Raf and I went on an interesting hike at the Columbia Gorge last weekend. Again we found it in “100 hikes in Northwest Oregon” and it proved to provide us with all kinds mystery. Again. This time the hike referred to a trail that that barely existed. We finally found the trail by chance and followed it but it was very rustic.
The story behind this place is interesting. It is Tooth Rock and it used to be the old Columbia River Highway. Here’s what the book says on page 118:
When Engineer Samuel Lancaster laid out the original Columbia River Highway in 1913, he decided not to tunnel through Tooth Rock, a basalt shoulder of Wauna Point that juts out over the river. Instead he perched the narrow roadway on a perilous-looking viaduct, a half-bridge clinging to the cliff’s face. The resulting viewpoint was so impressive that Model T drivers often stopped to gawk – and were sometimes rear-ended by the next car” – William L. Sullivan.
Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Well, it really isn’t that spectacular. In modern days the view is of the Bonneville Dam. Oh well. It was an adventure.
Speaking of adventures, our apartment complex was the scene of this little news story. It was quite the story in our little town here. The scariest part of it for us was that Raf almost walked right into it when he went outside to check the mail. He called me to ask if I could check the news to see what was going on, that the manager’s house was surrounded by armed FBI agents. So, yeah. Big news. I’m not happy that the the tenants of the freaking complex were not notified that this was happening. The least that could have been done was put some police tape around the area, blocking people from entering the crime zone.
So there’s my little rant of the week.
Have a good weekend!
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And the biggest thing they mention is that the incident backed up traffic!!
Wow! That's exciting and not really in a Ohh! Exciting! kind of way! Glad you and Raf are okay! When I lived in Ithaca there was a drug bust or something that happened right in the middle of downtown. We were hanging out and all of a sudden cars closed off all the exits to the commons, and then a bunch of cops took down a guy on a bike right in front of us. It was so strange – you'd think they wouldn't want to do that with a bunch of people around. I'm sure there are other considerations at play, but still . . . I am SO envious of all your hiking opportunities. And that all your photos have so much green going on right now.