My DH is a really good photographer and has had an itch to get out to find the wildflowers. Saturday we were in Yakima for the Davis Invite track meet, so we decided to ditch the meet a little early and head down to the Columbia Gorge.
(Incidentally, Kirsten pr'd in the discus with a throw of 94 ft! She's getting there.)
Unfortunately, the wildflowers had already peaked since we had such a mild winter and early spring, but there were still patches in some areas. We stayed overnight in The Dalles, OR, and explored all around the back ridges from The Dalles to Hood River, plus Columbia Hills State Park on the Washington side.
And look what we found!
Yes, zebras and camels! There were even a couple of giraffes who were camera shy, plus some llamas and alpacas. Someone has quite a hobby farm going here.
These are from the highlands above Hood River.
I took these photos with an extra camera DH is letting me use. It's a Canon 60D with a lot of bells and whistles that I need to learn. It's bigger and heavier than other cameras I've used, like the Rebel, but I think I can adjust.
It was fun getting to do something a little different and I'm hoping there will be many more trips just like it in the future!