If Nancy Russell was still alive today, looking out at Columbia River Gorge from her new viewpoint at Cape Horn would have given her chills.
More than 300 guests felt her presence during a dedication in her honor Saturday. The morning mist hitting their faces felt like tears of joy. And as each guest shared their story about Nancy, the fog lifted and everybody could see east for miles.
“If mom were here today, she would not be content with just this,” said her son Aubrey Russell. “She would be looking east, and wanting to establish those trail connections from Washougal to Stevenson.”
Russell shared a touching story with the crowd about the last time he brought his mother to the Cape Horn site, before she passed away in 2008.
“It looked much different here three years ago. There was all of this construction and the tearing down of the houses,” he said. “Mom looked across the sight where walls had once risen and blocked the view of the gorge and said ‘one day, this will be a public park. East, go east. There are too many hidden treasures between here and Stevenson that need to be discovered.'”