“Ocian in view! O! The joy!”

William Clark was overjoyed at the sight of the Pacific Ocean after traveling for over a year across the unknown territory of the Louisiana Purchase and then to Oregon country. The joy that he expressed in his notes that November day is perhaps the most famous quote of the Lewis and Clark expedition. In fact … Continue reading “Ocian in view! O! The joy!”

The Columbia River – Astoria, Oregon

Celia and I made our way from Tillamook, Oregon to the northwestern point of the state near the town of Astoria. The town is the site of the oldest city on the west coast and is the first American settlement west of the Rockies. It was also a winter home for the Corps of Discovery … Continue reading The Columbia River – Astoria, Oregon

Tillamook, Oregon Part II

While Tillamook is an interesting town, there are a lot of beautiful areas in close proximity to it. We discovered waterfalls, quiet (and not so quiet) beaches, lighthouses, and scenic highways within an hour’s drive of our campsite. Munson Creek Falls, named for an early 19th century explorer and pioneer, was just a few miles … Continue reading Tillamook, Oregon Part II