Oregon van camping and fly fishing road trip

Hit the road recently with a good friend for a week of van camping and tromping around Oregon fly fishing for trout. It's not every day that I get to hang with someone as rabid as I am about chasing fish with a fly rod. Because of this shared sickness, there was some eating, some sleep and the camera was pulled out occasionally. Mostly though, it was just fishing, driving to other places where fish live and then fishing more. The way it should be.

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 Metolius River in central Oregon.
 Stonefly on the Deschutes River in eastern Oregon.
 Eastern Oregon.

Decend on Bend 2

For the past two years we've headed over to the dry side of Oregon to Descend on Bend, which is an amazing gathering of van and road trip loving people. The event happens in the fall, so this post is a bit on the late side. That said,  I've never been a blazing ball of fire when it comes to sharing my personal work and getting it up online quickly. Descend on Bend is a kind of magical gathering of like minded people who cherish spending days outside with friends, around fires, laughing, telling and making stories and community. It's not really about the vans, adventuremobiles or whatever your choice of vehicle is. While they are absolutely loved, they are just the best means of getting to and fro on land while keeping a roof over your head and the ability to bring a few choice comforts (or all) of home along for the ride. The idea for the gathering was thought up by Ryan Sellmeyer poseidonsbeard and if you've never come across Ryan before, give him a look. He's a super inspiring, stay at home dad of two and husband. He and his family have made the intentional choice to live life on their own terms, choosing life experience over things. This is exactly what Descend on Bend is all about. Living in the present. Sharing moments and memories over things. This is beautifully apparent when watching all the kids running around, playing, learning, getting dirty...and not looking at screens.  The first year, we didn't know anyone coming, other than having a few conversations on Instagram and actually, the whole event happened because of Instagram. Say what you will about social media, but there are some beautiful things that do come out of it. We now call many of the people we've met at Descend and other van travels good friends and almost family.

If you'd like to see more images from this trip, those can be viewed on my archive here:

Descend on Bend 2

Or if you'd like to see more of my van travels work:

Vanlife highlights

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Oregon Coast Cannabis - New Work

Shot some photos this last fall with my friends at Oregon Coast Cannabis here in Manzanita, Oregon. With recreational use for marijuana now being legal here in Oregon, (as well as Washington & Colorado) new businesses are sprouting up all over. About time that change was made. More images from this shoot can be found on my archive here.

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Favorite moments and images from 2015

Here's some of my favorite moments and images of 2015. Some photos are from assignments and more are just my own adventures and travels. For me, that's the goal..to keep blurring that line between work and play. I also want to again say thank you so much to all of the amazing friends, family and people involved in my life. It wouldn't be possible without you. Here is to one more journey around the sun. May there be many new, windy roads in our lives, endless beautiful rivers to dream about and always ridiculously fun days spent outside laughing around campfires and doing the things we love.

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Nehalem River 2015 Flood

It's been getting a little soggy here in Nehalem this winter. El Nino's living up to the predictions. The Nehalem River Valley received 12+ inches of rain in the past 5 days, 18+ near Tillamook and it doesn't seem ready to be done just yet. Because of all this rainfall, Tillamook County, Oregon is experiencing landslides, road closures and flooding all over the area. Nehalem River got up over 45,000 cfs. Gnar, gnar.

Full edit can be viewed on my archive here:

Nehalem, Oregon flooding

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