In the Face of Adversity

In late September and early October, 2013 we took a journey from San Francisco, California to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Our thousand mile drive up Highway 1 was made all the more challenging as the coast was being battered by the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk. This windy and wet storm pounded the western coastlines of Oregon and Washington, depositing the heaviest rainfalls ever observed in the region and bringing wind gusts of up to 85 mph to the coast.

September was considered the wettest September on record since 1978 in Seattle, Washington and 1997 in Astoria, Oregon!

This unprecedented early-season storm challenged our journey north for 4 days. We bundled up in rain gear and faced the storm head-on. Great storms create great light and epic skies, so we stayed positive and moved on.

In addition to the typhoon, our trip took place during a government imposed shutdown of the National Parks due to the lapse in appropriations. The National Park Service closed 401 national parks, a number of which were on our list!

With all of this, we had a great trip with great folks and we were still able to capture images with abandon! We experienced mother nature’s finest and overcame many challenges. Everyday is a gift!

Enjoy our adventure!


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  1. Angelina April 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    We don’t always have ideal conditions so we may as well make the best of it. What a bummer that you got double whammies on the trip. I can image what Oregon Coast looks like under that weather. Another reason to go back. Thanks for sharing!

    • Denise Silva April 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      Absolutely on the agenda to go back. Weather aside. The west coastline is amazing and so full of photographic opportunity, there will be more than one more trip. đŸ˜‰

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