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On a steep hillside off of Highway 14 near Skamania, Washington.
The Frogman's Tale
This expedition was pretty uneventful. After stopping for a bite at Taco Bell, we headed over into Washington and down the gorge. There was a truck that certainly should have pulled over on Highway 14 that slowed us down quite a bit, but we ended up making it to the turn-off. The hashpoint itself was a bit down the hill, but we easily got within GPS margin-of-error, so I called it a win.
We took the scenic drive up the gorge instead of heading back across 205 on our way home. It turns out that the Bridge of the Gods is a toll bridge. If I had known, I might not have taken that route, but it was a pretty drive.
I took a long lunch and crossed into the state of Washington, then headed east on State Highway 14. I, too, had a slow truck ahead of me on the long hill up to "Cape Horn," a promontory on the Columbia Gorge.
Highway 14 follows the Columbia River on the Washington side, so any road off of it will head steeply up the side of the Gorge. Smith-Cripe Road was steep and curvy, but well-made and with light traffic, so it was easy enough to pull over and walk toward the hashpoint. Technically, the point was a few meters off the roadbed by my GPS, but since that would involve a tremendous plunge downslope and through brambles, cooler heads prevailed. I felt "there." It's a win.
I left a calling card that would, later, be found.
I went back to work.