Posted by: ramblinmanjimj | June 15, 2009

A Lewis & Clark Day

Eight entries ago I reported that Mary and I visited Fort Clatsop in Oregon where Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805-06. Prior to that they explored the northern shore on the now State of Washington side of the Columbia River. Yesterday Mary and I explored some of that area.

Lewis & Clark’s Discovery Expedition along the northern shore of the Columbia River nearing the Pacific Ocean in November, 1805. Photo taken from a State of Washington road sign.

The first stop overlooked Beard’s Hollow.

Overlooking Beard’s Hollow where Captain William Clark first walked upon the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Then we headed for the North Head Lighthouse which has nothing to do with Lewis & Clark, but is long associated with the Columbia River and the “Graveyard of the Pacific” and some of the most spectacular scenery on the Washington Coast.

Wild Foxglove Flowers growing along the trail to the North Head Lighthouse.
Almost there!
Looking straight down from the top of the North Head Lighthouse.
Looking North from the lighthouse. Beyond the hill is the beach that we walked on the day before.
Looking South from the lighthouse. In the distance can be seen the North Jetty of the Columbia River and beyond that the North Shore of Oregon.
A photograph of a photograph of the North Head Lighthouse taken by someone else from a different location.

After visiting the lighthouse we went to the Port of Ilwaco and had a delicious lunch at the Porthole Cafe. Then to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum right on Clark’s path. Here’s a link:

Then along the north shore of the Columbia River to Fort Columbia…


Here’s a link:

Then on to Lewis and Clark’s Station Camp where they first sighted the Pacific Ocean and made the decision to winter on the south side of the Columbia River.

Station Camp today. Photo from Fort Columbia Website.

Then on to Dismal Nitch where they were held for six days in a terrible Northwest storm.

Dismal Nitch today. Photo from Fort Columbia Website.

Click the Fort Columbia link for lots more details about the history of Station Camp and Dismal Nitch.

All in all, we enjoyed a really great day exploring this historic area.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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