Rachel Wilker has been going to the top of Misery Ridge on a yearly basis since her dad strapped her to his back via her baby backpack carrier. A ritual for her close-knit family, the Idaho vacationers would never pass up an opportunity to say hi to Monkey Face, face-to-face, at the top of Misery Ridge. Today the ritual changed up a bit.
Smith Rock State Park can be addicting to some. We suspect for new Park Manager Matt Davey that may be the case. When career opportunities took Davey away from his first stint at Smith Rock in 2015, he eventually worked his way back to Central Oregon, his happy place. First at Cove Palisades, and now back home at his dream job at Smith Rock.
About a month ago, Smith Rock State Park’s rangers took to some wheelchairs to see just how accessible the park is to those in different configurations of chairs and levels of assistance needed. We spoke with Ranger Nolan Ferdinand about what comes next.
Yesterday former Smith Rock Park Naturalist David Vick was able to check on the Prairie Falcon nest at First Kiss. He spent a couple of hours in the morning at the observation point again and never saw or heard any falcons.
Savannah Steele has more than a cool name. She has a penetrating smile that is the manifestation of her inner drive to make the world a better place. And we couldn’t be happier that she chose Smith Rock to continue her mission in her new position as Park Ranger Assistant.