Lost in Crater Lake National Park and Other Adventures

In less the 48 hours we’ll be turning the FJ south and making a run down the I5 corridor with our sights set on Crater Lake National Park. It’s been over 30 years since my last visit and I’m looking forward to seeing this iconic volcanic crater and lake.

Crater Lake National Park

I was still in High School that last visit and shooting a Nikon FE with Kodak film. Last night I dug in my closet and found the old travel suitcase that has my slides from that trip. Not only were the slides there but my old photo logbook! How did I ever survive without Lightroom. I’m taking a couple of my select shots with me to see if I can duplicate them and then compare for changes.

Does anyone have a suggestion for scanning transparencies into a digital format?

 I’ll be armed with the latest technology in coastal beach debris surveying gear; my iPhone 6+

Oregon Coast

The plan, although I’m proposing keeping it open ended so as to take advantage of any opportunities that may come up, is to spend a couple of days on the volcano then head to the Oregon coast somewhere around Brookings. From there we’ve got 7 days to make our way north stopping at any beaches that look interesting. I made this trip once before but I’m sure there’s much I missed.

Beach Surveys and New Tools

While this is technically a vacation Theresa and I are embarking on, I do attend to make some time to conduct some beach debris surveys and compare the results of the Oregon beaches against those I’ve made on Washington and Alaska beaches.

However, instead of this time using a pencil, paper, GPS and clipboard, clumsy at best and inaccurate at best, I’ll be armed with the latest technology in coastal beach debris surveying gear; my iPhone 6+. Well, it’s the application BeachObserver that’s will give us the cutting edge.

In a nutshell, this app which was developed by the Coastal and Ocean Resources located in British Columbia, uses the iphone’s camera and build-in GPS to document debris and enter it into a global database. Counts can be estimated by our photographs and you do enter some high level data when making your observations. I look forward to giving the application a try.

I hope to post a short update nightly, but that will really depend on just how much time we’re spending in the field. Check back…

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First Attempted Survey at Toleak Beach

As I was crawling through the rain slick log jam, I thought, “This can’t be the rain I’m feeling, it can’t be raining that hard, the surf must be dumping on the logs”! Well, it was both. And that was in direct competition with all the noise. This time the battle was between the wind in the tree tops and the dumping surf. Was I on Toleak Beach or an alien world.?

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Sunset over James Island

Another Run at Toleak Beach

What’s the saying about Murphy’s Law? Weather, tide….all was in our favor I was thinking what a great day, that’s when Murphy’s Law kicked in.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Brad Miller

    Hey Steve be sure to post some of your astro photographs as soon as you can……I imagine your newest DSLR gear will make your old Nikon FE look pretty dated especially since ISO 2000 was not available for shooting the shooting stars way back then.

    1. Steve Weileman

      I had a bit of technical issues with my laptop while I was out in the field but I’ll get some stuff posted as soon as possible. Keep an eye on home page.

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