. Shot from the makeshift biking bridge on “overland” trail.
I was there… at least my (John’s old) bike was there.
As far as I went, before I decided I should turn back…
Wind up… (the music box) (from below) (stream)
Sun breaks through…
Green, blue, white
I like this one too…
After I was “lost”, hiked up what seemed like millions of steps with my bike, and trudging back towards the campground, I found the bridge I wanted to take a picture of originally. I was soaked, and it was still lightly raining, but this made it all worthwhile!
What’s at the END of the rainbow? A POT OF GOLD… and it’s UNDERWATER!
Have you seen something more vivid? Awesome.
Handstanded the Rainbow, for the 2nd time! (see first one in Cozumel, Mexico)
So I biked a long ways, for about 5 hours or so. The red is where I THINK I went
Another point of the Continental Divide, soo cool.
I poured Water on both sides… Atlantic and Pacific!
View from the roadside in Kootenay National
Another View from that Roadside… See the smoke?
Paint Pots are pretty neat I’d say. Orange…
Orange Stream… They’re located in Kootenay National Park, right near the border of B.C. and Alberta
A little green and orange.
Orange River for the win
The Kootenay River, right by the road
Looking upstream towards the footbridge
Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park
More Marble Canyon
Video of the “Marble Canyon”
Awesome roadside view
View down the main street into banff, headed right at the mountain!
The infamous Banff hotel… Mortgage, or one night here?
Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
More Lake (Thanks Cecil for telling me to stop by!)
Minnewanka has been handstanded!
Dreary Afternoon, today is supposed to be worse
Cloud? or Mountain?
One of my favorites of Lake Minnewanka. The boatride (not on that boat) is 40 dollars, and too much for me this time… maybe i’ll catch one at Lake Louise?
Looking down the Pier