My days in North Bend, WA were a much needed laid back escape from my trip since I was staying with friends, but I did get to go out and explore a little bit with my friend Sarah. My favorite spot was probably the Salmon Fish Hatchery we went to. I grew up visiting fish hatcheries, and seeing the salmon jumping (unsuccessfully) was pretty cool and brought back a lot of fun memories. I would love to get back up to that area and have the time to thoroughly explore all the little towns in that area. There's so much uniqueness in that area that I could probably spend months and not get to everything I'd like to see.
I skipped Washington. Don't worry, I definitely did the Washington coast, but I had a goal to be in British Columbia for their holiday weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving!) and my plan just didn't leave enough time to do the Washington coast on the way up.
Having visited the greater Vancouver area three times in the last few years, I'd have thought I'd exhausted the local waterfalls, but in fact, there was at least one I hadn't seen yet, so my friend Jeff and I headed that way on my first day there.
It was a perfectly beautiful fall day, only tainted by some unfortunate graffiti on the rocks surrounding the falls…left for us by the class of 2014. I'll try to avoid a soapbox rant, but seriously people…if there's one thing that should be left untouched by the hands of miscreant youths, it's nature. Go graffiti something manmade and leave my waterfalls alone!
Ok. Rant over.
I also have to give some photo credit to Jeff, whose hand is pictured in the photo of him taking a photo of me on my iPhone (a gal's gotta Instagram). He came up with that one all on his own.