Friday, August 17, 2012

Fort Clatsop and Cannon Beach

After we went to Cape Disappointment, we headed to Fort Clatsop National Memorial.  It was really cool!  There was a replica of the original fort.  Fort Clatsop was the winter encampment for the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1805 to March 1806. 

Taylor at Fort Clatsop

After we looked around at Fort Clatsop, we went to Cannon Beach to visit Ecola State Park! That place is so beautiful! We loved everything there! We walked on some trails and enjoyed amazing views. We even saw an adorable little rabbit! We also saw Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.  Then we walked around on Indian Beach which was, of course, gorgeous.  There were quite a few people surfing there!

view from Tillamook HeadTaylor at Ecola State ParkTillamook Rock Lighthousecute little rabbit at Ecola State ParkTillamook Rock LighthouseBrooke on Indian Beach

We went over to Tolovana Beach to watch the sunset.  It was such a wonderful evening!  The sunset was so beautiful and the weather was so nice!  There were lots of birds swarming around Haystack Rock, which was fun to watch.  Oh, and Haystack Rock is supposedly the third largest monolith in the world!  It’s also a protected Marine Garden.

sunset on Tolovana Beachbirds swarming around Haystack Rock

That night we stayed in Tillamook and then had a really fun day the next day which we will write about later!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cape Disappointment

Last week, we went on an awesome trip to the Oregon coast!  We had so much fun.  We started at the very most southwest corner of Washington to go to Cape Disappointment.  Members of the Lewis and Clark expedition reached Cape Disappointment after trekking about 3,000 miles!  We walked along a beach area and saw lots of seagulls, dead crabs, and pretty ocean waves.

We walked up to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse too. It is the oldest lighthouse still in use on the West Coast! It was built in 1856 to help prevent shipwrecks on the Columbia River bar.

There were also some really interesting ruins of Battery Harvey Allen, a bunker that housed three gun emplacements. The battery was built at Fort Canby in 1904-1905 then was transferred to the Army in 1906.

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After we left Cape Disappointment State Park, we drove through Astoria and Warrenton, then went on to visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Ecola State Park, and Tolovana Beach that day.  We’ll have to write about those later!