|at the Fort Stevens Beach in Northwest Oregon|
|an old church is now a McMenamin's|
Oregon City, near the southern limits of Portland, was the first city west of the Rocky Mountains to be incorporated in 1844 and was the capital of the Oregon Territory until 1851. After risking the perils of the Oregon Trail on wagons, homesteading migrants from the East, had to file their land claims there.
|End of Oregon Trail|
In the early 1990s, three buildings that resemble covered wagons were built to house the historical artifacts of the End of the Oregon Trail. Although the weathered covering was removed years ago, the skeletal hoop frames remain as a stark reminder of the city’s historical role in the expansion of the US.
From Oregon City, we proceeded to Seaside, Oregon (population under 7,000), in the area that was the last stop of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which led to the doubling the size of the Union. WorldMark in Seaside, one of the state’s best waterfront locations, became our home for a week.
|American Kite Fliers' Association Annual Kite Festival|
Our other activities in this town included strolling on the Seaside Promenade, photos with Lewis and Clark at the famous Seaside Turnaround, playing around the expansive beach, shopping at the Carousel Mall and the Seaside Outlet Malls, and dining at the Boardwalk that had great beach views and more!
About 30 minutes away, Astoria (population almost 10,000) is at the mouth of the Columbia River on the Pacific Ocean. It holds the distinction of being the first permanent US settlement on the west coast and for having the first US post office west of the Rocky Mountains.
The 125 foot tall Astoria Column, a tower overlooking the mouth of Columbia River atop the 600-foot Coxcomb Hill, has a 164-step spiral staircase leading to an observation deck at the top. Its mural depicts 14 events in Oregon history, like the Trajan Column in Rome and the Place Vendôme Column in Paris.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition led to the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the Union. Their last stop the winter of 1805–1806 is preserved as the Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Later, together with the other spots the group explored, was turned into the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
|Fort Clatsop National Memorial|
Just 15 minutes away is Cannon Beach (population under 2,000) Clark completed a three-day journey to the site of a beached whale on the beach town to acquire blubber. He named the area Ecola but it was later redubbed Cannon Beach after a cannon from the US Navy schooner Shark washed ashore.
|Haystack Rock and the Needles|
Our week and a half in Northwestern Oregon were replete with friendship, fun, and photography with all the history, and scenery around. It was so worth three days of rain, four days of partly cloudy weather and drizzles, and two days of sun. Not surprising, it is part and parcel of life in the Pacific Northwest!