A Shipwreck in the Woods?
All or most of us have seen the movie The Goonies. Set in Astoria, Oregon in the 80’s, this most classic of a tale centers on some kids stumbling into an underground cave system and ocean grotto complete with a criminal enterprise, a pirate ship and treasure. Well, I’m here to say that not at all far from Astoria, in fact just over the Columbia River into Washington, we found a very old shipwreck up in the woods, above the beach. Complete with our kids in-tow, we heard about this mysterious wreck from a neighboring camper who’d heard about it from a local. Instructions…head north at Cape Disappointment, as far as you can go on Benson Beach, find an area marked on the map called “Deadman’s Hollow (it’s on Google Earth, see below), find the trail on the left side of the large, protruding rocks…and follow it. You will have to navigate through some pretty rough driftwood to find the trail area. Up there, high above the beach, is a shipwreck, lodged there long, long ago by what must have been a giant storm.
Well, after camping at Cape Disappointment for 3 days…we heard this tale and decided, as a group, to explore this mystery on the last day, after packing up. So, we did just that. Below is the journey, chronicled via iPhone. What we found was indeed amazing.
Details on Cape Disappointment State Park
https://parks.state.wa.us/486/Cape-Disappointment is one of the best places to camp in the NW. Set right on the beach, a number of tent campsites make up this great location that has no development on the shoreline (except for two lighthouses). The beach is totally natural. No houses, no businesses…just like it was 100’s of years ago. Just like it was when the mystery ship spread its wreckage into Deadman’s Hollow! Here is a link to the park. Be sure to book your camping sites early as they go very, very fast!