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East to West Coast Photo Essay

East to West Coast Photo Essay



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!  🙂



First Stop = The Kentucky Derby


Louisville Slugger Factory


Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY


Fun time visiting Katie and Drew in Indianapolis, IN


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.


Amish Buggies were everywhere…


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


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


Steam Locomotive in New Hope, PA


Eastern Pennsylvania has numerous covered bridges like this one.


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


“The Basin” in New Hampshire


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


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


Portland Head Light in Maine was my favorite lighthouse.


Lobster Rolls!


Acadia National Park in Maine


Buoys and lobster traps everywhere in Maine.


Boothbay Harbor, Maine


Pemaquid Head Light in Maine


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


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


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


Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse


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


Toronto was a massive city!


Sunset in Algonquin Provincial Park (west of Ottowa)


Finally saw our first moose in Canada.


Niagara Falls


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


Memphis loved their Blues




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


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


Me on a cliff in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas


Gateway Arch in St. Louis


Anheuser Busch Factory in St. Louis


Busch Stadium was really nice, but still no PNC Park


Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial


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


Moore, OK tornado victims (the destruction was unbelievable)


Amarillo Sky


Chimayo Church in Sant Fe, New Mexico


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


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


Double-Arch in Arches National Park, Utah


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


Typical Utah landscape


Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah


Capitol Reef National Park, Utah


Amazing Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.


Bison in the mud.


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


Glacier National Park in northern Montana


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


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


Us at Banff National Park (Lake Moraine)


Seattle Skyline with Mount Rainier in the distance.


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


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


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


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


Olympic National Park, Washington had blooming wildflowers everywhere.


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


Waterfall within Mount Rainier National Park


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


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


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


Heceta Head Lighthouse on Oregon’s coastline


Giant Redwoods of northern California.


Look at the size of these trees!


One of Oregon’s many mossy creeks.


Toketee Falls near Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)


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


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


Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon


Stanley, Idaho with it’s population of 64!


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


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


Pillbox Hike has some pretty good views.


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

Comments (20)
  • Lani

    August 20th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    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

    August 20th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    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

      August 20th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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

    • Tim Davis

      January 30th, 2014 at 12:45 am

      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

        January 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am

        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

    August 20th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    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

    August 20th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    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

    August 20th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    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

    August 20th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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

  • barbara munch

    August 25th, 2013 at 7:14 am

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

  • Johaan

    August 26th, 2013 at 12:28 am

    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

      August 27th, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Haha. Nice catch Johann. Fixed. Thanks!

  • Marius

    August 26th, 2013 at 8:28 am

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

    • Larry

      August 27th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      is this Norway?

      • Bryan Waugh

        August 27th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        Yes, Larry

  • Brother Erik

    August 27th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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

  • Mama Munch

    August 30th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    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

    August 30th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

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

  • Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis

    September 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    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

    March 18th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

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

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