Woke up this morning and got an early start on the day. Time to say goodbye to Cape Lookout State Park. It was really noisy in the campground both nights. First off we went into Tillamook and did laundry. The laundrymat was clean, well maintained and a pleasure to use! Then we hit the Tillamook Cheese Center for the self-guided tour and some cheese samples.
After the cheese we headed North toward Astoria and our stop for the night Fort Stevens State Park. Our first stop was Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark spent the Winter. It was cool, very small. Very interesting. The docent in the officer’s room was knowledgeable and personable. Crystal tried her hand at writing with the quill pen. Later, in Warrenton we found some wild caught shrimp at Costco and made some yummy shrimp and broccoli salad for dinner. The campground at Fort Stevens is nice! Lots of families, happy noises, comfortable!
In the evening after dinner, we went up to the Northern tip of the park, climbed this observation platform and looked across the mouth of the Columbia River. There were swallows nesting all along the underside of the platform. We walked underneath and looked and there were a couple of dozen nests, most had little heads sticking out waiting for the parent to bring dinner.
Then we went to the beach to see the wreck of the Peter Iredale, and one of thousands it says that wrecked in the treacherous waters at the mouth of the Columbia River. As we were getting back into the car, Crystal says “Is that real?”, I looked at her and asked, “Uh what?” She pointed and I looked and thought it might be fake too. . .Then it turned its head. I was soooo excited! I got out the binoculars and we watched it for five minutes or so. A very cool way to end a very cool day!