Wedding Trains, Planes, Boats, and Automobiles – Portland, Oregon

After a wonderful visit along the Oregon Coast we made our way to the city of Portland for an extended stay. Our youngest daughter lives in the “City of Roses” and we try to stay here for a while each year. August is a great time to be in Portland. The weather is very nice … Continue reading Wedding Trains, Planes, Boats, and Automobiles – Portland, Oregon

The First City of the West – Astoria, Oregon

We had been in the Astoria area for three days but had not really visited the city itself. Celia and I headed into town and went to one of the main attractions, the Columbia River Maritime Museum. We felt really lucky that it was open and available to visit although there were some Covid-19 restrictions. … Continue reading The First City of the West – Astoria, Oregon

“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