Smith Rock 9-21-16

We started our day under partly cloudy skies and mid 50 degree weather.  This is a hike around a world class hiking mecca, which has incredible views from most of the hiking trail.  We saw over 20 climbers scaling their way up small cracks or shear walls.  We hiked clockwise around Smith Rock and did an extra credit hike up to the base of Monkey Face Rock.  The group made a key decision not to go over Misery Trail from that point, which turned out to be the right move.  We later learned a hiker had died the day before from a fall on that part of the trail. 

We saw several green fields in the distance as we hiked around the rock, which turned out to be mint fields, sold to high end tea drinkers from around the world.  Another discovery was a canal that paralleled the Crooked River and is part of an irrigation canal system that was built starting in the mid 1800’s.  We passed a tunnel that allowed the water to pass through a major rock mountain that was built in 1946.  The canal is part of a larger irrigation system that was built to supply water to the wheat farmers in the valley. 

Refreshments were taken at the Pumphouse Bar and Grill in TerreBonne and dinner with spouses was at Joolz in Bend. 

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