You may have noticed that Smith Rock State Park is well-loved these days. In the past five years, day use visitation increased from 450,000 to about 700,000. While spring and fall have always been favorite times for climbers, summer has typically been high season.
Artist and rock climber Meg Kahnle has a dream of making a difference in the world, starting with Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. Meg sought to create a community-based piece to auction online and then donate the funds from the sale toward maintenance of the park she so dearly loves.
Heavy downpours with flooding have been the norm at the park for the past few days, coming all at once in buckets with lots of wind. While most of the trails dried out in-between storms from their sandy composition, in several sections high water took out the River Trail on the west side completely.
Yep, it's true. Citations are up in the park, as rangers start to enforce the existing State of Oregon rules for both animals off leash and parking. Pets have to be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times and attended when tied to any trees, fences, rocks or any other object. (And just a reminder, their owners are required to clean up after them.)
While it's tough to tell on the Smithsonian Channel's site just exactly when this segment on Climbing Monkey Face was produced, it's probably new to most of us.