Yesterday a friend of ours took us on a guided hike through the woods north of Vernonia. He’s lived there his whole life and knows the logging roads, forests and mountains in the area well. He took us first out to an old hydroelectric plant and then out to the old dam. We crossed 3 old, abandoned logging bridges and numerous streams on our journey. We followed critter trails and saw signs of coyotes, elk and deer but the only wildlife we saw all day was a lizard by the dam and a garter snake back by the car… We hiked about 7 miles or so through deep grass (and nettle) and down washed out roads and a few roads that are still used by loggers. It was fun and very interesting, we would have never, ever been able to find any of that without our guide, we’re glad he took the time to show us around. We learned a lot more about the area, even some history that connects back to our park. On the way back to town we stopped at a popular shooting area and got in some much needed target practice. From there it was time for dinner and a stroll around Vernonia before finally heading home. A Saturday well spent!
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Dizzy practices his lions roar from high up on the rock.
Looking up river.
Our first stop, the old hydroelectric plant.
Dizzy’s first experience with a hammock. After his initial panic of having nothing under him he relaxed and laid there for awhile watching the trees sway.
Checking out the river.
Caught me taking pictures…had to show off his guns 🙂
Our guide on the edge of the dam.
Dave doesn’t look nearly as graceful in his crossing as our guide but he’s still more graceful than me…
Our guide pointing out some cement blocks and other various parts of the dam left in the river.
Dizzy’s getting brave! He made it halfway across before I had to carry him.
Across the river from the main building.
Pondering what the metal bars sticking out of the side are for…Lots of theories but no answers.
Looking down the left side toward the river.
Checking out pieces of stone mixed into the cement.
Part of the grate that would keep debris out of the inner workings of the dam.
Cool moss pattern.
Looking up through the dam.
Dave doing what he does best, making me nervous.
Nice view from the upper side of the dam.
Fern and daisy.
Dizzy stopped to enjoy the coolness of the steel.
Third bridge and turn around point. This one was a 1/2 inch steel plate.
Trail snacks and deep conversation with the dog.
The first bridge we crossed, solid steel.
The only wildlife we saw was back by the car…
What a great way to end a day in the woods!
After the hike we went back into Vernonia for dinner at the Black Bear Cafe. We went for the Garlic Chicken Pizza, their signature pizza, and fries. Apparently we were a little bit hungry because we ate it all along with the 24 oz chocolate peanut butter frappe. It was all delicious!