Well, we’ve started into the New Year with the weather repeatedly threatening snow and rain but not producing much of either. So, the check is in the mail and it’ll snow next week…promise! In the meantime, I’m occupying myself with visits to odd, but interesting, places that are probably not worthy of a full dayhike. Last year it was the old fire lookout site atop Tallowbox Mountain. This year, I went for a similar old lookout site on Buck Rock near Trail, Oregon. Meanwhile, The LovedOne is spending more time volunteering at the library.
There are decent gravel and two-track dirt roads to within a half-mile of Buck Rock (you can drive all the way to the top with a 4×4 or an ATV). But I figured doing a half-mile, 800-foot elevation gain walk would preserve the illusion of exercise, if not of an actual “hike.” The Rock was established as a lookout site in 1925 with construction of a 10-foot wooden tower. During World War II, it served as an Aircraft Warning Site (AWS), which necessitated building a cupola ground house, sleeping and living quarters, and a woodshed. A 10-foot wooden live-in tower was installed in 1959. All of these structures were removed in 1967 when the site was abandoned. Today Buck Rock is home to some solar panels and a small comm tower.
Today the pea-soup fog that has been filling the Rogue Valley for days was being overshot by high clouds ahead of bad weather that is supposedly coming our way over the next two days or so. I ‘m thinking that folks on the East Coast would love to have some of this “bad” weather instead of the truly awful weather they’re currently dealing with!