We are continuing our summer adventures recap! It has been exciting recapping because it’s like I’m re-living those wonderful memories as I type about it. Onto today’s post: I learned about this place thanks to an amazing local artist, Mike Bennett. You should totally check out his Instagram, you would love it!
We prepared our car with food, drinks and snacks and set out on a drive along the Columbia River Gorge, farther than we have ever gone as a family. In reality, it’s really not that far, it’s the same distance heading to the beach, but we hadn’t gone in that direction for a trip. We had also gotten our new car a month prior so we were excited to be able to road trip in a reliable car.
Our first stop was at Mitchell Point, which is past Cascade Locks. We were still about an hour out from our destination, so we decided to take a quick break and stretch. This place is a hiking spot and we didn’t even know it. It looks beautiful and I cannot wait to come back next summer.
We also got a good look at the Columbia River Gorge. Always a fantastic, but windy, sight!
We drove the rest of the way and the scenery started changing. Soon we were seeing next to no trees. We did see the giant wind turbines which Alex and CL had never seen before.
It felt like forever and we could not see the memorial until a few more turns around the hill. Finally it was in sight and we were so excited to see it in person.
Stonehenge World War I Memorial
A full-scale replica of the Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, built by museum founder Sam Hill.
Erected as the nation’s first WWI memorial and dedicated in 1918 to the servicemen of Klickitat County, Washington, who died in the service of their country during the Great War, Hill’s Stonehenge Memorial is a monument to heroism and peace.
Hill believed that the original Stonehenge was constructed as a place of human sacrifice. Concluding there was a parallel between the loss of life in WWI and the sacrifices at ancient Stonehenge, he set out to build a replica on the cliffs of the Columbia as a reminder of those sacrifices and the “incredible folly” of the war.
Guided by leading authorities on archaeology, astronomy, and engineering, Hill combined their knowledge to duplicate, as nearly as possible, the original size and design of the ancient Neolithic ruin in England. The original idea was to use local stone, however, when the rock proved unsatisfactory, Hill decided to use reinforced concrete.
Unlike the ancient Stonehenge, the altar stone is aligned to the astronomical horizon rather than the actual midsummer sunrise. This results in a three degree difference from the original structure. Combined with a five degree difference in latitude and the manner in which the surrounding hills obscure the actual horizon, Stonehenge Memorial is difficult to use as an astronomical calendar.
Despite our pictures, we did wear our masks when people were around. We got lucky and basically had the place to ourselves for a good 10 to 15 minutes, so we took advantage.
We walked around a bit and then went to the bottom of the hill when more people showed up. We sat on some rocks to do more sight-seeing of the gorge and the train down below. It was such a windy day, but the sun was out and the weather was nice and cool.
We tried to get some shots by myself for the gram, but I got photobombed by my kiddo, ha!
We got these funny and memorable shots together instead! 🙂
We enjoyed our lunch there and when it got too windy to stay in one place, we decided to pack up and leave. We stopped by to take photos of our car; I could not help myself. The scenery was too good to pass up.
Since we were still hungry, we decided to stop by Eastwind Drive-In again for some food.
This time I got some mozzarella sticks, a smaller ice cream cone and a delicious hamburger. The food there is so worth it, I might make a trip there next summer.
This road trip was so fun, and even though my son kept complaining that it was too far, he enjoyed himself there and kept telling people all about it when we came back home. I’m glad we are making memories as a family, hopefully ones that will stay with my little one for a long time.
Have you ever visited the real Stonehenge?
Find me on social media: