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Winchester Mountain Lookout – Maximum View with Minimal Effort

Getting to the Winchester Mountain Lookout in the North Cascades, Mt. Baker area is harder on your car than it is on your legs.  The drive to the top involves a seven mile, single lane dirt road with some big potholes and more than a few washout areas.  That said, once you arrive at the trail head the rest of the trip is a snap. This is a short hike with a killer view of the North Cascades and Mt. Baker.  Backpacker Magazine calls this hike the best day hike in America.  If you are looking for a peak to bag and you want to maximize your view and minimize your effort, this is it. We haven’t had a chance to explore much of the North Cascades yet, but this was a great intro.   You get a ton of great photo opportunities without too much effort. Winchester Mountain Lookout Trail Notes   Once you shake off the bumps from the road up the rest is easy.  The trail is well engineered and distributes the elevation gain evenly.    The total distance from parking lot to lookout is only about two miles with a steady elevation gain of about 1500 feet.  The views and photo opportunities start right away. On The Trail… The trail starts on the patch of land between Twin Lakes.  You will need to sign into a backcountry registration box as you enter the Mt. Baker Wilderness area.  A few hundred feet after the sign in point

Maui Sunset Time Lapse – Beer Bottle Tripod

This Maui sunset time lapse video below was shot in Ka’anapali beach in July. I didn’t have a tripod and ended up having to use an empty bottle of Kona Brewing Pineapple IPA. If you haven’t seen them, the sunsets on Maui are unbelievable: I’m happy with how this turned out, all things considered.  At the time of this writing I’m also looking at options for portable, easy to use tripods for the iPhone.  If you have ideas, feel free to drop a comment below. Here is the video:

Time Lapse Sunrise – Haleakala Crater, Maui

Watching the sunrise from Haleakala on Maui was a checklist item, one of the first ones finished on the 2017 bucket list. I’m continuing with my time lapse photography experiments. You can click here to see all of them using the #timelapse tag.  In this case, the video was shot with an iPhone and at the time I didn’t have a tripod.  Ended up balancing my phone on a rock. The trip to Haleakala is an adventure.  I’m an early riser and like the cold but one of the park rangers let us know that the sunset is just as spectacular.  Pro tip. That said no regrets.  Sunrise at Haleakala is beautiful.

Near Honalua Bay

The coastline at Honolua and Mokuleʻia is rugged and is accessed by trail from a parking lot adjacent to the Honoapiilani Highway above. Honolua Bay consists of a rocky shoreline with small beach, coral reefs in a marine preserve and world-renowned surf break. Honolua Bay hosts the annual “Billabong Pro” women’s surf competition in December.