2019 Sandy & Bill's West Coast Adventure travel blog

Cape Mears Lighthouse

Exterior of Lewis & Clark's Fort Clatsop

Sandy wandering inside Fort Clatsop

Bedroom in Fort Clatsop

Painting of Lewis & Clark meeting Flathead Native Americans

Blue Heron Cheese company's shop interior

Blue Heron pheasant

Blue Heron - Up close & personal with a turkey

Sandy with a friendly octopus at the Blue Heron

Astoria Column

Part of Astoria Column's frieze showing Jefferson, Lewis, & Clark

Columbia River from Astoria Column


Our adventure took us back down the Oregon coast to the Cape Mears area where we saw the Cape Mears Lighthouse, the shortest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. A picture of the lighthouse is included in this update.

Returning through Tillamook, we stopped at a second cheese producer called Blue Heron, which is a family run business. This is a much smaller concern than the Tillamook Creamery, but has a "homier" type feeling. One can sample their excellent Brie cheeses, some delicious preserves (such a Raspberry or Huckleberry), and even some wines they produce. Pictures are included of the interior of their shop, along with Sandy and a friendly octopus, a pheasant wandering in their outdoor area, and my (favorite) an up close & personal photo with a turkey. I managed to hand feed the turkey and a duck, with the duck being a more sloppy eater than the turkey.

We also journeyed up to the town of Astoria, which is largely about as far north on the Oregon coast as you can get. Here we visited the winter quarters of Lewis & Clark where they prepared for their return to St. Louis after attaining the Pacific coast. They mingled and befriended the Clatsop Native American tribe, for whom the fort is so named. From December 1805 to March 1806, they took shelter in the fort they built. Pictures of the exterior of the small fort, one of Sandy exploring the interior, a bedroom, a map of their routes through the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific and return, and a painting of Lewis & Clark meeting Flathead Native Americans are attached.

Our last stop was the Astoria Column, which was modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome. The column has a hand painted frieze depicting notable figures, such as Thomas Jefferson with Lewis & Clark. The Column was completed in 1926 by the Great Northern Railroad and Vincent Astor, great-grandson of John Jacob Astor who founded Astoria. The frieze on the column is hand painted and if unwound would stretch over 500 feet. Yours truly climbed the 164 spiral steps to assess first-hand the beauty of this area. I recommend this as a sight to visit and climb.

Tomorrow we head to the Timberline Lodge atop Mt. Hood, and since the mountain is over 14,000+ feet high, you can be sure we won't be doing wind sprints there. Thanks for reading.

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