Tuesday, October 15, 2013

2013, Day 287 - Spiked punch

The benefit to a sleepless night is that it allows you the opportunity to carve out a little more time in the day for yourself.  It was still dark when I got up so after walking and feeding the dogs I drove out to the Eagle Creek trailhead to hike out to Punchbowl Falls.  I had never been before and was a little distressed to find one other car in the parking lot with all the door open, things strewn everywhere, and the driver-side window smashed.  While I know that these placed are often a tempting target for thieves it was almost enough to make me turn around and leave but I didn't.  Instead I did what I do when I worry about leaving my car in a theft-prone area; I packed the contents of the glove compartment in my bag and left my empty car unlocked with a small note in the driver-side window noting that it was unlocked.  I would rather them rummage through a whole bunch of nothing than break a window.

After cleaning up the car I set off down the trail.  It was still quite early and there was some fog nestled along the creek as I hiked in.  With the possibility of a break-in on my mind I didn't linger too long, only about half an hour to explore a few vantage points and then I packed back out.  Next time it would be nice to take a buddy and a little more time.  The Columbia River Gorge is full of these little gems only a short hike off the road, I think I need to make a list so I can make sure I don't miss out on too many more.

Canon 1D X, Canon 24-70/f2.8L Mark II
35mm, f2.8, merged layers of 1.6, 3.2, 6, 13, and 25 sec @ 320 ISO

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