I spent a lovely afternoon at Beacon Rock State Park, right up the road in the Columbia River Gorge.
I have not spent much time up there. I did a little scouting trip a few weeks ago to check it out, and went back to spend more time photographing and doing a little filming, which I turned into this little video:
https://player.vimeo.com/video/161268176 Beacon Rock State Park from Stephanie Roberts on Vimeo.
On the way down I stopped at Cape Horn for a look at the Gorge, and Phoca Rock, out in the middle of the river. Down the left bank you can see Beacon Rock in the distance.
Someone planted a flag on the top of Phoca Rock. Apparently it’s been claimed for another nation now 🙂
I got to Beacon Rock and went for a nice stroll around the big meadow. I’m getting in shape this summer, so it was challenging for me. I was pretty tired by the end of it, and I was lugging a tripod and camera gear.
Saw this guy along the way, just sunning himself on the path.
From across the meadow I took a zoomed in photo of Beacon Rock, and by zooming way in on that I could see the path to the top. Apparently it is currently closed because of wind damage from a storm last winter.
After the meadow walk I strolled down to the docks. I want to come back and get a reflection of the rock in the water some morning. A friend took a picture like that and I was really impressed.
Cool rock formations on the Rock.
This was a very relaxing afternoon. I could not have asked for any better.