May 29, 2015 by Rob
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… we’re averaging over 16 hours a day. Though it’s not quite the vacation some people may think, even with all the work there has still been an incredible amount of time for reflection on the long drives as well as on the longer hikes like today.
After we left Jarrel Cove, we returned to Wallace Falls. The first time we stopped here, (the day we ended up photographing Lake Wenatchee) it was 2pm and we thought we were looking forward to a 5-mile hike. We found that instead, to capture the Falls and the walk-in camping at the alpine lakes, we were in fact looking at a 15.8 mile hike. Starting at 2pm we wouldn’t have had enough time, so we scheduled to come back for Day 15.
The Falls were about 7 miles into the trek, after which I then had a long walk around to the alpine lakes. Megan and I have both reflected on this trip, that this feels like more than a job, it feels like a springboard to something else… some new evolution of Rogue Heart. The hike gave me a lot of time to dwell on what that might look like. Those ideas are presently half-baked and we’re not quite ready to share them but they will be a focus of ours in the months and years to come.
On this project we’ve invested a lot of time in planning, but the magic has been in the things that were not planned; going out of our way to get Goldendale on a whim only to find out the telescope was going to be dismantled the following week (when we were scheduled to be there), getting to Camano Island the day before they shut down half the park to replace the water main, taking a much needed day off on the coast which put our shoot day on the sunniest day Grayland may have all year. As we get closer to finishing this project, I can’t help but feel like the project is bigger than we know and things are actually just getting started. And as the scope of this evolution becomes more defined, I have a feeling things will just seem to align and we’ll see that magic continue.
After I finished up my solo hike I got cleaned up, and we got to wrap up my birthday with my family at a Steakhouse in Wenatchee. Even after the 15.8-mile hike, I have to say I’m still not feeling that old, and I feel like this is a great start for what is probably going to be one of my best years yet.