Aug. 21: Southern Washington into Oregon


I guess someone has some issues with his taxes.068

Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the town, but these “iron people” were up and down the road for miles.069

Women’s work is never done.071

This guy seems to be working hard, too.074

Notice the dog on the left?  I think he looks like a hound of some kind.077

We stopped at the visitors center in Long Beach, WA and Jerry found the perfect chair.  It combines his 2 favorite pass times.078

The nice folks at the visitors center told us how to get to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.  We are now heading to Ilwaco.


The center is a short walk up a beautiful, tree-lined path.080

Looks like we found it!087

It was a little difficult to take good photos inside because the surfaces were so shiny.  Lewis and Clark seem like interesting people.  Clark was the better diarist, but they all contributed to the wealth of information they brought back to Jefferson.  For some reason, Lewis died of an “apparent” suicide at around age 30.  I found that sad since he had already accomplished so much and could have done so much more.  I would like to read a good biography of him.  If anyone (Mary Lea???) knows of a good bio of Lewis, I’d like to hear about it.091

I have no idea how accurate this painting of Sacagawea is.  She bore a son, Jean Baptiste, along the way.  One of the party wrote that they gave her ground rattlesnake rattle to hurry the birth along.  And sure enough it was only about 10 minutes after they gave it to her that she “brought forth”.  095

I thought this was interesting because it mentions that they took Lewis’ dog, Seaman, along.  I looked, but could not find anything else about the dog.  It also mentions at the bottom that they took York, Clark’s slave, with them.   By all accounts, Clark treated him well, but for some reason, York did not gain his freedom until 1811, many years after the expedition.097

These are models of the different types of canoes or dugouts that they used.100

Some of the books they took along to help them identify plants and animals.101

This is a botany book they took.102

I wonder if Jerry could get a deer with this old rifle.103This outfit includes a fur cap and a deer skin jacket.104

This is fancier attire.  I am amazed by the size of the hat!  Jerry has a powder horn similar to the one shown here.110

On the top floor was a maritime museum.  Jerry is standing by an old lighthouse that was used in the area in the past.111

These are beautiful Japanese floats that are used inside fishing nets.  I love the jewel-like colors!113

The lighthouse currently being used.118

We’re crossing the bridge into Astoria, OR.  All these fishermen are after salmon!121

Coming into Astoria, OR.124126

A gorgeous view of the Oregon coast!129

Headed to cheese lovers’ paradise, Tillamook. 004

A foggy morning for a visit to the “cheese factory”.005

The schooner, Morning Star, was built in Tillamook in 1855.010

Fascinating cow facts, especially the part about 96 pounds at 1 day old!012

Dairy farmers work long, hard days, and they don’t take many vacations.  How would they get anyone to take over all this, even for a few days?017

I guess having 3 hands would help.019

The packaging room at the dairy.001

We also went by the Blue Heron Cheese Company.  They have a neat petting zoo, but I was told that no one wants to see pictures of chickens and goats and peacocks.  Oh, well.137

They had these cute stools made from old milk cans and tractor seats.  What a clever idea!132I don’t think just ONE bird picture would hurt anything, do you?142

And just ONE goat picture!139

And just ONE cow picture!140

And just ONE donkey.  Well, this just about wraps up Wednesday!!!   I’m still playing catch up, but will try to get everything up to date soon.

  1. Evelyn said:

    We watched a special on history channel and they said Clark made York go back to being just an ordinary dlave which didn’t please him after being treated as an equal. He even suffered beatings. Clark said he couldn’t do without him.

  2. mary lea wallace said:

    Aren’t those redwoods among the world’s most awesome living things? The definitive history of the Lewis and Clark
    expedition is “Undaunted Courage” by Ambrose. History that reads like a novel and can be used as a guide book. The
    promising new biography of Lewis is “Uncovering the Truth about Meriwether Lewis” by Danisi. Based on newly found
    facts. There are two children’s “biographies” about the expedition dog, Seaman, and at least one award-winning children’s biography about Clark’s faithful slave, York, who was an unsung hero of the expedition. All great stories.

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