Just the other day we were out in the Gorge paddling. We launched from Dalton Point and landed at Phoca Rock, a giant basalt island in the middle of the river. I’d say it’s 50 feet tall. We took pictures of each other from the top.
Then we headed to the Washington side of the Columbia River. There’s a sheer basalt cliff known as Cape Horn. It’s pretty cool because it sticks straight up from the river. There’s also a waterfall flowing down part of it – and the railroad built a tunnel straight through the rock. So, when you’re on one side, you don’t know a train’s coming until it pops through the opening at 65 mph!
We started to get hungry – so we headed back across the Columbia River over to Sand Island on the Oregon side. The river’s really low at this late-summer time. There were many sand bars and we ran aground a few times. Still, sitting on the beach on the other side was relaxing – except for one thing. We saw, coming over the horizon, Darwinian-like forms coming our way. These were in fact humans without clothes. We were on the nude beach! This made for some serious hilarity.
One of these people sans clothes strode right up to April and started up a conversation, and then handed her a business card from some nudist association! Unbelievable.
Well, anyway. We packed up and headed back down stream to explore the lower part of Rooster Rock State Park – then on to Corbett. It was a very nice day and a 12-mile paddle.