Discovering Larwood Bridge and Park
Tuesday 6 December 2016 — Category: Outings
It is intriguing how life sometimes takes an unexpected turn. Last week my wife was sick, so I had to drive my daughter to her weekly homeschool co-op class. I had about an hour and a half to kill, so I decided to drive around and explore a nearby part of Linn County. I headed north on Oregon Route 226 and then east on Fish Hatchery Road.
About six miles down that road I came to Larwood Wayside Park, between Scio and Lacomb, about 18 miles east of Albany (where I live). This five-acre county park is situated where the Roaring River empties into Crabtree Creek. Spanning the creek is the lovely covered Larwood Bridge, built in 1939. It is interesting to note that even though the Roaring River is called a river, it is actually the smaller of the two. Crabtree Creek is much larger, despite its smaller-sounding name. Just to the north of the bridge is an island which divides Crabtree Creek temporarily into two branches. At first I thought that there were three creeks merging at this location. Consulting a map helped clear things up.
Fortunately there was a break in the rain during my brief fifteen-minute visit, so I was able to indulge in some photography. I took about 30 pictures from many different angles. The best 12 — including the twelve-photo panorama above — are now available for viewing in the new Larwood Bridge and Park 2016 album. It is amazing how my wife’s sickness turned into a photographic blessing!