Wednesday, October 29, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Vernonia Lake

• thirty-one day challenge •
{DAY 29} 
Portland Area

About an hour outside of Portland is the small town of Vernonia. It is located in the upper Nehalem valley. In 2007 flooding caused many millions of dollars in damages to the schools, hundreds of homes & community buildings. FEMA stepped in to help, but it still took a couple years to get the city back and better than ever.

Logging is a big part of the community. Mike Pihl from the reality show Ax Men is from this area.

Vernonia's other claim to fame is that many Twilight scenes were filmed throughout the city.

Entering Vernonia

Small town feel

Rock Creek Bridge
At the beginning of the movie Twilight there is a shot Bella's dad, Charlie, driving over this bridge. The police station that Charlie worked at was filmed at a credit union building in town.
The Cullen's house was filmed at a home in Portland. And, Bella & Charlie's house is in St. Helens.

Mill Pond to Fishing Hole

What once held logs is now a fishing hole with Bass, Perch, Bluegill & Rainbow Trout.

Remnants of the mill pond are still evident.

Fishing from the dock.

Pebble Creek
Along the south side of the lake is Pebble Creek. In the fall many salmon spawn here. It is hard to tell, but that pointy thing in the water is a salmon's tail and in front of that is its dorsal fin.

Banks - Vernonia Trail
The Banks-Vernonia State Trail begins/ends at Vernonia Lake. 21 miles of what used to be railroad tracks are now hiking & biking trails through a beautiful forested area.

Oregon American Mill Fuel House
My favorite place to visit at the lake is this old cement building. It is a hidden gem. It was once the fuel house of the Oregon American Lumber Company.

All that is left from the building are items made from cement. The floor is dirt & littered with leaves. Trees & ferns grow in the dirt. Graffiti covers the walls. Overall, I'm not a fan of graffiti. But, it certainly adds to the cool factor of this long forgotten building.

You do have to watch out for the occasional 4 letter word or naughty drawing, but for the most part the graffiti is not offensive.

The cross at the left of this photo was painted for a wedding being held in the building.

One time we visited, a group of people were setting up for a wedding. Ironically enough, one of the ladies setting up was my lactation nurse with Capt. N.

Looking up

Fabulous Photo Shoot Location
It's a fun & different place to take pics.

One year, we did beginning of the school year photos here.

Senior Pictures
Just a couple weeks ago, I took senior pictures of my friends daughter in and outside of the building. I remember when she was born. Wowzers, how time flies!

She is very involved in FFA.  Click here if you are interested in seeing a couple pics I took of her in her FFA clothes & with her 4 legged friends.

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