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East to West Coast Photo Essay

East to West Coast Photo Essay

AlgonquinSunset

 

We’ve made it as far west as we intend to go so it’s time to head back east, starting with our flight back to the mainland (from Hawaii) tomorrow.   You may be wondering what we’ve been up to during our 3.5 months of travel in the States (and parts of Canada).  The highlight has definitely been catching up with friends and family that we haven’t seen for years, or in some cases even decades!  We’ve also enjoyed all of the fantastic National Parks our continent has to offer (Glacier, Banff, and Bryce were just a few of our favorites).  We’ve done a bit of sightseeing, eaten some good American food (BBQ in Memphis and Kansas City, lobster in Maine, etc.) and seen the regions we’ve always wanted to visit – the Pacific Northwest and New England were as beautiful as we imagined!  And we’ve spent time in some fun, funky cities; they are definitely ‘Keeping Portland Weird’!  But, honestly, after all of our time overseas sometimes traveling in the US can have its monotonous moments.  We’re used to constantly being shocked by unusual sights and different cultures when we’re abroad.  Yes, I know we’re getting spoiled, but it seems like no matter how many thousands of miles we drive (we’ve driven over 19,000 so far!), there are still a lot of the same things.  Bryan keeps commenting how tired he is of seeing nearly identical shopping centers with Lowe’s, Walmart, and McDonald’s.  That being said, we definitely don’t regret exploring our home country.  We invite you to take a trip with us through Bryan’s photos, as we traveled from the east coast to the west coast.  Enjoy and we hope you are all having an awesome summer as well!  🙂

 

ChurchillDowns

First Stop = The Kentucky Derby

LouisvilleSluggerFactory

Louisville Slugger Factory

JimBeamDistillery

Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY

IndianapolisDowntown

Fun time visiting Katie and Drew in Indianapolis, IN

AmishHouse

Ohio’s Amish Country – “Ma said she don’t care” was the response from the girl when I asked if I could photograph their family farm.

AmishBuggy

Amish Buggies were everywhere…

PNCpark

PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA = the BEST stadium in America!

RickettsGlennPark

Rickett’s Glen State Park near the Poconos, PA had an awesome hike that passed through tons of waterfalls like this one.

NewHopeSteamLocomotive

Steam Locomotive in New Hope, PA

PennsylvaniaCoveredBridge

Eastern Pennsylvania has numerous covered bridges like this one.

PhillyLove

Philadelphia was a really fun city, and we even got to meet up with our friends Matt and Lani.

TheBasin

“The Basin” in New Hampshire

PlymouthRock

Plymouth Rock was waaaayyyyy smaller than we thought it would be.

MiniVermonster

Kristin downing a mini-Vermonster at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont

PortlandHeadlight

Portland Head Light in Maine was my favorite lighthouse.

LobsterRoll

Lobster Rolls!

KayakersAtAcadianNationalPark

Acadia National Park in Maine

LobsterPots

Buoys and lobster traps everywhere in Maine.

BoothbayHarborMaine

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

MaineLighthouse

Pemaquid Head Light in Maine

WestQuoddyLighthouse

West Quoddy Head Light is the Easternmost Point in the USA!

BayofFundyTides

Bay of Fundy has the highest tidal changes in the world.

PeggysCove

Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia was one of my favorite small fishing villages.

PeggysCoveLighthouse

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

QuebecCity

Quebec City was a pleasant surprise – felt like we’d gone back to Europe

Toronto

Toronto was a massive city!

AlgonquinSunset

Sunset in Algonquin Provincial Park (west of Ottowa)

AlgonquinMoose

Finally saw our first moose in Canada.

NiagraFalls

Niagara Falls

I40Carfire

Just a little car fire on the side of I-40

BealeStreetMemphis

Memphis loved their Blues

ElvisGrave

Graceland

MLKshootingSpot

Martin Luther King, JR assassination spot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

LittleRockCentralHighSchool

Home of the “Little Rock Nine” – 9 African American students fighting to end segregation.

OzarksArkansasCliff

Me on a cliff in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas

StLouisArch

Gateway Arch in St. Louis

BudweiserFactory

Anheuser Busch Factory in St. Louis

StLouisCardinals

Busch Stadium was really nice, but still no PNC Park

OklahomaBombing

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial

EishensSign

No visit to Oklahoma is complete without Eischen’s (my second time with Gayle and Tommy).  The best fried chicken ever!

MooreOklahoma

Moore, OK tornado victims (the destruction was unbelievable)

AmarilloSky

Amarillo Sky

ChimayoChurch

Chimayo Church in Sant Fe, New Mexico

FlatIronsBoulder

Nice hike to the Flatirons (Boulder, CO) with Justin

HangingLake

Hanging Lake (hike in Colorado) was beautiful, but the hike to it was the most crowded and unpleasant I’ve ever done.

DoubleArch

Double-Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

DelicateArch

Delicate Arch was a 2 hour hike in 107 degree temps!

UtahDesert

Typical Utah landscape

CanyonlandsNationalPark

Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

CapitolReefNationalPark

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

BryceCanyon

Amazing Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

BisonInMud

Bison in the mud.

ZionNationalPark

Zion National Park.  Have you caught on?  Utah has some awesome parks!

GlacierNationalPark

Glacier National Park in northern Montana

CalgaryStampede

Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede was fun, but the rest of the Stampede (rides, carnival food, beer prices, etc) I could do without.

BanffNationalPark

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada was probably our favorite park!

UsAtBanffNationalPark

Us at Banff National Park (Lake Moraine)

SeattleLandscape

Seattle Skyline with Mount Rainier in the distance.

SafecoField

Seattle Mariners; what’s that on top of your stadium?  And why no view?

NorthCascadesNationalPark

North Cascades National Park in upstate Washington had beautiful lakes throughout.

MuralCityVancouver

Chemainus on Vancouver Island was full of awesome murals (like this one) all over their town buildings.

VancouverIslandOrcas

Lucky enough to follow 8 Orca aka Killer Whales on Vancouver waters.

OlympicNationalParkWildflowers

Olympic National Park, Washington had blooming wildflowers everywhere.

MountRainier

Mount Rainier’s morning fog cleared, and this was our view (after a small hike)

SunbeamCreek

Waterfall within Mount Rainier National Park

AvalancheLillies

Mount Rainier National Park had it’s own wildflowers (Avalanche Lilies)!

PortlandOldTown

Portland’s another awesome city with tons of micro-breweries, futuristic innovations, and a “whacky” population.

YaquinaHead

Oregon’s west coast has tons of lighthouses as well; Yaquina Head Light

HecetaHeadlight

Heceta Head Lighthouse on Oregon’s coastline

RedwoodsNationalForest2

Giant Redwoods of northern California.

RedwoodsNationalForest

Look at the size of these trees!

WatsonFalls

One of Oregon’s many mossy creeks.

ToketeeFalls

Toketee Falls near Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

VoodooDonutsEugene

Another example of Portland’s weirdness.  We skipped the monster line in Portland, and enjoyed these in Eugene, Oregon.

HaywardField

Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the most famous tracks in the USA.  This photo’s for you Vic.

ElowahFallsOregon

Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon

StanleyIdaho

Stanley, Idaho with it’s population of 64!

KetchumFireIdaho

Beaver Creek Fire is about to take out Ketchum, Idaho (where all the high dollar folk live).

Honolulu

Honolulu as seen from Diamond Head.  Thanks to Ken and Heidi for having us!

PillBoxesPano

Pillbox Hike has some pretty good views.

Gramps60thBeachSign

Standing on the same beach (Haleʻiwa) that my grandparents lived on 60 years ago when they were first married.

UPDATE (9/13/13):  If you liked this post, Check out our return home photo essay: West to East Coast Photo Essay


  • Lani

    Thanks for the Philly shout out guys!! Yes, Bryan, the US may be monotonous, but remember how those Wal-Mart parking lots/stores have been good to you this trip!! LOL. And I don’t want to hear how you love New England or any other place. Hampton Roads is calling you back home 🙂

  • Lindsey

    Awesome pictures! It was so nice to spend time with you guys.
    And to answer your question about the Mariners stadium (which may or may not have been an actual serious question), it’s a retractable roof so they can play games in the often rainy weather 🙂

    • Kristin Waugh

      Oh, interesting! That makes sense now. I was wondering how they played when it rained.

    • Tim Davis

      Actually, the Mariners stadium has INCREDIBLE views from many areas throughout the stadium: views of the massive downtown skyline, views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, and, of course, Mt Rainier. Anyone who is not aware of those views has obviously not explored the stadium beyond their seats.

      Also, it rains very, VERY little in the summer in Seattle. The city is actually one of the driest in the country during baseball season. The wettest months are November through March, and baseball obviously does not take place during that time. But feel free to be ignorant, everyone…

      • Bryan Waugh

        I actually walked around the entire upper level of the stadium looking for a good view, and in my opinion Mariners Stadium has one of the worst city views of any stadium that I’ve visited. And I’ve been to numerous. I think they did a horrible job planning the stadium’s location and views, mostly because the stadium is nearly fully enclosed with the enormous dome knocking out even more of a potential view. Especially compared to lets say, PNC Park in Pittsburgh! Or St. Louis… The photo you’re referring to is taken from the upper level as well. If there’s no view from the upper level, there’s even less down below!

        As far as your weather comment goes, actually they close Safeco Field’s dome for almost 1/4 of the games played there, due to guess what….rain! And also, just so you know, baseball season lasts a little longer than just summer. I highly doubt that Seattle is one of the driest cities in the country for 6 months of the year. Yes, Safeco Field closes it’s dome less than any other baseball stadium. But the other stadiums (Arizona, Houston, Miami) close theirs because of the high temperatures, not rain.

  • Gayle Sturdivant

    Thanks for the Oklahoma shout out!!! We’ll have the world’s best fried chicken with you guys anytime!!! And it was great to see you guys!!! i hope Rawley and Moses had a good time playing with our dogs! and i’m glad i you got to taste some good mexican food and learn what a sopapilla was!!!

  • Crystal

    I agree with Lani about Hampton Roads calling you back home…however, you really did capture some great American/Canadian landscapes. My what a beautiful country we live in! Miss you two!!!

  • Uncle Sam & Captain America

    Those pics didn’t look like a monotonous country to me…you should be ashamed of yourself. I expect a retraction and a back peddle ASAP.

    I enjoy the conveniences America has to offer (e.g., fast food and super stores)…What a country!

  • cousin frank

    the pictures have to be the most awesome things I have ever seen

  • barbara munch

    Great pictures as always.You picked out some wonderful places.Happy Birthday Bryan.
    Lots of love,Grandma

  • Johaan

    Another reminder that my camera sucks, haha. Amazing shots.
    I hear you on the comforts of America not always fitting the bill of the adventurous traveler. In addition to that, it’s a thrill to feel genuinely foreign while traveling.

    One correction to make above. Ducks fans would be irate at you labeling their fabled stadium as Oregon State. Prefontaine was a duck. Quack quack 😉

    • Bryan Waugh

      Haha. Nice catch Johann. Fixed. Thanks!

  • Marius

    Love the diversity of the things you see and do! Happy birthday, Brian!

    • Larry

      is this Norway?

      • Bryan Waugh

        Yes, Larry

  • Brother Erik

    I’m seeing a lot of good saturation. I have taught you well Bryan…

  • Mama Munch

    These pictures would make a beautiful coffee table book. Love you guys and see you soon. I can’t wait to hear all of your stories.

  • Kelly Waugh-Mudd

    I’m going to go live in Stanley, Idaho!! :o)

  • Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis

    Bryan,you continue to amaze me with your photography. Every time I scrolled down, I saw another image that took my breath away. I’ve been to many of the places on your cross-country journey, but you captured them in such a magical way. I’m thrilled that you and Kristin took the time to spend 3.5 months in America. I still have to catch up on the rest of the blog where I left off, but I couldn’t resist looking at the photo essay first! Great job! You definitely need to look at getting some of these shots published or do a book.

  • Jay O’Connor

    Thank you guys from a Eugenian who is living in New Mexico now. Amazing photos

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