Well, a picture is worth 1,000 words. I walked over the walkway over the Sandy River from the big box shops, and saw a bunch of vulgar terms written on the sidewalk. The words, written in white chalk included, but are not limited to the following: ”suck my d**k, ”f**k you” and ”Pu**y”. (photos below) What did nature ever do to you, you skunk? Sheesh.
Reading such vulgarities ruined my day, and put a distaste in my mouth for the Portland/metro area. A distaste that’s been increasingly growing in my heart and mind for literally years.
Certainly, I am not one to control the behavior of another – your private life is your private life. When such vulgarities are made public, however, – out in the open for all to see – it’s a whole different world. And, it needs to be made known – to everyone.
This is actually the second time I’ve had an issue here, and was hesitant to return to to the recreation point due to the first issue, which I’ll get to in a second.
I believe in second chances. If I were you, however, I’d consider not giving this recreation site a first chance – and drive up or down the Gorge area a bit out of the way if you must. Find a place that is not Lewis and Clark Recreation Site.
So, now the first issue:
I was meandering around the park area, and stumbled upon LOADS of trash. I followed the trash, which led to what appeared to be a homeless encampment (across the bride from the Columbia Gorge shops)! It was truly outrageous. I called the local police department and 1800 number to report what I’d seen. (note: if the place were clean, the people who are homeless would have never brought attention to themselves).
I forget who I spoke with then, but recall I was told, ”It is really difficult to remove them (the homeless encampment).”
So now what? These people get to camp for free – indefinitely? And, toss their trash (Styrofoam containers, cans, plastic utensils etc.) out for the rest of us to tramp all over? The trash was a real eyesore, and I am extremely disappointed in this State Park site for allowing such mayhem to be so public.
Due to the vulgarities chalked on the sidewalk at Lewis and Clark Recreation Site, I now have a never ending disdain for The State of Oregon, The Portland/metro area, The City of Troutdale, and everyone who let the area get to this point. You are all complicit in crimes against NATURE.
You reap what you sow, and now the world will know of your disgraceful charades once and for all.