Blind Hike

How people deal with loss can be the difference between sustained sadness and a fulfilling life. At times, exploring an interest or passion through the lens of travel can provide perspective. But what if the lens was broken and the loss was your sight?

Loss and how you deal with it is a choice, you can wallow in sadness or you can channel the negative energy into something positive. Nothing refocuses the mind like exploring an interest or a passion through the lens of travel. But what if the lens was broken. What if the loss was your sight?

Charles and his father, Bob, took the adventure of a lifetime, hiking through some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the Pacific Northwest. But it wasn’t your average hiking adventure because Charles is blind.

Charles began to lose his sight at the age of 12. He and his father initially struggled to accept the devastating news, but both were determined that it would not affect Charles’ ability to experience the world — including the excitement of visiting new destinations.

Traveling without sight can be difficult, but as this father and son demonstrate, it can still be a rewarding experience. Watch the video of Charles and Bob as they carefully traverse the natural wonders and wildlife in Washington and Oregon. Together they show that misfortune is surmountable, travel can bond and nothing should hold you back from pursuing your passions.

The Places

Lake Twentytwo, Washington.

Lake Twentytwo (or Lake 22) is a freshwater lake in the alpine wetland near Mount Pilchuck, not too far from Seattle. It’s a beautiful hike to the lake, through mountain rainforests and wetlands. Full of creeks and even waterfalls, this hike is definitely a damp one, but all the water makes for extraordinarily lush greenery. You’ll get a range of temperatures and terrains hiking here; it can be sunny when you start, then below freezing—so pack a range of clothing when backpacking.


Oswald West State Park, Oregon.

It doesn’t get much lusher and greener than the Pacific Northwest, and Oregon’s Oswald West State Park is no exception. Western red cedar, western hemlock and Sitka spruce trees tower over a ground covering of ferns, salmonberry, and salal bushes. At just a half mile in, the temperate rainforest opens up to a secluded beach on the Pacific Ocean. The beach, Short Sand Beach (a.k.a. “Shorty’s”), is the perfect respite after a hike and always alive with family-friendly activities during the day. And when it comes to hiking, you’ll find miles of trails to choose from here.


Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Named after a canon that washed ashore in the 1800s, Cannon Beach is not just beautiful, but also rich with history. The beach is covered with impressive rock formations, including the epic Haystack Rock. Wildlife abounds here. The area is a favorite for bird-watching and whale-watching, not to mention sightings of impressive marine life, grey wolves, herds of elk, and the colorful Tufted Puffin. A kid-friendly destination, visit in June for the sand castle contest.


More Places to Stop

Flying Heritage Collection
Elliott’s Oyster House
Gothic Basin
Icefire Glassworks
Columbia River Gorge

Your Turn

This is Charles and Bob’s story, what’s yours? What are you passionate about? Let that lead the way to your next adventure. If hiking piques your interest, find amazing hiking trails throughout the country on the National Park Service site. Ready to take a journey? Your adventure starts with Enterprise.

Vision Fades but Spirit Remains

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Charles and his father, Bob, took the adventure of a lifetime, hiking through some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the Pacific Northwest. But it wasn’t your average hiking adventure because Charles is blind.

Charles began to lose his sight at the age of 12. He and his father initially struggled to accept the devastating news, but both were determined that it would not affect Charles’ ability to experience the world — including the excitement of visiting new destinations.

Traveling without sight can be difficult, but as this father and son demonstrate, it can still be a rewarding experience. Watch the video of Charles and Bob as they carefully traverse the natural wonders and wildlife in Washington and Oregon. Together they show that misfortune is surmountable, travel can bond and nothing should hold you back from pursuing your passions.

The Places

Lake Twenty-Two, Washington.

Lake Twenty-Two (or Lake 22) is a freshwater lake in the alpine wetland near Mount Pilchuck, not too far from Seattle. It’s a beautiful hike to the lake, through mountain rainforests and wetlands. Full of creeks and even waterfalls, this hike is definitely a damp one, but all the water makes for extraordinarily lush greenery. You’ll get a range of temperatures and terrains hiking here; it can be sunny when you start, then below freezing—so pack a range of clothing when backpacking.


Oswald West State Park, Oregon.

It doesn’t get much lusher and greener than the Pacific Northwest, and Oregon’s Oswald West State Park is no exception. Western red cedar, western hemlock and Sitka spruce trees tower over a ground covering of ferns, salmonberry, and salal bushes. At just a half mile in, the temperate rainforest opens up to a secluded beach on the Pacific Ocean. The beach, Short Sand Beach (a.k.a. “Shorty’s”), is the perfect respite after a hike and always alive with family-friendly activities during the day. And when it comes to hiking, you’ll find miles of trails to choose from here.


Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Named after a canon that washed ashore in the 1800s, Cannon Beach is not just beautiful, but also rich with history. The beach is covered with impressive rock formations, including the epic Haystack Rock. Wildlife abounds here. The area is a favorite for bird-watching and whale-watching, not to mention sightings of impressive marine life, grey wolves, herds of elk, and the colorful tufted puffin. A kid-friendly destination, visit in June for the sand castle contest.


More Places to Stop

Flying Heritage Collection
Elliott’s Oyster House
Gothic Basin
Icefire Glassworks
Columbia River Gorge

Your Turn

This is Charles and Bob’s story, what’s yours? What are you passionate about? Let that lead the way to your next adventure. If hiking piques your interest, find amazing hiking trails throughout the country on the National Park Service site. Ready to take a journey? Your adventure starts with Enterprise.