Room with a view – Hiking Near Twin Lakes

By:  Sam
July 15, 2010

Well, the Pacific Northwest has been living up to its sunny and dry reputation. It’s been so nice recently, that yesterday I realized I couldn’t take being inside any longer and decided to take the dog for an overnight hike. Since I haven’t officially enjoyed hiking since my experience with the Long Trail, we’ll call this adventure “scouting new ski lines”. Yesterday, I had a very good time scouting new ski lines with my dog.

It was hot out, so we started off slowly. Chester wasn’t too excited about carrying his own food.

Before long though, we crested a saddle and took a break (and took in a view).

Our route took us off the trails and along a “will-this-really-connect” ridge traverse.

While spotting the dog through some of the trickier sections, I wasn’t taking photos. I did manage to snap a few cheesy “Dog Magazine” shots though.

By this point we’d hiked about 3 miles and gained 3000 feet. Chester was getting a little fatigued. He was also getting tired of getting his picture taken.

A late burst of energy put the old dog in the lead for a while…

… but before long though we were both feeling it again.

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  1. Harvey44
    wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 6:59 am  

    Chester is a classic.

  2. Porter Haney
    wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 12:02 pm  

    Sam! Where are your skis?

    • Sam
      wrote on July 16th, 2010 at 1:37 pm  

      Resting, I’ve got plans for them soon though.

  3. christian
    wrote on July 18th, 2010 at 4:45 pm  
    • Jtoots212
      wrote on July 19th, 2010 at 8:17 am  

      agreed! would you tell us what you shutter speed was on those shots to get the stars in motion? truly fantastic!

  4. Sam
    wrote on July 19th, 2010 at 4:29 pm  

    Sure, the main star trail photo (it’s also on the front page) was a 492s exposure, at f5.6, and iso 150. It came out a bit under-exposed and I had to brighten it in Lightroom. I’m sure there is a great system for figuring out exactly how long you should expose a long exposure shot, but I haven’t figured it out yet, and still rely on trial and error. Thanks for the interest !

  5. RogerK
    wrote on July 19th, 2010 at 7:25 pm  
  6. K_C
    wrote on July 27th, 2010 at 9:50 am  

    Awesome shots Sam. Chester is going to start charging a fee for every photo you take of him.

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