Before we left PDX, I splurged and bought a good camera to take on the trip. I was planning to get a Canon EOS T3 but was a bit nervous about having to think about things like f stops and apertures and light meters and all that stuff. Then I heard about something called "bridge cameras." These are for those of us who want to pretend we know what we're doing, but don't actually have a clue and prefer to remain clueless.
I bought a Fujifilm Finepix S8200 for about half the price of the Canon AND I can actually make it do things. Cool things. Look:
Probably the coolest picture I've ever taken.
This is either a buoy, an oil rig, or the tin man after he's been attacked by seagulls and left to rot in Newport Bay.
See that thing at the bottom? It's a seal!