04-29-2013

04-29-2013

For those of you still hanging around this website, here are some beach and sunset photos that I took today.  ...
After 28 days, it is over.

After 28 days, it is over.

The Pacific was the destination assigned by President Jefferson and The Corps succeeded.   So many months, and days, and miles, and troubles, and struggles and yet it is sad that it is over. That pretty well describes the feelings of Captains Lewis and Clark; and...
04-27-2013

04-27-2013

Cold, windy, and rainy; just as described in all their journals.   The Oregon coast lived up to their descriptions in all aspects. A beautiful coast for sure, but cold and damp all day.   As the one sign says, “The end of the Lewis and Clark...
04-26-2013

04-26-2013

“Ocian in view ! O! the joy”   Everyone was thrilled to learn that they actually made it to the Pacific Ocean as directed by President Jefferson.   BUT, the last several days were not easy, in fact they were miserable but they made it.  ...
Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop

A fort, hastily built to survive the cold, wet winter of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.   Arriving in mid-November, the fort had to be built quickly to assist in their survival for the winter. The fort is much smaller than I expected, but it obviously...
04-25-2013

04-25-2013

I didn’t cover many miles, but I did stay right on the river all day and saw some amazing sights.   A few mountain streams and a departing view of Mt. Hood, which I think is one of my favorite places so far.   Daily data:   Beginning odometer at...
Columbia River Locks and Dams

Columbia River Locks and Dams

Water level control, power production, transportation support and fish management; at the highest level.   Very impressive operations. Although Lewis and Clark didn’t have to deal with them, the river is more navigable and the salmon are thriving.  ...
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls

Surprisingly beautiful waterfalls  Reminds me of some I saw in Hawaii.   The walls of the gorge are steep and rocky with very thick greenery so it should not be a surprise that springs and snow melt would produce some pretty grand waterfalls.   Horsetail...
Mt. Hood Oregon

Mt. Hood Oregon

Mt. Hood had little to do with the Corps of Discovery journey, but they did see it and include it in their diaries as a major landmark.    Its snow covered, pointed top is visible for more than 50 miles on the Columbia River. As you approach, mile by mile, it...
Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River and the gorge it has created is the border between Oregon and Washington for the most part.   Lewis and Clark were traveling pretty quickly on this part of their journey, but did run into difficulties with some of the rapids. Even though it was...
04-23-2013

04-23-2013

Today’s travels show the variety of scenery on the Washington/Oregon State lines.   A variety of terrains, vegetation and uses in just a relatively short distance. Some of the farm field photos make me think that their equipment must have seat belts and...
McNary Beach and Dam

McNary Beach and Dam

Of course this dam was not here when Lewis and Clark came through here, but it does give you an idea of how big the Columbia River really is.   N45.93126 W119.29973 Elevation 269 feet  ...
Hat Rock

Hat Rock

Why would the Corps of Discovery call this Hat Rock?   More than one of their journals made note of this landmark. It was obvious to them from the river and they saw it on both their westbound journey and when they returned on their eastbound trip.  ...
Snake River and Columbia River Confluence

Snake River and Columbia River Confluence

Finally, they saw the Columbia River.   The whole Corps was excited to finally get on the Columbia River because it was “all down hill from here”. Traveling downstream was so much faster than what they had been doing, it seemed almost effortless....
Patit Creek Campsite

Patit Creek Campsite

View both the campsite and all the players here.   This campsite includes a pretty complete set of iron cutouts representing the people and activities of the campsite. Very interesting and well done.   N46.34586 W117.93604 Elevation 1761 feet  ...
Palouse Falls, Washington

Palouse Falls, Washington

One of the most beautiful water falls in all of Washington.   These falls are the only remaining major falls created by glacial floods 15,000 years ago. The Ranger related that the water is not always that muddy. The color is due to a heavy rain just the day...