A quick blog entry just to share the beauty of Oregon. My wife and I took a 40 minute drive in our new car to Sandy, OR, at the base of Mt. Hood to visit Barlow Wayside trail. If you ever visit Oregon, expect very nice people and some spectacular natural areas. This park has some very quiet, serene trails for a self-guided tour of a forest. It looks like that third moon of Endor. In any case, stop and enjoy the peace. Breathe in the crisp, clean fall air. Refreshing. This one is considered an "easy" hike, and we walked about 2 miles according to my fitbit.
For 10,000 years local Indians would have fished, foraged, camped, and hunted in this area. Then, merely 170 years ago, emigrants rested at a place such as this, arriving along the historic Barlow Road, the last segment of the Oregon Trail, allowing them, their stock and covered wagons, to cross the south slope of Mt. Hood to reach the "Promised Land" of the Willamette Valley. Built in 1846 by Sam Barlow and Philip Foster, the rugged overland trail avoided the treacherous Columbia River rapids yet traversed extremely steep terrain, rivers, and dense forests. As you explore the park with its towering trees and lush habitat, we hope you may find some solace as those who came before.