“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

Exploring the People’s Coast

At the last minute, as we were getting ready to leave the beautiful Cascade Mountains, we decided to head toward the Oregon coast. It is something that Celia and I had always wanted to do but we had only managed to take a few day trips from Portland in the past. The Oregon Coast is … Continue reading Exploring the People’s Coast

This is why you come to Oregon

Oregon is one of our favorite places to visit. It is a surprisingly geographically diverse state. There is the eastern high desert, the Columbia Gorge, the central Cascade Mountains, and the rocky coastal region. We have written about Central Oregon before including posts about Smith Rock State Park and the wonderful High Desert Museum. One … Continue reading This is why you come to Oregon

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon

John Day, the town, is about 80 miles southwest of Baker City. It is a small town perched beside the John Day River. The river flows north to the Columbia River and has the distinction of being the 3rd longest free flowing river in the contiguous U. S. We noticed that everything in the area … Continue reading John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon