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More hidden stuff in the woods!

More hidden stuff in the woods!

on May 10, 2014

My recent adventure included an old pipe, technology, an ice-cold river, a kick ass waterfall, some mines, some harrowing adventure, sadistic stairs, and a darn good time. My life has been pretty crazy lately.  I have found myself in a new job, moving to a new house across town, trying to train for a triathlon and just general life.  Due to all these things I have not had a chance to get out and have any adventures lately, so last Saturday I was determined to go to the woods and clear my head.  I also recently got the Garmin Fenix 2 and was looking for a good chance to test it out, so, I grabbed The Professor and headed out to one of my favorite places to explore, the Mt Hood Forest east of Estacada. For quite a while now I have wanted to find an old abandoned mercury/cinnabar mine just downstream of Lake Harriet on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River.  I have been out there once before trying to find it and had no luck. This seemed like a great time to test out the geocaching function on my Fenix 2.  There just happened to be a geocache at the mercury mine so I loaded it into the watch before we left and then used it to find where we were going once we got up in the woods.  It never hurts to have a little GPS technology help you find things, especially if you are a gadget nut like me. I knew that the mine was somewhere near the old PGE pipeline that runs from below Lake Harriet to the Clackamas River.  I am not sure why the pipeline is here or what it was created for other than it is part of the PGE Hydroelectric something or other from way back in the day.  I do know that it is really cool and it is interesting to stumble across it out in the middle of the woods.  As we explored around the pipeline we mused that it would be fun to cut holes in the top and turn it into a giant water slide, or put some kind of go-cart in it and...

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