Recreational use out on the Delta
- I asked my friend and long-time riding partner Valerie (now in CA) about riding out on the Delta "back when". She and I used to ride there in the late '80's and early '90's. This was before the Forest Service Involvement. There were few other recreational users at the time - some riders and a few people hiking. We all had dogs with us. Don Swan was quite a character - had a beat up old stock truck he hauled his horses around in. He had a reputation for riding in difficult places (like the Gorge trails) and he used to swim his horses out into the Columbia and to the sand bars there. And, he was one of the very early members of Oregon Equestrian Trails.So here's a little historical view from 25 years ago for those more recently come to the Delta.Bonnie Stockman
I remember first riding on the Sandy River Delta with Don Swan in the mid-80s when few others would ride with him .though I didnt follow him in to the river. At that time, cattle grazed the reed canary grass, thistles and blackberry vines down. The whole Delta was wide open with mown pastures. During the ten years I rode there off and on, the cattle were taken off and the vegetation grew up. Re-forestation plantings went in 8+/- years ago ..I would expect those areas are very brushy now. I distinctly remember riding the sandy beach along the Columbia and wondering about what the rare water-cress plant looked like. I didnt want the horses to trample a rare plant. All the plants were ate down to sand by geese so we made a good canter on the way back.