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It had been awhile since I hiked to the north end of Sauvie Island, about 20 miles northwest of home. The south end of the 40 square-mile island is an agricultural area, but the north end is managed for wildlife.
After hiking three miles along the sandy beaches and old roads, I reached the small Warrior Rock Lighthouse. Along the way I was treated to lots of ripe blackberries and scenes of shipping traffic on the Columbia River.
I continued walking up the sandy beach passing an old concrete artillery placement, likely from WWII. Stopping near the north tip of the Island overlooking the little town of St. Helens, Oregon, I realized there were only 86 river-miles to go before the Pacific Ocean would be reached.
I soon turned around and made a hasty retreat to the Trailhead as the skies darkened and the rain began. As I drove home the rain began coming down in torrents accompanied by booms of thunder. It must be getting close to fall.