Stonehenge – Maryhill, Washington

While staying at Cottonwood Canyon State Park in Oregon, we decided we were interested in visiting Stonehenge. Wiltshire, England seemed like too far to go, so we went to Maryhill, WA which was only about 30 miles away.

Stonehenge Rocks
Did you know that Stonehenge was made by Chuck Norris stacking blocks as a baby?
Is there a Paperhenge? Scissorhenge?

The Maryhill Stonehenge, built by Sam Hill, was the first monument in the United States to honor the dead of World War I. The center altar stone is lined up with sunrise on the summer solstice. Hill had incorrectly believed that the original Stonehenge had been used as a sacrificial site, therefore constructed the replica as a reminder that humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war.

“Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe!” – The Doctor
“Stonehenge, where the demons dwell Where the banshees live and they do live well Stonehenge, where a man’s a man And the children dance to the pipes of Pan.” – Spinal Tap
“In memory of the soldiers 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 can alone quench.”
The memorial is worth the drive over the Columbia River, and most certainly worth the time to appreciate some of those that gave all.

If you are interested in visiting other Stonehenge replicas in the United States you can find a Roadside America map here.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park – Wasco, Oregon

Cottonwood Canyon near Wasco, OR is Oregon’s newest state park. All sites are primitive, but there are vault toilets and potable water in the park.

The Cottonwood Canyon brand

The campground sits right on the John Day River, so we had access to swimming and fishing. The fishing was great there, everyone around us was catching a lot…not us, but everyone around us.

Kayaks on the John Day
View of the John Day River flowing through Cottonwood Canyon.

Cottonwood Canyon is meant to give you the feel of the ranching days of the past. There is a barn, cattle shoots, corals, old farming equipment, water troughs, and more.

Cottonwood Canyon barn – go ahead and sneak in and roll in the hay all night. I will deny telling you that it is okay to do that.
There’s probably someone rolling in the hay in this picture. What? It’s not me…I was taking the picture.
Local cattle brands are branded on the fences.
Super old mower thingabop.
Superman: [hardly breathing] You’re letting them kill Murtha… Batman: What does that mean? Why did you say that name? Superman: Find him… Save Murtha… Batman: Why did you say that name? Murtha? Why did you say that name? WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME? Lois Lane: [enters running] It’s his cow’s name! It’s his cow’s name.
Tack. Tak. “Tak is here now, and he speaks with the voice of the older age;” -Stephen King.
“What? You’ve never seen a guy with a chainsaw for a hand?” -Ashley James Williams
“Would you like to see my pleasure barn?” -Chrisbob Grey.

Pay attention to the fencing around the campground, as it tells a story worth paying attention to.

In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The ways of those who have come before.” -Fence
“Your path is under your boot soles.” -Fence

The information station is great with a solar charging station for your cell phone that you won’t have a signal on. There are also rocking chairs, and an outdoor wooden checker game. Feel free to ring the dinner bell, too.

“Well I followed her, to the station With a suitcase in my hand.” – Rolling Stones
Charging station.
Have a seat. Stay awhile.
Have some lemonade and play some checkers on the porch.
CHOW TIME!!

The night sky is framed by the canyon hills and is a beautiful sight to see.

Night sky over the canyon
The morning sky was worth taking a look at too!

Cottonwood Canyon also has free mountain bikes for camper use. There are multiple trails to ride on, including a path right beside the river that takes you past some pretty fascinating geological sights. Due to a chubby butt and a bum knee, I did not partake in the bicycling, but the hubs did and he wrote a blog for you about it, which is coming up next!

 

Jessie M. Honeyman State Park, Westlake, OR

Jessie M. Honeyman State Park
Westlake, Oregon

This park was fantastic! It’s huge, with over 300 camping sites, 10 yurts, hiker/biker area, group camping and an ampitheater. All sites can be reserved, so making a reservation is probably your best bet. We didn’t have a reservation, but we got lucky with one night in a no hookups site and then we were able to move over to a site with electric and water.

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There are plenty of bathroom facilities throughout the park with showers, as well. The bathrooms/showers near the Welcome Center had unisex showers on the outside of the building, so the hubby and I got to sneak in a shower together, which was awesome. The Welcome Center is a lot like a hotel lobby where they sell firewood, magazines, soda, and more.

There are lovely trees and shrubbery for site privacy, but oodles of chipmunks everywhere, so our dogs made sure to remind us that we were never really alone.

The campground and day use area have lots of trails and roads for walking or hiking. The campground has a huge playground for kids, and nearby are dunes for the adult playground.

The park rangers that we met were super helpful. They were friendly with the dogs, and even had a sense of humor! They learned while we were deciding on which site to move to that I may have a small phobia of slugs; and then there were slug jokes. There is nothing better than free comedy and great customer service! (As for the slug, it was sitting at the entrance to the new campsite like the welcoming committee to hell…I really don’t like slugs.)

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We walked a lot of the roads and some of the trails. There are a lot of things to explore while staying there. The day use area has canoe, kayak, and paddle boat rentals to explore the lake, and the Welcome Center rents bicycles as well. There are large dunes to climb and play on, and a sandy beach for swimming, plus there are floating docks out on the lake to swim out to. The day use area also has endless picnic tables! The tables are all separate, with trails and shrubbery isolating each picnic area. There are multiple beautiful gazebos for rent. Most of the picnic areas and the gazebos have a full view of the gorgeous blue Cleawox Lake.

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The only downside that we found during our stay is that some of the non-hookup sites and a few of the hookups have the picnic tables and fire pits reversed; when you back your trailer into the site the door is facing away from your outdoor fun.

Overall, our stay at Honeyman was great, and we will be going back to enjoy it again soon!