POD – Trojan and Rainier

Even before I ever visited Oregon, I knew the tale of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.  It was built in Oregon – right on the Columbia River – near a fault line & with reports it was unsafe to operate (reports from the staff scientists, I should add).  After huge public pressure (including a clever campaign “Leaky Trojans lead to accidents”), it was shut down in 1992.  In 2005, the reactor was removed. In 2006, they demolished the cooling tower.

Now the site which used to play host to this plant is now a park.  I think it was a park before, but it now more of one.  There is also a pretty challenging disc golf course on there – complete with water hazards and a flock of geese who chase the disc golfers in hopes of getting food.

Indigo and I went out there on our way to Rainier, Oregon.  Why? We were bored – and I wanted a neat place to take pictures.  G was also hoping someone would get bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into a super hero.

I want a picnic overlooking the former power plant. While this view is gorgeous, if I had turned around all you would have seen was power lines coming into the plant.  
Rainier, Oregon proved to be a bit more interesting.
What it’s like to be across the river from a paper mill.
Geese flying to escape the noisy-one – Indigo.
Snowy Egret standing in a marsh. Would have had one of a blue heron too, but my partner-in-crime Indigo decided to get out of the car that I had stopped in the middle of the road.  I scared it away with my yelling at her.  Guess the ‘mom voice’ worked on the bird too.
Stairs to nowhere.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. That is a beautiful park. It must be weird to be playing there though, with its history.

  2. Hubman says:

    There’s a nuclear plant on Long Island similar to that. Shoreham was built in the early 80s but due to environmental and safety concerns, it’s never generated more power than is needed to be self-sufficient. They should just tear it down, like Trojan was.

    I really like the pic of the geese escaping Indigo!

  3. Joker_SATX says:

    Great pics, did anyone check for a bunch of 4 leaf clovers in that park?

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