Washington Stonehenge

 

 

“Stonehenge, in Washington?” I asked a co-worker who had just told me about this site.  He said that we  would be passing by on our drive back from a day assignment in the field.  I asked him and my other colleague if they would mind swinging by to check it out.  They both agreed; our time at the “home office” is usually a lot of sitting around and waiting for an assignment.  All three of us had nothing else to do for the day and the change of scenery would help break up the day to day monotony of winter in the Hood River Gorge.  In the winter at the home office, if we aren’t flying, we are usually trying to find something to do.

 

As we pulled  into the parking lot we came to realize that this Stonehenge replica is a World War I memorial to honor the fallen soldiers of Klickitat County, Washington.  The memorial is supposed to be a replica of what Stonehenge was believed” to have look like in ancient times, before it was partially dismantled and subject to the wind and elements for several thousand years.

After I took some initial photos, I had a colleague shoot this photo in one of the archways to provide some scale to the structure.

Heading into the inside of the Stonehenge look-alike, I could see the outer ring, inner stones, and then the inner sanctuary.

Even from inside the middle, I could still see the Columbia River.  What a choice piece of real estate that this monument sits on – very appropriate to the sacrifice of the men that it honors.

Inside on one of the main stones I found the commemoration plaque that best describes this monument’s purpose:

IN MEMORY OF

THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS

OF KLICKITAT COUNTY

WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE

OF THEIR COUNTRY

THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED IN THE

HOPE THAT OTHERS INSPIRED BY THE

EXAMPLE OF THEIR VALOR AND THEIR

HEROISM MAY SHARE IN THAT LOVE

OF LIBERTY AND BURN WITH THAT

FIRE OF PATRIOTISM WHICH

DEATH ALONE CAN QUENCH

On nearby stones I found individual markers, one for each fallen soldier of this county.

Nearby the Stonehenge monument, Klickitat County has also erected a Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  We did not have time to visit that memorial, but we would have if we could.  I thought about the “oddness” of having a Stonehenge replica and then realized that were it not for the novelty of this memorial, we probably wouldn’t have visited.  I think that it was a smart idea to make the memorial shaped in the likeness of a world-known monument – in this way, the memory of the soldiers from this area who died in World War I will always be remembered.

Before we departed, I shot a picture down the Columbia River towards the west.  Just beyond the horizon lays Hood River and the very popular Hood River Gorge Scenic Area.  This area is one of the best wind surfing and kite boarding areas in America.  During the summer time, the rents and population triple as everyone heads to the river to enjoy the beautiful scenery and water sports.


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flying to Mt. Hood

Finally, after some weeks of overcast weather I finally had some blue skies.  Well, mostly blue.  I headed out to the airport with great anticipation to get up into the air.  While I pre-flighted the plane,  this rainbow bloomed in the background as I checked the fuel tanks.

It took me a little while to climb to the top of Mt. Hood flying in the Cessna; I wanted to get high enough so that the strong turbulence created by the wind blowing past the mountain wouldn’t bounce us around too much.  I finally leveled of at near 12,000′ and orbited the summit a few times enjoying the scenery.

I was really impressed at how tall the snow stacked up on  the ridges of the mountain.  You can tell how strong the wind is at this altitude as it blows past the jagged peaks.

As I looked towards the north we could see Mt. Adams in the background on the other side of the Columbia River.

Heading out to the east I flew over The Dalles and its large dam and bridge.

After a wonderful flight I turned back home; the photo below was taken as I was on final approach.  I can’t think of many things that are more fun than landing the airplane by yourself…

Back on the ground with Mt. Adams in the background.


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