John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Lewis and Clark National Historic Site

Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce

Fort Clatsop National Monument

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop

Another Rainy Day!

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop

Lewis and Clark Highway

Salt Works

Salt Works

Salt Works

Salt Works

Columbia Beach

Peter Iredale Wreck

Peter Iredale Wreck

Here Come The Waves

Driftwood Heaven


We are in Oregon. The forecast is partly cloudy. We head to Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. The park is not far from Hammond. A replica of Fort Clatsop is here.

The Corps of Discovery remained at Fort Clatsop from December 7, 1805 to March 23, 1806. During that time, Clatsop Indians came to the fort almost daily to visit and trade.

Of the 106 days the explorers spent at the fort, it rained all but 12. The men hunted elk and deer. The Indians for trade brought Root foods to the fort. Due to the rain, the men stayed indoors and prepared for their trip back.

At the fort, we see exhibits. The movie about Lewis and Clark is from the Indian point of view. It is well done. We visit the fort. The Sitka Spruce trees we see walking to the fort impress us.

From the fort, we drive Lewis and Clark Highway, which follows Lewis and Clark River. We pass Lewis and Clark School, Lewis and Clark Bible Church, Lewis and Clark Cemetery and the Lewis and Clark Fire Station.

Lewis and Clark Highway is a winding road. At first, we see homes and then forests. It is raining.

We arrive in Seaside. It is a beach community. There are many stores, rentals units and restaurants. The town is larger than I expect. The Salt Works are here.

Three of the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition were directed to “proceed to the Ocean [and] at Some Convenient place form a Camp and Commence makeing Salt with 5 of the largest Kittles . . .” The convenient place was in what is now Seaside.

There are signs leading us to the Salt Works. We turn down a side street. There it is. In the midst of a beach block, surrounded by modern rental units is the reconstructed site that commemorates the expedition’s salt-making activities. I jump out of the RV. I take a couple of pictures. We move on.

Back at Hammond, we go again to Fort Stephens State Park. We follow the signs to the Peter Iredale wreck. We walk on the beach. I am surprised at how many people are here. It is in the 50’s. However, it is not raining!

I take pictures as John looks for driftwood. I get a little too close to the wreck and one of the waves gets me. I should know better. I look up the beach. John is laughing and shaking his head. I hope that my sneakers dry by tomorrow.

Back at the RV Park, we take our afternoon bike ride. We also prepare for tomorrow. Rain or shine, tomorrow we head down the coast! The woman at the Historic Site told us: “We’re from Oregon. We don’t tan. We rust!”

Campground: Astoria KOA

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