Forest Park rest area laden with folklore

Could it be I found some inspiration again?

Underworld Press

Here’s the published version of my most recent article which I approached as a column: Hiking to Witch’s Castle in Portland.

Here’s what I turned in, uncut:

A simple hike turns into quest for origin of structure’s moniker, Witch’s Castle

No Lovecraftian tentacles peered out from the shadows as I had expected — well, hoped — except the random gnarled root sticking out from the pale, muddied earth, obstructing the trail, mocking me.

Allegedly, this part of Forest Park in Northwest Portland, Macleay Park, is home to nightly haunting. A blood-soaked dispute between the Balch and Stump families, who lived in the park area, resulted in two deaths, according to the Portland Parks and Recreation website.

None of the official history suggests anything witchy to denote the nickname Witch’s Castle, a rest area where the Lower Macleay Trail meets the Wildwood Trail, almost a mile from the Macleay Park…

View original post 1,031 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s