My favourite part of Oregon is the coast. I have spent some of the best days of my life wondering around that coast line, looking for trees to hang my cold wet wetsuit on. The coast has so many beautiful coves and hiding places. One of our favourite places to surf ( due to the drive on beach access) is Pacific City, Oregon which is also called Cape Kiwanda. Cape Kiwanda has this beautiful escarpment you can climb and take in the power of the ocean and the wild colours of the rock. Here are some photos I found from a few of us wondering around the rocks…
Our first stop well outside of OC, Kramer Junction.
Kramer Antique’s has everything from old signs and gas pumps to hot rods and old airplanes.
A train graveyard. These shipping containers have been here for as long as I can remember.
Taking a walk across the Olancha Dunes. Good place for 4 wheel drive, bad place for 2 wheel drive…
Spongebob does not live in a pineapple under the sea. He lives here.
The Alabama Hills sit right at the base of Mt. Whitney. The Lone Ranger, Star Trek and Django all had scenes filmed here.
Mt. Whitney and her sisters casting shadows on the valley.
Halfway up Whitney Portal Rd. The trailhead for Mt. Whitney is only 20 minutes from the 395.
Danika embracing her inner canine on the way to Bodie, CA.
Bodie was a boomtown during the gold rush and the second largest city next to San Francisco before it burnt down. Peering into the crumbling electrical building.
The mill. There’s gold in dem der hills…
Disturbing the fishermen in Gull Lake. The water was probably still snow this morning.
Next stop – Yosemite. Dad stands next to what could probably be considered one of the youngest Sequoias in the grove. Still, it was probably there when the Colosseum was built…
Feeling small and loving it.
Tuolomne meadows in Yosemite. “The lake is good to swim in, right? It’s probably warm enough by now? Let’s feel.”
Yosemite Falls, upper and lower. Standing in the middle of the valley with granite shooting up thousands of feet all around us.
How we know we’re on the right road and we’ll be home soon. JLA is snowboarding.
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Hello Summer. This season SAXX presents the Summer Blog Series, featuring inspiring people and places to ensure you are equipped to make the best of those long summer days ahead. From sailing, wedding crashing to glacier snowboarding we caught up with professional snowboarder and co-founder of Drink Water, Austin Smith to learn a bit more about how he spends his hot summer days…
Austin, where are you from and what do you do?
I am from Bend, Oregon. I try to do as much as possible, ride bikes, play hockey, surfing, skateboarding, sailing, traveling, camping, but I am known for my snowboarding.
Snowboarding for a career must allow you to travel to some amazing places. Where are your favorite destinations in the world to travel to for snowboarding?
It really varies depending on what you’re looking for. The north island of Japan has the best snow in the world. Alaska obviously has the best and biggest mountains. Austria and the Alps are usually the most fun trips with a little bit of everything. Lastly, if you want to do a trip in the summer Argentina is the place to go, it is gorgeous down there.
Is snowboarding a year-round job or do you get a summer break?
Last year was pretty nonstop but recently I got knee surgery and it is awesome because it’s the only time I get a real break. Taking breaks gives you time to reassess, reevaluate, reconsider, and refocus, I enjoy it. More office jobs should give sabbaticals, employees would come back either over it and quit or fired up with new ideas.
I agree that a break helps you pause the daily routine and look at it all from a new perspective. With your newfound free time, do you have any summer plans you are looking forward to?
I have a few bike trips planned and Bryan Fox and I host a snowboard race in the summer at Mt Hood called the Rat Race. We are working on that consistently up until the event on July 12th. Other then that I have a few bachelor parties to attend, a few weddings and then maybe hop on my friend Macy and Quintin’s sailboat headed to Australia.
That sounds like a busy summer and all the bike trips will be beneficial for your knee rehabilitation. Other then biking, what sports do you play in the summer?
Last summer I was skating as much as possible but this year it will be more low impact activities: sailing, walking, swimming, just trying to make the most of it.
You are the owner of a Hobie Cat correct? Any sailing trips planned?
The Hobie’s will be at the Rat Race for anyone to rip around on. Besides that, they just live tied up to a tree on a lake outside of Bend, OR and we use them for afternoon lake days.
You seem to spend a great amount of time in the Pacific North West in the summer. What are your favorite summer vacation spot?
Sweaty skate trips to NYC rule, I always end up in Encinitas in the summer, but it is less about the place and more about the people. A big group of us go to Sasquatch every year, and 4th of July in Bend OR is the best destination of them all.
You are known to be quite the wedding hopper. How many weddings are you attending this summer and where are they?
I have 6 weddings to attend thus far, all in the Northwest; it’s going to be a hell of a season.
From sports to weddings, you undoubtedly spend a great amount of time hanging out with friends. Do you have any go-to summer drinks?
Is this a set up? Well especially, post surgery as of now, I just Drink Water. It’s also not a bad option on the hot summer days.
What about the BBQ season? What are your party-favored BBQ recipes?
I usually wait for Curtis Ciszek to catch me a fish, but for the most part, I’m terrible at cooking. I am more of a blender guy, I have a great smoothie menu and a Vitamix that can blend anything.
When you are not listening to the sound of your Vitamix blending the next smoothie do you have a summer playlist you listen to?
I will go to music festivals and dance at weddings, but I’m not too into music. I have all these NPR radio shows that I nerd out on, its my substitution for not going to college.
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Taking time out of the week to go on local hikes has become an important aspect of my life. Slowing down and coming to realization that you don’t always need to fly across the world to find adventure. This past Tuesday, Ashley Barker and I hiked up a popular hike called Dog Mountain in Washington’s famous Gorge. We headed to the trailhead later in the afternoon, just in time to ascended the mountain for some glorious late afternoon light. The colourful wildflowers were unlike anything I had ever experienced, we spent the entire afternoon frolicking around in their beauty. After watching the sunset we descended the mountain wearing headlamps and smiles. This hike was easy and beautiful, we will be back dog mountain.
Photos taken on Nikon F using Portra 400 35mm Film by Caley Vanular