When we first got to Smith Rock, we were a bit bummed. Not only did we have to pay $16 for camping, but there were so many other campers surrounding us too. There were so many wonderful parts however! not only did we get the best view of anyone right out of our tent (all these photos were taken 4 steps from the tent), but we also had plenty of shade, had some lovely views of a bald eagles nest, and even met some wonderful friends along the way.
While Mara and I were playing cards in the shade I heard a few nearby hikers talking about how they might get the chance to see some eagles on their walk. I invited them into our camp to see our perfect view of the eagles nest, and after talking with them for a bit and noticing one was wearing a longhorns shirt, I realized that I had actually met them a few months prior while we were all at the same estate sale off Hawthorne and 48th. Of course the first time I had talk to them was because they were wearing longhorns gear, and they in fact remembered us, as well as the cast iron pan we had scored, and the old lady in braids who had owned the home having the sale.
After talking about how much we missed Texas’ breakfast tacos, and kolaches, we exchanged numbers and agreed to try one of the few places in Portland that has “Texas style tacos.” This has been a wonderful weekend adventure.