heat wave – Rooster Rock

Rooster Rock is a huge park just outside Portland in the Columbia River Gorge. I can’t believe that I have lived here most of my life and had never been there. It was not for want of trying: the place fills up pretty fast on weekends and holidays. When our friends suggested a picnic in the middle of the week it was one of those “Aha!” moments.

the Columbia River

This is the view from our picnic spot looking down at the river (the hills rising on the other side are in the state of Washington).

vista lookout

Looking the other way, across the parking lot (see! no cars!). Despite temperatures in the mid-nineties, we had the place nearly to ourselves except for a gaggle of nude sunbathers and the odd dog walker. For a truly scenic outing, one can take the old Columbia River Highway that winds past a number of waterfalls and to the top of that cliff in the distance, where there is a picturesque lookout with an incredible view of the gorge. Silly me: I failed to take a picture of the rock outcropping that gives this park its name (it looks like a giant rooster’s tail).

late afternoon

After a refreshing swim, we settled down, with our wine and all sorts of good things to eat, to watch the sunset.

later still

It just got better and better,

full-on sunset

The haze from nearby forest fires does wonderful things for sunsets…reminds me of sunsets seen from Griffith Park in Los Angeles when I lived there in the 60’s. A guilty pleasure, but it is beautiful.

4 thoughts on “heat wave – Rooster Rock

  1. Lovely! Your pictures are beautiful and make me want to go right now (even in the dark.)

    As I heard it, Rooster Rock was one of the re-named locations in the great cleansing of inappropriate place names across America in the early part of the last century. It used to be named Cock Rock. And when you look at the rock as you drive by on the freeway, you can see why…

  2. Looks like a great destination! I’ve driven by while on vacation but never been. There’s no missing the landmark from a distance, though. In fact there’s a gorgeous view of it from the 1870s(?) in a terrific photo by Carleton Watkins. He didn’t have a big empty parking lot to photograph back then, however. I’m amazed you found it so empty!

  3. Debbie~It was. Glad you could come.

    Jane~And when you stroll the beach, you can see that the old name would still apply for other reasons as well.

    James~I guess once school starts people assume it is fall, regardless of how hot the days, and turn to non-beach activities.

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