A Glimpse


Oh, my darlings, I will have so much scenic goodness for you. So so much. And restaurant recommendations. And adorable fuzzy animals. And hawt hawt geology.

But we’ve got one day more, then I have a coma day set aside to recover. So I’ll just tease you a bit.

The lighthouse at Cape Disappointment:

Image shows a green-capped basalt headland with a lighthouse upon it.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Twas overcast, but it was pleasant, and the scenery was certainly not a disappointment. Then we got to see our Suzanne! And little Token, who cannot ever get enough tummy rubs and has a doggy grin for anyone who’ll keep giving ‘em.

Day Two plans went gang aft agley because of Rainier Days, which had filled every hotel within a billion miles of St. Helens, and a storm that Weather.Com apparently could not see coming. So we improvised, and went to Silver Falls State Park instead. People, it utterly did not suck, and you will be amazed.

Image shows moi standing beside a very lovely waterfall which is plunging over a lip of Columbia River Basalt.

Lower South Falls

And then tomorrow, it’s off to the coast with Lockwood. Excellence awaits. I’ll be back in Seattle shortly, and shall show you All the Things.

Comments

  1. Lithified Detritus says

    Nice! Looking forward to more. A bit of Googling shows both of these places to be well worth a visit.

  2. Trebuchet says

    I love that view of the lighthouse. It’s the only one in Washington with stripes, by the way. We were there once after there’d been a storm out at sea and the waves were crashing about half way up the cliff. There is, of course, another lighthouse just behind you, North Head. The Fresnel lens from it is in the Lewis & Clark visitor center there. It’s enormous.

  3. Trebuchet says

    According to Wikipedia:

    One account has it that the cape was named on April 12, 1788 by British fur trader John Meares who was sailing south from Nootka in search of trade. After a storm, he turned his ship around just north of the Cape and therefore just missed the discovery of the Columbia River. Alternatively, the cape may have been named in November of 1805 by a member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, which had recently succeeded in reaching the Pacific, when he found no ships in the vicinity, according to the journal of the expedition as recited in the Ken Burns documentary.

    It’s on the north shore of the mouth of the Columbia River. Lewis & Clark are supposed to have held a democratic vote among their party to decide whether to winter there or across on the Astoria side. Astoria won. Apparently even Sacajawea, a Native American woman, and York, Clark’s black slave, were given a vote.