We had a nice Sunday drive today to Fort Stevens State Park. You can drive right on the beach and it was fantastic. We took sandwiches and had a nice picnic and just enjoyed this beautiful park and beach. We have to go back for more later because we missed a ton of the park, it is huge! We are absolutely in love with the Northwest. There is so much to see and do here a month will not be enough. We are already planning to come back for more.
Fort Stevens State Park is Oregon's largest campground and one of its loveliest parks. Visitors can enjoy miles and miles of clean ocean beaches, the wreck of the "Peter Iredale", Coffenbury lake, picnic facilities, nature trails, boating, camping, biking, horseback riding, and swimming. The campground is open year-around with 600 campsites. We saw a lot of people riding horses on the beach and I tried to snap a few pictures. We saw so many weird looking jellyfish all over the beach. I have never seen any that are as huge as these. We did our best not to run over any of them but they were all over the beach. Some of the waves were so high it made me think of how awful a Tsunami would be at the moment. :-)
We were lucky and got a good view of the "Peter Iredale". You can only see it when the tide is out and it was way out today. The Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. It was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles south of the Columbia River channel. Wreckage is still visible, making it a popular tourist attraction as one of the most accessible shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Pacific. It was an awesome site to see!!! One of my favorite pictures today was of the old ship with huge waves as a background with mists of water over the top of them. This is another one of those pictures I wish my sister Betty and her husband Gene could see and paint. They would love it!!! Gene's birthday is coming up on the 28th so we want to also say a big.....Happy Birthday Gene!!!
After we left the beach we went to see the Columbia River and it was fast moving and had lots of white caps. The wind was at least 30 MPH. It was hard to stand and get the pictures but I managed a few. Please remember to check back for the pictures. I am having to add them one at a time and it takes a long time for each one. I can wash a load of dishes while ONE loads. :-) Our Sprint is not great here and their WiFi is not much better. More later from the beautiful Oregon Coast.