Reflections On The Family Road Trip

We arrived home from our Pacific Northwest road trip one week ago today. And, yes, I’ve been mourning our return home for seven days. Yes, I’ve been pouting like a three year old begrudingly returning to work, responsibilities, deadlines, and appointments.

Ridiculous, I know, but this was an incredible trip.

We drove over 3,000 miles, staying no more than two nights in any one location. We slept in hotels, on the ground, in a cabin, and in a real bed at my sister-in-law’s house.

There was family time. There was friend time. There was great food and drink. I spent quality time with my camera, photographing beautiful sites, wildlife, beaches, water, and more beaches. We saw whales, bald eagles, elk, deer, puffins, banana slugs, and a peregrine falcon. I read. We journaled. We went for walks and we sat on hotel beds and watched back to back episodes of chopped.

We watched an elk walk THROUGH our campsite. I had a meltdown in Astoria, Oregon. I navigated us through 15 days without a master plan and with no reservations.

There are so many stories to tell. So many memories we made as a family. So many things we’d love to do again (and a few we will avoid).

For now, I’ll let my photos tell the stories.


Dinner at Caldera Brewing and after dinner meditation in Ashland, Oregon. This kid knows how to travel!


Meeting my friend Jessica in Eugene, Oregon. Read her story of our visit here. She almost convinced us to move.


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Exploring Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, Oregon.


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Zip lining at his cousin’s house in Seattle. Doing it in costume is even better.

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A relaxing two days in a cabin at Cama Beach.


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Taking Ian to the top of the Space Needle.

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Wandering through the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and finding a family reflection. It was a photographer’s dream spot! My poor boys had to drag me away as I called out, “just one more photo.”

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Camping and hiking with Shea’s parents. They’ve spent the summer in Washington for years as campground hosts. This was our first time visiting their campground.

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The beautiful view at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park.


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The elk that insisted on walking through our campsite in the Hoh Rainforst.


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The beautiful sunset in Newport, Oregon at the bridge by Rogue Brewing.


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The view from our room in Newport, Oregon. I didn’t want to leave.


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The local flavor in Ahsland, Oregon on the last day of our vacation.


  1. My daughter lived in Ashland for nearly two years, and your post and gorgeous photos brought back some lovely memories of traveling in the area.

  2. Amy Quinlan

    Amazing photos, Katrina! You’ve captured and shared wonderful highlights of your vacation. What great memories to treasure for a lifetime! Thanks for sharing and for continuing to be so inspiring.

  3. I absolutely love the diversity of your stopovers and images…such a range of experiences, and all documented so beautifully. I’m so happy for your family (immediate and extended) to have shared such special moments…thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Jeannie G

    Beautiful photos and beautiful memories for you and your family. Thanks for sharing. It looks like a fabulous trip.

  5. Melissa Eisenhauer

    I love your site! I am a newbie to photography and I think your capture 365 will help me learn. Thank you again!

  6. Linda Stroud

    Wonderful memories beautifully captured! Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Great photographs…looks like a wonderful holiday. We’re from the UK but hoping that next year we’ll be able to fly to Vancouver and drive southwards (as far as we can)….no exact plans as yet, any pointers?

    Thank you for sharing….loved it!


  8. Kristi

    I’m from Seattle and have been to many of the places you’ve visited. The Northwest is such a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Vicki I.

    Thanks for letting us share your vacation vicariously! The photos are beautiful.

  10. Kate Stapleton

    That should say thoughtful way! Autocorrect 🙂

  11. Kate Stapleton

    Katrina your photos are beautiful. You have inspired me to take some time with my family and document the memories in such a thoughts way as you have done. It looks like you have an amazing family.

  12. Kris Baker

    Wonderful photos and narrative, Katrina. Though both only show a tiny part of all the memories made and shared, the spirit of your time together abounds. I absolutely love the photo of the sunset/sunrise? through the door. So perfect! I’m glad you are home safely. Thanks for all that you share with us here!

  13. Sounds like a dream vacation! Glad you had such a wonderful time.

  14. Effie Stop

    What a great trip. So glad you could get away with your family. .and it sounds like you also had a fantastic time with friends and family. As usual your photos are incredible!

  15. Melinda Schroeder

    Beautiful photos! We live on the Olympic Peninsula so I can attest to b the constant beauty.

  16. I’m so excited I just signed up for your newsletter and website (btw love the clean and simple design of you site) and, your vacation photos are the first images that I’m viewing …. Awesome! Looking forward to following you and learning from all your postings. I’m new to DSLR photography and just purchased a Nikon 5300. 🙂 Project 365 looks like an excellent learning format.


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