the Erratic Rock
got stoned with Canadians
woke up in Oregon
This 36-ton Canadian rock sits on the top of a short hill in Yamhill County, Oregon. It was carried here, likely encased in glacial ice, during the pre-historic Missoula floods. There’s a very brief hike to get to it, long enough for your kids to think there might be something other than a rock to look at when you’ve arrived.
I adore the Erratic Rock, because the idea of a boulder acting unpredictably, even whimsically, is so delicious. I like to think it rebelled against its Canadian mountain parents and hitched a ride. “You guys don’t understand me! I’m different, I don’t want to hold up a mountain for the rest of my life!!”