S: North America road trip 2013 (Gill, Domhnall, Cormac and Ruairí)
FC: North America | Canada and USA road trip 2013
1: Gill, Domhnall, Cormac and Ruairí - USA and Canada 2013 Gear: Canon 5D Mk III (with 28-105 L lens and 50mm 1.8 lens) Manfrotto tripod Galen Rowell filters Crumpler and Lowe Pro bags Olympus Tough TG-2 (and fish-eye lens adapter)
2: In September 2013 Ruairí (3 months)and Cormac (4 1/2 years) set out on a road trip from Vancouver, British Columbia with their parents, Gill and Domhnall... ...who knew where their adventures would take them and what wonders they'd see...
4: S | Sydney Airport - Batman crocs and boomerangs
6: S | Cormac may have to explain these drawings. They were created during a long wait in an airport café...
10: In Vancouver, we caught up with my old friends Becs and Conor, and everyone made some new friends! (Kian, Ruairí and Cormac) Like with all old friends, the years rolled back, the (proverbial) red carpet was rolled out and a few new memories were made. The bikes rolled out too!!
12: For Cormac, Science World hit the target... ...for Gill, borrowing bikes from Becs and Conor was too good to miss out on!
14: The boys were getting on pretty well - Cormac had by now realised that Ruairí seemed to be around for the long haul, so he might as well get used to him. A patented method for eliciting Ruairí's new-found smiles was created: the "chubby chubby cheek cheeks...just chubbin' along...oh yeah oh yeah" technique - see left
16: We had a great time in Vancouver. Especially Ruairí, who mostly fed and slept. The rest of the boys braved the water park around the corner from Conor and Becs' apartment
19: Soon it was time to head North, to pick up our rental RV from the somewhat obscure town of Gibsons, accessible only by ferry from Horseshoe Bay, North of Vancouver. From there, we would ferry back to the mainland to rendezvous with Becs, Conor and Kian in Squamish
21: From the ferry there were beautiful glimpses of mountains and the promise of wilderness to come. While on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver we were lucky enough to see the salmon running in vast numbers up the creek beside our campsite. We all had mixed feelings about witnessing them giving everything to spawn and reproduce, including ultimately their exhausted and battered lives.
23: Returning to Squamish and camping again under the hulking mass of the Stawamus Chief was a trip highlight for me. To climb that superb granite again was an absolute joy. The best weekend of the trip for all of us I think, for many reasons! ...balmy weather, relaxing camping, scrumptious food, and wonderful company, not to mention the amazing climbing, hiking and mountainbiking...
25: While we were in Squamish the massive RBC GranFondo Whistler bike race passed through, with 4,000 cyclists from pro to treadly slogging their way from Vancouver up into the mountains along the Sea to Sky Highway. These are a few shots of us waiting for the leaders to arrive.
27: The camp cook-ups were yum. Conor and I climbed together for the first time in a decade - we had a great time climbing a three pitch 5.10a route in the Shannon Falls area. Gill borrowed a bike and rode some single track with Becs, then we all set off to hike up The Chief
28: The intrepid Captain Cormac led the group up the steep slopes of The Chief. After negotiating the hazards of nudist trail runners and picnic-pinching chipmunks, the final rock whaleback to the first summit was reached by a fired-up Cormac
30: Certain members of the party had an easier ride... ...and some just didn't take the challenge seriously! However, the summit was soon dispatched with aplomb
36: Squamish and Howe Sound from the summit of The Chief
38: Pump track daredevil in Whistler
39: And onwards via a quick stop off at Joffre Lake near Pemberton
41: Ruairí as always attracted a lot of attention - even when sleeping!
43: Marble Canyon and BC wildlife park (trio of ducks photo by Cormac)
44: Life in the RV!!!
45: Sam the Bald Eagle keeps an eye on us
46: Cormac took these two photos - one is of one of his collections, the other is Toothless the Night Fury from "How To Train Your Dragon" | The Last Pin being driven in to connect the Tran-Canada Railway
48: Glacier National Park
50: Kicking Horse River campsite Yoho National Park
52: Kicking Horse River campsite Yoho National Park
53: Emerald Lake - my old haunt!
54: Kicking Horse River campsite Yoho National Park
57: Takkakaw Falls
59: Takkakaw Falls
60: Takkakaw Falls
63: I took a lot of photos around Takkakaw Falls!
64: Castle Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway
65: They're skiing. Obviously.
67: The Bow River and our family ride to Spray Falls
69: Cairns and caterpillars by the Bow River
72: The beast as we headed south through the Kootenay towards the US border
73: Coffee somewhere, nowhere, everywhere...
75: Dawn Lake in East Washington, and fairy paths in an enchanted forest...
76: More enchantment...
79: The Brannigan boys hit Seattle
80: In Seattle, we stayed with Nick, Carol and Beatrix. It was lovely to spend some quality time with Nick and family - just a pity Cormac and I had to part with Gill and Ruairí for a few days as they flew to Atlanta
81: Seattle has a lot of Salmon. These guys are heading up the Salmon "ladder" to spawn
82: B kindly took us to the zoo, and shared her paints. There were a lot of squirrels in Seattle
84: Crescent Lake - an old Roosevelt haunt. Perhaps he and Mrs R sat in these chairs and gazed out at the lake...
87: The stunning Olympic National Park
89: Rainforest walk to Third Beach in Olympic National Park
90: Third Beach - Kelp, Stacks, and Waterfall
91: Cormac on a Redwood stump, First Beach
92: Storm Boy, gazing towards the fresher sea