Frenchmen’s Bar Area Hike

Hike Distance: 5.6 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 27.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 100 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 2313 feet

Knowing the forecast was for rain I wanted to feel it fall upon me.  I know this sounds strange but somehow I wanted to feel the rain just wash away my worries, if only for a temporary time.  And rain it did, and I felt my anxiety melt away during the hike.  Such a cathartic hike. 🙂

The path I took for this hike was typical of previous ones.  I generally walk along the two dike sections, which are located on the north and south of Frenchmen’s Bar Park.  Along with these two sections I also hike along the length of the Columbia River Shoreline.  The nice thing about this park is that there are two different types of views you’ll get.  On the dikes the views are of grasslands with large quantities of migrating birds (when in season).  Along the shoreline there are beautiful Columbia River water views, views of Sauvie Island and barge/ship traffic.  I actually enjoy seeing some of the large ships moored along the river, though wildlife is a much bigger draw to me!

The mood today was very impressive and I enjoyed taking pictures with my camera.  After reviewing my photos I realized some had an old black and white kind of look to them.  I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed taking B&W photos with my Rolleiflex SLR back in the 1970’s.  Definitely a nostalgic moment!   Being an engineer I still prefer today’s digital cameras, especially the ability to review images immediately.    A great day and well worth getting out.