Yep, I just may have to put that warning in the information block on the Rooster Rock Hike in my upcoming Day Hiking Columbia Gorge Book. The trail described in my book won't yield any unwanted or inappropriate imagery, but a hike down on the beach just may. Even in January. I was well aware of Rooster Rock's gorgeous Columbia River sandy beaches as being a legal clothing optional beach. However, what I wasn't aware of was that it has the reputation of a San Francisco Bathhouse. Now hear me out-I'm not anti-gay, homophobic or on the moral high-horse here. I'm just talking about good ole respect and decency on public lands-land that is supported by tax dollars and fees. Nude beach, fine-you are warned about it-continue if that doesn't bother you. But no one needs to feel threatened with unwanted sexual advances or have to witness sexual behavior, gay or straight while recreating on their public property. And people need to know that this goes on, lest a family goes for a hike on this beautiful beach and walks into an uncensored scene from broke back beach! Not cool! Anyhow-you've now been warned if you weren't aware of this place's reputation. And why aren't other books and guide warning you about this? Feel free to hike Rooster Rock's forested trails with peace of mind. Hike its beaches without snooping around to see what is making the rustling in the willows. Enjoy the views up the Columbia instead and reflect; isn't it a tad bit ironic that Rooster Rock's original name was Cock Rock. Except it was in reference to its phallic shape not to male chickens. Talk about what's in a name!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Beware of illicit sexual behavior!