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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

April 19, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Huge rock right at home in Wedgwood

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Sketched April 15, 2014

It has its own entry on Yelp with a 4.5-star ranking, and reviews that describe it as the “definition of local flavor.”

But don’t expect anyone to serve you a meal when you check out this local attraction. The Wedgwood Rock is simply a giant “erratic boulder” from glacial times standing 19 feet above the ground in the middle of the tranquil neighborhood.

History goes that the “Lone Rock,” as it was once called, served as a gathering place for Native Americans when this land was a dense forest. Local mountaineers also used it to practice their rock-climbing skills decades ago, before the city enforced a climbing ban in 1970.

The day of my visit the sun shone through the trees while I sat on my portable stool to draw. I felt grateful for the developer who had the vision to preserve this mineral wonder instead of destroying it to make room for another home. The Wedgwood Rock sure gives us a real taste of the urban forest we live in. I’d give it 5 stars myself.

Comments | More in Nature | Topics: Ravenna, Wedgwood

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