Thursday, August 17, 2006
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
July 29, 2006
I spent last summer interning in Washington, D.C. While I was there, my internship group did a service project involving removing invasive weeds from a local watershed park.
Soon after beginning the project some of the interns, who probably had not seen vegetation outside of a tree in a sidewalk planter, began to complain. They only had one bar of cell phone reception and could no longer see the parking lot, which was about a half mile away.
The Starvation Creek Historic Columbia River Highway hike would be a perfect nature excursion for those interns.
Located just off I-84, Starvation Creek features two main trails, a 1 mile hike along the historic Columbia River Highway, from which you can still see and hear the interstate, and a 6-mile hike to Defiance Falls. Because I was still wearing my work dress clothes and loafers I took the Columbia River Highway hike and decided to leave Defiance Falls for another day.
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