For the first time since April 30 we are not staying in Washington State. Today we left the state and crossed the Columbia River at Astoria, OR. Before crossing over we stopped at “Dismal Nitch”, a cove along the lower Columbia River that was the Lewis and Clark Expedition's last campsite before sighting the Pacific Ocean. On November 10, 1805, a severe winter storm forced them off the river for six days. They eventually moved on to the mouth of the Columbia River to spend the winter at what is called Fort Clatsop. It was the last encampment for Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery before beginning their return journey east. It was cloudy and rainy today when we stopped and I can just imagine what it would have been like to be there in the cold, rain and wind over 200 years ago for the band of explorers that had nearly completed their journey of exploration of the lands of the Louisiana Purchase at the request of President Jefferson.
We crossed the bridge into Oregon after a brief stop on the bridge for a construction delay to arrive at Tillamook, OR. Tillamook is the cheese city as it’s economy revolves around dairy farming and the Tillamook County Creamery Association. They produce cheese, primarily cheddar, gourmet ice cream, and yogurt. Tillamook products seem to be be more common west of the Mississippi, but I have seen them sold in the east. We’ll probably stop at the factory for a tour and some samples since we’ll be in the area for several days. We are staying at the Tillamook Bay City RV Park just north of town on US 101. It a small, clean, family-owned park. While here, we’ll be driving inland to visit a friend who lives near Portland as well as photographing the