Labor Day Weekend. It’s traditionally a club cruise and this year Rose City went to Beacon Rock. It was going to be hot in Portland (around 100 degrees F) and it was going to be equally hot up the gorge. As a result, fewer boats made the trip up, but we still had an OK turnout for the potluck Sunday night. We started the cruise on Friday after work and made it as far as Schwitter’s Landing on Government Island.
Saturday we motored and sailed the rest of the way to Beacon Rock. We arrived around 3:00.
Everyone scrambled for phones to find out more info. As the afternoon and evening progressed, so did the fire. It just kept getting bigger. Eagle Creek, just down river from Cascade Locks, was burning away. It really took off during the night.
This is what we woke up to on Sunday morning. Do we leave or do we hike the rock? The rock won, mainly because there is now a trail that leads from the marina to Beacon Rock. No more walking along the highway hoping you don’t get hit.
New bridge to the trail.
The new trail. No cars whizzing by.
An interesting downed tree.
The view from Beacon Rock. Other than a couple of large motor boats, the dock is all Rose City boats. Smoke was everywhere, but it you could still see the layers.
Sunday afternoon we took a sail in the dinghy. A nice west wind blew most of the smoke away. This is looking back at Beacon Rock from the Columbia River.
In spite of the smoke, we had a good cruise – time to catch up with folks and get some sailing in. Now it’s back to project mode.
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Marvelous photos of a tragic fire. So glad you made it home safely.
I proposed to my wife on Beacon Rock.