Fort Clatsop and the Astoria Bridge

We departed Cape Lookout with the intention of making it well up into Washington that day. We wanted to drive over the long bridge over the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, and we wanted to stop at Cape Disappointment State Park on the Washington side to see if it would be a fun place for a future vacation.

On our approach to Astoria, we discovered that there was a Lewis & Clark National Park site on our route, so we decided to check it out. Turns out it was the site where the Corps of Discovery spent the winter after arriving at the Pacific, before their journey back to St. Louis in 1806.

Of course, due to the government shutdown, the visitor center wasn’t open.

We found a way around to the trail behind the visitor center, and were able to see a recreation of the original fort.

It looked cold.

Then we made it to the Columbia, and the super scary tall bridge that goes over the mouth of the river.

Then….we made it back to WASHINGTON!

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