Yeah, their food is incredible. I'm at home in Oregon City. The Pelican's beers are bottled and sold in limited distribution in Oregon. I get them at my local Thriftway. Sipping on one of their award winning ales always brings me back to PC.
This is the advantage a full time pro has - David Muench is always a good example. He could go to a location such as yours and wait several days for a front to come through.
This link [link] is for a journal I wrote about an image I took from a Grand Canyon overlook which I visited around 200 times (admittedly not always with a camera). While first impressions are important, the value of repeated trips to the same locale can be key to producing some of your best and most mature images.