In May of 2015, Rogue Heart Media was awarded a contract to travel around the State and take photos and video for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The work had to be accomplished on a short deadline, so on May 14th of 2015, Rob, Megan, and their son Dane hit the Road for 25 days to capture 58 of Washington's State Parks. This is a highlight of some of the most beautiful public lands in Washington State and a little insight into our adventure.

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We are very excited to be packing up our new (old) 1988 Winnebago Warrior with gear, clothes, and sundries, to embark upon our 25-day, 2,366-mile adventure for Washington State Parks! We'll be shooting photos and video at 58 of Washington's beautiful state parks...

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state park nature photographer
What an amazing way to start the trip... seeing some surprising historic and geological gems fairly close to home, putting in a respectable amount of miles (265) to the southeastern corner of Washington, and capturing three impressive parks before driving to the fourth for our first night of camping in the "Winnie Warrior."

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Steptoe Butte
On day 2 we began early at Palouse Falls, having traveled in the night before to dry camp in our Winnie Warrior. This would be our first park capturing video as well as photos while on the road, and we knew we needed to capture the view from the base of the falls as well as...

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palouse falls
Day 3 was a delight in well-paved day use variety, which meant we were able to start the day with a new tool: the running stroller. Not only is it a ruggedly speedy carriage for Dane, but it also helps carry our stabilizers, which was super for Sacajawea State Park where we were again shooting photos and video...

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ginko state park
After spending the night in Ellensburg, we were on our way and on schedule Sunday morning to kick off Day 4. This only lasted a short while as we found our route impacted by whim as well as necessity as the day progressed.

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lake easton
Camano Island… what a paradise to wake up in. Getting in as late as we did, we didn’t truly appreciate it until the morning light and the realization that – whoa, there’s a lot of activity going on…. Oh, and we accidentally parked in a tent camp spot.

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cama beach
The sunshine seemed sharper and the breeze sweeter this far north, as we tackled three border area parks: Birch Bay, Larabee, and the Peace Arch. Having stayed the night in Mt. Vernon, the day began with a brief drive...

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birch bay
Finishing up the hikes at Larrabee State Park (see previous post) and leaving the helpful neighbors and amenities of a hook-up campsite, we headed inland to Rasar and Rockport State Parks.

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rasar state park
Grabbing a few hours of sleep at a primitive but awesome campsite in the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest, we woke early to cold temperatures and the sounds of the Stillaguamish River. Without fanfare (but for a couple quick shots of Dane), we embarked on the short drive to our first destination.

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mount pilchuck state park
Covering three parks in the Wenatchee area was our goal for Day 9, to chip away at the hefty list of area parks before heading south the following day for scheduling purposes. The three we picked were very fun in name and in visiting: Squilchuck, Daroga, and Lincoln Rock. Or, for the purpose of this project, parks #23-25.

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daroga swimming
As we reached double-digits with Day 10, we got to celebrate with friends Craig and Kirsten Andersen with a 5:00am climb at Peshastin Pinnacles. Though we weren’t rewarded for our sacrifice of sleep with the sunrise we dreamed of, the light was still lovely, and reasons for gratitude were plentiful: just the day before, the weather channel warned of rain; the park manager allowed us to camp in the parking lot overnight (usually forbidden); and our dear friends warmed the Winnie Warrior with us, even bringing fresh and strong coffee for brewing in the morning.

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goldendale observatory star gazing
Our first singular shoot day, Day 11 took us to Beacon Rock State Park in the lush forested area along the Columbia River Gorge, a lesson in history and geology and full of incredible picture-taking opportunities. The campgrounds were so inviting, I wish we could have stayed longer, but it would be off to the coast for us after an afternoon of hiking here.

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beacon rock hike
On a trip like this, survival is based on a flexible attitude. You simply cannot be prepared for everything that may happen to you along the way, and your best investment in planning may simply be to prepare to be adaptable.

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Grayland Beach Washington
If yesterday was a disappointment for weather conditions, then Day 13 more than made up for it. With the sun breaking through early, we were not only able to reshoot content from the night before, but we captured a total of four locations bringing us to...

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rogue heart beach day
On the heals of the Gray Harbor area beaches, our travels took us 80 miles Northeast to Jarrel Cove, a hidden gem marine park. We drove ahead with plans to spend the night and shoot in the morning, but arrived in the beauty of dusk and curiosity got the better of me. I walked down to steal a peek at the docks and I am so thankful that I did.

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Jarrel Cove State Park
Through the course of this project we’ve been working long hours, and Day 15 was no exception. Between travel time, taking photos, filming (which we look forward to sharing some video soon), managing media, editing, hunting down wifi to upload media & blogs, and making sure Dane expends enough energy...

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wallace falls state park
Our plan on Sunday was to start at the farthest parks from Spokane and work our way back which had us heading toward White Salmon, WA. For the most part Day 16 was a travel day but we did sneak in one park on the way, stopping at Fort Simcoe...

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fort simcoe cannon
So we have 4 parks to tackle, two of which are beaches primarily used by windsurfers, and 2 camping parks that each have a unique mix of history and recreational opportunities. We stayed the night in Maryhill State Park which has a replica of the Stonehenge… yep there is a Stonehenge in Washington.

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columbia river parks windsurfing
Admittedly, we’ve been really excited about some days on this trek, spending weeks of planning looking forward to the stops, while other days are more push-though days. Today, working through Central Washington was more of a push-through day, and yet even on the days we haven’t been as excited about, we still always seem to find something that peaks our interest.

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oldmstead place horses
We’ve been lucky the last few nights and have been getting campsites with utilities, which was hit or miss for the first couple weeks. It's a little more restful when we can keep up on editing, and we have AC. On day 19 we woke up in Wenatchee Confluence State Park…

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lake chelan chipmunk
Day 20 was probably the most ambitious day of our parks adventure. We had four parks scheduled and 220 miles to travel on small highways and rural roads. We stopped in Chelan for a coffee and WiFi break in the morning and then started our journey to Alta Lake. Even after suffering a forest fire, this park was still very beautiful.

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Alta Lake State Park
Steamboat Rock State Park is an oasis on Banks Lake in arid central Washington. Most of the visitors here are Seattleites that travel over the Cascades to bask in the sun and attempt to cram a year's worth of vitamin D into one weekend. We were really impressed with Banks Lake: the water is very clean and there is a lot of space for different user types.

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steamboat rock state park
Next to our sunrise shoot in Peshastin, Day 22 at Sun Lakes State Park was our earliest start. We were rubbing eyes at 4:50am, getting Dane settled in his car seat with some cereal, Meg settling in on the futon for some editing, and we hit the road.

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