Sunday, July 19, 2009

Journey's End for Lewis and Clark

After 4,000 miles Lewis, Clark, and the Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific Ocean.  Our journey today took us to Fort Clatsop.  This was the site where Lewis and Clark and their party wintered in 1805 before the arduous journey back across the continent.
Landing spot on the Lewis and Clark River
After touring the small museum and the replica of Fort Clatsop, we continued north along US 101 crossing the Columbia River on the Astoria Bridge.  Lewis and Clark, et al, actually landed on the north shore of the Columbia in what is now Washington.  There are several Lewis and Clark points of interest in the vicinity, but since our time was limited we went to Cape Disappointment and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

This was a very nice interactive museum outlining the entire journey with an emphasis on the Columbia River segment.  We could have spent considerably more time there, but with the long drive back to Portland, we had to tear ourselves away.
Cape Disappointment lighthouse

North Head light

View from North Head Light

Tomorrow we are going to hike.  We need to give our legs a stretch after the 5 hours in the truck today.

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