Cape Disappointment & Lighthouse - It is here that L&C finally reach their goal, the Pacific Ocean. The Interpretive Center presents their story, offering exhibits and artifacts. From the Interpretive Center, we'll take the short (less than mile) trail through lush forest to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Half the trail is in dense forest, and we'll feel like William Clark, who explored this headland.
Fort Clatsop Re-creation - The expedition made their winter camp at Fort Clatsop, named after the Clatsop Indians living in the area. It took about three weeks to build Fort Clatsop, with an exterior 50 ft wooden wall and gate, inside seven small cabins and open space down the middle. The Corps, 33 adults, plus one baby, lived in these cramped quarters all winter. We'll sit in a bunk bed and imagine fleas biting all night, rain drumming on the roof … The Clatsop came to the fort every day, bringing food and things to trade. Lewis describes the Clatsop clothing (sea otter capes, cedar bark hats, seashell necklaces) and incredible skills as fishermen and woodworkers, constructing beautiful dugout canoes and wooden long houses...It’s just a short distance down the Netul River Trail to the Canoe Landing, where Lewis and Clark arrived in December 1805 to set up the fort. At the landing are replicas of the dugout canoes.
Seaside SaltWorks - In January & February 1806, the Corps camped at the ocean to make salt, needed to preserve food for the return journey. To make salt from sea water, the men built a stone oven, lit roaring hot fires, then boiled huge kettles of sea water day and night. When the water boiled away, the result was white sea salt, which was packed into wooden kegs. In Seaside is a small re-creation of the Saltworks, a stone oven and kettles for boiling sea water.
Ecola SP, Cannon Beach Les Shirley Park & Whale Park (All important L&C sites)
*You will visit most or all of these sites, as time permits.