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Sep 13, 2017 - Beach Study Day

September 13 – Beach Study Day This morning we walked north on the beach to the 190’ high, solid basalt cliff on which the North Lighthouse sits. The wind was less than 120 MPH so that the sand was stationary. The waves start crashing 100 yards out from the beach so the roar of the waves is continuous and can be heard at our campsite several hundred yards from the beach. We leave our bedroom windows open at night for the cool sea breeze and to listen to the waves. In the afternoon, we drove to the North Head Lighthouse to see it through...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Visit to Columbia River Interpretive Museum and a Beach Visit

September 12 – Visit to Columbia River Interpretive Museum and a Beach Visit This morning, we drove back across the Columbia River to Astoria to tour the Columbia River Interpretive Museum – a very well organized and informative presentation about the perilous conditions of the Coast Guard, the dangerous navigation at the mouth of the Columbia River, ship building, WWII naval information and salmon fishing and canning along the Columbia River. Included in the museum tour, was a talk with slides and videos about life on the lighthouse boat...

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May 7, 2016 - death and suffering

On a sunny day it is hard to imagine how many people have suffered and lost their lives in this treacherous area where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Some of the place names give a hint. We drove past Dismal Nitch to Cape Disappointment State Park. The park includes two lighthouses, the only spot on the coast so treacherous that it was necessary to build lighthouses within two miles of each other. Lewis and Clark spent a long uncomfortable winter here and many of the bummer place names were theirs. Cape Disappointment was named...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Cape Disappointment State Park

Our plans changed. We were looking at the week ahead and decided since it was the weekend we would just stay another night here is Astoria. The kids love it here. We also wanted to visit one more state park and take the kids to visit the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment which is actually about 12 miles from camp. It is across the river in Washington. Cape Disappointment is the location where Lewis and Clark succeeded in reaching the Pacific in 1805. It is where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. This is where the decision was made...

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Mar 29, 2014 - 10th District - Out to the Coast

We spent the night in Lacey. It is a 2-1/2 hour drive to Ilwaco, so it was get up early and hit the road. We had considerable rain much of the way but, surprisingly, ran into some sunshine for the remainder of the trip. The meeting went well, but took a bit longer than I thought it would. People were receptive to my speech and thanked me for being there. They always treat us so well. After the meeting, we refueled the car and headed for Port Townsend, a 3-1/2 hour drive. We hit a stretch of VERY heavy rain and hail on a narrow two land...

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Oct 23, 2013 - Law and Order Dinner in Ilwaco

This morning, we got up early, loaded up the car and headed out to Ilwaco (mouth of the Columbia River. It was a lovely drive, arriving at 3:30 PM after a 6 hour drive. The dinner is a large annual event. They honor Police, Firemen and Coast Guard members. Traditionally, the Legion Commander is the keynote speaker. I spoke pretty much off the top of my head. The speech was very well received, some saying it was the best speech they have ever heard at this dinner. Even the politicians were impressed. Maybe I should have written it down for...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Cape Disappointment

Thursday Mike is itching to get over that humongous bridge that takes us to Washington. So we get going and travel through the small coastal towns of Chinook, Ilwaco, Seaview and Long Beach. Just outside of Ilwaco is yet another great state park called Cape Disappointment. In 1788, while in search of the Columbia River, English Captain John Meares missed the passage over the river bar and named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment for his failure in finding the river. It is anything but disappointing to those who are blessed to see it...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Lloyd & Doris

In our travels over almost 5 years, we have met 100s of people, lots have become friends and acquaintances and in this group some have become very close friends. Lloyd and Doris are among the latter. They are from Prescott, AZ and from the get-go we would get together each evening and share stories and adult beverages. It was very sad to leave them as we travel north and they traveled back to their home in Prescott.

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Aug 17, 2013 - Last days in ilwaco and Long Beach

We went back to ilWaco to the Saturday Farmer's Market, we saw some older homes in town, the various pieces of artwork, wonderful flowers and a vendor that was fighting Dog Nudity - ;-). We then drove to Long Beach to see a "Beached Whale exhibit", unfortunately vandals have taken about half of the bones, a federal offense. Since the Long Beach International kite festival starts the day we leave for Ocean Shores, we went down to the area of the festival and saw a participant practicing with his kites.

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Aug 15, 2013 - Cape Disappointment / Fort Canby

The lighthouse is still active as is the other protecting ships on Cape Disappointment, the other being North Head. There are two competing views how Cape Disappointment was named - One account has it that the cape was named on April 12, 1788 by British fur trader John Meares who was sailing south from Nootka in search of trade. After a storm, he turned his ship around just north of the Cape and therefore just missed the discovery of the Columbia River. The other, the cape may have been named in November of 1805 by a member of the Lewis &...

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Aug 6, 2013 - Long Beach TT - Beach

We walked to the beach, the day was partly cloudy and the beach is about 200 yards away from our RV site. Beautiful, lots of sand and cars driving along the beach. there is also a paved pathway between Cape Disappointment and Long Beach which is about 8 miles long.

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Aug 5, 2013 - Long Beach Thousand Trails (TT), Ilwaco, Washington

After driving from Seaside Oregon to ILWaco and parking our 5th wheel, we drove down to the ILWaco waterfront to have lunch at Ole Boys Seafood we had crab cakes and walked the waterfront. We stopped at Jessie's Fishmarket to get some fresh King Salmon, Halibut; there isn't anything like freshly caught fish.

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