Frenchmen’s Bar Area Hike

Hike Distance: 6.5 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 301.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 477 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 40084 feet

I almost didn’t get out today but my wife forced me to leave, knowing I wouldn’t be in a great mood without some fresh air and exercise.  haha  I haven’t mentioned it yet, but my wife had a torn meniscus repaired four days ago.  As a result, she won’t be able to hike for a while. 😦  That said, she’s doing well, and seems to have minimal issues due to the surgery, which is great!

So I stayed close to home and Frenchmen’t Bar is my new go-to place when getting out late.  It was a rainy day, with plenty of wind, and I loved it!  It’s nice to see winter weather resume, and I felt right at home on the trail.  The only problem I had was forgetting my waterproof winter gloves, but at least I had a pair of smartwool gloves with me.

The path I took on this hike was thoroughly contorted, and it would mess with your head if I tried to explain it.  The noteworthy things that occurred were as follows:  A couple of women told me about a trail that connected the north end dike to the beach, and I investigated that.  It turns out there is a trail there, and the access looks normal on the dike side.  However, the beach side of this trail seams to terminate in the brush, but you can still easily get to the beach.  This is obviously not an official trail, and who knows who made it?

The second thing that occurred on my hike was to visit the DNR land that is adjacent, to the east, of the Frenchmen’s Bar Park.  I visited this area because there was a large body of water, from all the rains, that looked to make a good photo.  Turns out it wasn’t such a great photo, and looks better in person, but I included the picture anyway.

Lastly, I spent plenty of time on the beach, along the Columbia River.  There were a couple of large container ships moored there.  There was also some great photo opportunities, due to the lighting and interesting rain cloud formations.  The weather did start to clear at the end of the hike, and I saw some blue sky.

Despite being a Saturday, there were few people at the park due to the bad weather.  My good fortune!  Oh, and were starting to see some of the trees and plants blooming!  I’m just hoping my allergies don’t act up.  haha   A great day, and my mood was lifted after the hike. 🙂

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