Olympic Hot Springs Road Bike Trip

Elwha River Bridge on Olympic Hot Springs Rd.

My friend Gary and I rode our bikes up the Olympic Hot Springs Road (also known as the Elwha River Road) … these days this entails a .7 mile bypass trail around a washed out section of the road. After the bypass, there is about 6 miles of road to get to the trailhead … the hot springs are another 2.2 miles of hiking … which we didn’t hike that day.

I have hiked through this area numbers of times over the last 40 years … but this was the first visit up the road since the washout happened several years ago. It brought back memories. The additional distance has had a dramatic impact on the number of people using the area.

The next post will concentrate on the river.

Pushing the bike along the bypass trail
Happy Biker
After the Ride

More Pinhole Photography

Abandoned Building at Fort Worden State Park
Madrone Hanging over the Roadway

My last post had a description of the pinhole lens I bought and the process. I thought i would share a couple more images that show the dreamy look that is typical of pinhole cameras better than the more general landscape shots.

Stuck

Stuck with the bridge open for boat traffic
Bridge Supports

One of the drawbacks to living where I do is that it’s a long way from major shopping areas with a bridge to cross. When the bridge opens for boat traffic, it can create a huge traffic backup… especially on holiday weekends. But when the weather is nice and you have nothing else to do, it can be an interesting photo op.

Steens Mountain

Steens Mountain

In south central Oregon, Steens Mountain is a distinctive feature, rising to over 9000 feet. This photo is taken on the west side, looking east, near the small town of Plush. In this dry country, Steens Mountain wrings what little moisture is in the air and on the east side of the range is the Alvord Desert.

  • Camera: Nikon D200
  • Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm set at 18mm
  • ISO 100 1/400 sec f/10

Wasco, Oregon

Wasco, Oregon

Small towns offer a lot of interesting photo opportunities. This was taken well before any social distancing was required … but there certainly isn’t any crowding in towns like this.

  • Camera: Nikon Df
  • Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 85mm
  • ISO 400 1/3200 sec f/5.0

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