Saturday, June 30, 2012

Out Living It!

It's June in Oregon again, which means several things....cold weather, lack of sunshine, and FIRST DESCENTS CAMPS!! Kate is transformed into Pixel and every night ends with sore stomach muscles from all the giggling.
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Curl Girl
This year I again volunteered as the Camp Photographer.  The Camp was an FD1 camp, which means it was the campers' first experience with First Descents.  This can be translated to an introduction to silly nicknames, whitewater kayaking, and overcoming fears.  It is a week full of both teaching and learning, positive energy, bravery, growth, and inspiration.
Band Camp
We spent a week on the Klickitat River (with some rafting on the White Salmon River) learning lessons from the river and from each other.  I'm always amazed with how much I walk away from camp with.

Thanks First Descents and all the staff and campers that made my week awesome!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What Its Like to Kayak Over a Waterfall

Check out the May 2012 issue of Reader's Digest for an account of what its like to kayak over a waterfall! The story describes my paddle over 82 ft. Metlako Falls:

Panther Creek Falls

After working with Tyler Roemer on some amazing kayaking shoots, Drew and I really wanted to do an engagement session with him at Panther Creek Falls, WA. The falls are surreal and stunning and we love spending time there. It is such as misty and beautiful place. 

On our way home through the gorge, Tyler suggested we stop and get a few more photos by the Columbia. We stumbled on some quiet coves at Home Valley Park just as the sun was setting. It was very romantical and fun to check out someplace new. Tyler did an awesome job as always. Here are a handful of our favorite images he got that evening: