Our Labor Day weekend included a trip to Bordeaux, Washington – ghost town remnants of what was a logging town from the 1890s to early 1940s. I was really excited to go – our trip to Melmont a few years ago was a lot of fun, and what I’d seen online promised far more in the way of remnants and ruins than remained at Melmont. We had a bit of trouble finding the trail at first – I’m not sure how we managed to drive past the graffiti-covered cement vault used as a marker twice, but we got there!
Trip reports I’d read from the Washington Trails Association website mentioned bugs and nettles as concerns in the area, and while we didn’t encounter much in the way of bugs on the cool, overcast day, I was very thankful I was wearing long pants with gaiters for extra protection, and long sleeves – there were nettles everywhere! I’m sure I made quite the fashion statement, but I got out of our adventure bug-bite- and nettle-sting-free. I took my DSLR on this trip, and took pictures of everything. Not all of the photos turned out very well, but there’s the beauty of digital photography – I was able to take so many that the ones that didn’t turn out didn’t matter much! As always, you can click on the photos to view them full-sized.
Reading about the area and seeing old photos online of the town, it’s odd to think that it was very unlikely that any of the trees we were walking between were more than 75 years old. I hope we can check out more of the ghost towns in the area, and I hope we can get back to Melmont sometime soon to check out the area that it seems that we missed a few years ago when we were there!