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Seeing the Small Things with Corning Gorilla Glass

Last week, we hiked through the amazing sights of the Pacific Northwest on an unforgettable trip sponsored by Corning Incorporated, known for their incredible Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4. The glass is found on a number of mobile devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, which we used exclusively on our trip.

It’s Corning’s toughest glass cover yet – and we’re testing that toughness as we scale mountains, hike through lava caves and explore other “tough drops” around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

I took on the adventure with an elite team of travel influencers, including Mariellen Ward of Breathe Dream Go, Teri Johnson of Travelista Teri and JD Andrews of EarthXplorer. We were known as the “Gorilla Glass 4” (we even had jackets).

Our mission was to share the amazing wonders of the Pacific Northwest, and to see if we could capture it all using only a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. You’ll have to see for yourselves if we did the gorgeous region justice.

We talked so much about “tough drops”, but we never forgot the small things, either

We’ve learned so much on our tough drops adventure with Corning Gorilla Glass. We tested our physical limits on Mount St. Helens and Smith Rock. We scaled gravity-defying heights at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the Astoria Column. And we even went deep into the depths of the Devil’s Punch Bowl and the Lava Caves. Since Gorilla Glass 4 performs up to 2x better than competitive glass design in devices dropped from 3 feet high, we wanted to make sure our main focus was on high places, big landscapes, and fabulous feats.

However, that doesn’t mean we ignored the small stuff. In fact, one of the greatest pleasures of traveling with our Samsung Galaxy S6 devices was its incredible ability to capture even the tiniest of objects using its macro function. You would think we were working with professional DSLRs, not phone cameras, the way some of these images turned out.

With this in mind, we’re concluding with a final post similar to the one we started with – a photo journey through some of the incredible sights we’ve encountered throughout our trip. This time, however, our photos chronicle the tiny wonders that we came upon. The ones only the clearest glass can capture. Those are the photos we are sharing with you.

Day 1: Mount St. Helens

Pumice stone on Mount St. Helens

Pumice stone on Mount St. Helens

 

Strawberry flowers

Strawberry flowers

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Lupine, one of the only plants that survives the highest altitudes on Mount St. Helens. You can even see the beads of water that have accumulated on its tiny leaves, fresh from a mountain rain shower.

Lupine, one of the only plants that survives the highest altitudes on Mount St. Helens. You can even see the beads of water that have accumulated on its tiny leaves, fresh from a mountain rain shower.

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Tiny sprouts

Tiny sprouts

Day 2: Multnomah Falls

Lover’s lock

Lover’s lock

Dandelion along the Deschutes River

Dandelion along the Deschutes River

Day 3: Painted Hills and Lava Caves

Knot of wood

Knot of wood

Bright orange flowers

Bright orange flowers

Picnic spot

Picnic spot

A camouflaged friend

A camouflaged friend

Rocky earth

Rocky earth

Basalt near the lava caves

Basalt near the lava caves

Tree bark

Tree bark

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Day 4: Smith Rock

Flowers in front of Smith Rock

Flowers in front of Smith Rock

 

Spindly branches

Spindly branches

Moss growing on a tree

Moss growing on a tree

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See the bee?

See the bee?

Rocks piled into holes on the mountain

Rocks piled into holes on the mountain

Spot the waterfall

Spot the waterfall

Bumper sticker love

Bumper sticker love

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Day 5: Devil’s Punch Bowl and Yaquina Head

This patch of dirt in front of the Devil’s Punch Bowl was no more than three inches long

This patch of dirt in front of the Devil’s Punch Bowl was no more than three inches long

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Lava stones and driftwood on the beach at Yaquina Head

Lava stones and driftwood on the beach at Yaquina Head

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Mussels at Yaquina Head

Mussels at Yaquina Head

This small log looks like a giant loaf of bread

This small log looks like a giant loaf of bread

Day 6: Astoria

Peak through a small hole in driftwood

Peak through a small hole in driftwood

Flowers at Cape Disappointment

Flowers at Cape Disappointment

Close-up of a 3D map – where we were

Close-up of a 3D map – where we were

Win A Samsung Galaxy S6

We’ve spent a whole week exploring the capabilities of a new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, and now our Gorilla 4 team is able to give one away – PLUS a $1,000 travel gift card to one incredibly lucky winner.

Here’s how you enter

If you’re interested in winning a $1,000 travel  gift card to have your own adventure and a Samsung Galaxy S6 with Corning Gorilla Glass 4,to capture the memories, follow the instructions below::

  • Visit this link
  • Enter your information.
  • Share your entry to receive a bonus entry. It’s that simple!

Thanks for joining us on our incredible adventure. Special thanks to our friends Corning and Samsung for their partnership and to the Corning team that put this amazing trip together. Lucky for us, we now have some amazing images to remember it with.

Note: This blog post was sponsored by Corning Incorporated. However, all opinions are our own and we stand by them! Click here for our full disclosure statement.

Beth Santos
Founder and CEO of Wanderful, creator of the Women in Travel Summit, enthusiastic lover of ice cream, picnics and art.

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