Day 2, Saturday, May 25, 2019
After visiting Seaside, we decided to head over to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. I have visited before, but Jeff and the kids had never been there.
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent the winter 1805-1806 here in this approximate location; they named their camp Fort Clatsop. When the expedition left the West Coast in the spring of 1806, they gave Fort Clatsop’s structures to the local Native Americans and the fort was eventually reclaimed by nature. A replica was built when the site was designated as a National Historical Park in 1958, but sadly it burned in 2006; a replacement was built in 2007. The replica is thought to be historically accurate, having been built from sketches and descriptions that Lewis drew in his journals.
We checked out the museum in the Visitor’s Center, with its artifacts. Beaver hats and pelts, a Coastal tribe canoe, grasses and foods that the Native Americans in the area used, as well as historic muskets and examples of clothing that the expedition members would have worn. It is always interesting to revisit a place. We also checked out Fort Clatsop, and the kids enjoyed exploring it. There wasn’t much space for 30 people to spend a cold, rainy winter! Jeff and I enjoyed wandering and following after the kids, relaxing and reading the signs.
The kids did the Junior Ranger program and got their badges; just in the nick of time too, because it started raining pretty hard! I didn’t really take many photos since I had visited there before, and apparently I was more into taking selfies! For more about the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, see my previous post.
That afternoon we went to the Fort George Brewery for pizza and some beer; while we were waiting for a table we checked out some of the nearby shops in downtown Astoria. The pizza was delicious, and everybody was happy! Jeff and I tried a couple different beers, it was nice to do some sampling and see what we liked.
Nearby to Fort George Brewery is the Reveille Ciderworks; one day I’ll visit there and try their ciders! It just wasn’t in the cards that day because the kids were more interested in pizza than some of the “weird food” they have at food trucks. Traveling with kids is a change of scenery for me! That said, I was still able to get a couple of oyster shooters at Fort George – nobody else wanted any – it was so strange because they are so delicious!