The Pre-trip: Edmonton to Sunriver - Windermere Studios

We left Edmonton in a deluge of rain after noon July 25. It started raining late Thursday so we were in no rush to get on the road. It poured and the wind blew hard from Edmonton to just north of Airdrie. The skies cleared and stayed that way for most of the rest of our trip! 

Our first destination was Canmore, for the 30th wedding anniversary party of our good friends Kathleen Griffin and Chris Lumb that Saturday. 

Saturday morning we went for a little explore, ending up at Lake Minnewanka for a short hike to Stanley Canyon. Gorgeous blue skies and crystal clear water made me wish I knew how to kayak or paddle board. 

The afternoon was spent wandering around Canmore, lunch at Crazyweed, a walk along main street, beer on the patio at The Drake all before a great party for Chris and Kathy at Cross Zee Ranch. 

We were on the road by 7 a.m. Sunday morning, prepped for the 1245km and 14 hour car trip to Sunriver, Oregon. It was a beautiful drive. Bright, sunny, hot. So hot that we stopped to let air out of the tires in southern Washington. The last 100 miles were among the most scenic and most difficult of the drive - through a very deep gorge on a very narrow, winding stretch of highway. We arrived at Sunriver after dark, grabbed a quick supper and the best White IPA I've ever tasted at Sunriver Brewing. 

Our three days of SmugTrip 2014 went by like a whirlwind. I did get out shooting Monday evening with the majority of the marketing team. We had an epic picnic and an incredibly mediocre sunset at Smith Rocks. 

Ana, Daryl and I planned on leaving Sunriver by 10 a.m. July 31, headed over to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Daryl and I had visited Cannon Beach in 1991 and fondly recalled the beauty of the Oregon coast. It didn't disappoint - come along to Cannon Beach

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