Warrenton, Oregon   1 comment

Day 41, Our last stop for the Lewis and Clark tour. How sad we began to feel as our trip was near ending. The drive was beautiful along the river where we got a glimpse Mt. Ranier and the backside of Mt. St. Helen.

Our campground has the most interesting tree I’ve ever seen. It looked like a Christmas tree,

but it had succulent-like thorns.

Day 42, We visited Fort Clatsop, where we saw a short film and toured a re-creation of the original Fort. Actually, it’s the third fort. The first one was the original, the second one was a recreation, which burned down, so this is the third one. Fort Clatsop is where the Lewis & Clark Expedition spent 4 “rainy” months preparing for their return home. Three sergeants and 24 men squeezed into three small enlisted men’s quarters. Lewis & Clark shared a room, Charbonneau, the interpreter, and his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea, and their baby shared a room. York, may have lived near Lewis & Clark.

The Maritime Museum is located in the quaint town of Astoria. We had a guided tour which was very informative on the ships of the area.

In the Maritime Museum, we found a plague of the shipbuilder of some of the older ships from England.

 

It was Wm. Hamilton & Co., Ship Builders, Port Glasgow. Since Bill’s family is from that area, we think we might be related. We’ll have to check on that.

I found an old advertisement to join the U.S. Navy. Apprentices 15-17 years old start at $9 per month and 18-25 start at $16 per month. Can you imagine?

I loved the light from the lighthouse.

And check out the engraved whale teeth below

In the gift shop, I found a great shirt!

We visited the Peter Iredale Shipwreck, the most photographed shipwreck.

 

The “Peter Iredale” was a four-masted steel barque  sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon  coast en route to the Columbia River. It was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton  about four miles south of the Columbia River channel. Wreckage is still visible, making it a popular tourist attraction as one of the most accessible shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Pacific.

Our last bus tour with the group was to Cape Disappointment

We found that Cape Disappointment was named because of Capt. Gray from England. He came to the area seeking the same things as Lewis and Clark, a river passage across the United States. But by the time he arrived in this area, his men were so sick with scurvy that he could not send them out in smaller boats to search for the passage. He had to leave the area without exploring. We also found that this is the most hazardous river entrances in the world because of the Columbia River Bar. “The Bar” is a shifting sandbar where strong currents and wind-born waves meet shallow water. “Shifting sand sinks ships” It is where the enormous, swift-moving river, flowing like water from a fire hose, collides with the immense power of the Pacific Ocean. The two forces slam into each other at the entrance of the river creating the worst wave conditions on the planet. It was amazing to see how the “Bar Captains” board the ships when they come into the area.

Cape Disappointment was the best way to end our trip, walking down the timeline of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. As we read, we could say, “We were there, we did that.”

Day 43 was a free day. We provided a great steak dinner. What a feast!

After dinner, everyone reported their most memorable and humorous memories of the trip. What a wonderful walk down memory lane! It’s fun to listen to everyone’s memories reminding us of all our experiences, some almost forgotten. I think the consensus was that the Jet Boat was everyone’s most favorite.

Day 44 was the last day of the tour where we gave our hugs and said our goodbyes at our hitch-up breakfast. It was so difficult to say goodbye to people we had such a wonderful time with for the past 43 days, but we can now say we have some new-found friends.

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  1. Glad you got to see some of Mt. St. Helens. The tree in your campground is a Monkey Tree. We have one in our yard and they can really poke you if you are not careful.

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