September 23 Columbia River Bar

The weather was miserable again today but we figured out something to do anyway. About the only place around here that gets more interesting in foul weather is the dangerous Columbia River Bar where the river meets the Pacific. We moseyed out to the truck in a drizzle and headed north to Fort Stevens State Park, a part of the Lewis & Clark National Park and about 15 or 20 miles north of our RV park in Seaside, OR.

Our first stop was at the very end of the park road on the spit at the furthest northwest spot in Oregon. There, we briefly lingered at the edge of the Columbia where it is wide and angry-looking. Northwest across the river we could barely see the area around Ilwaco and to the northeast was Megler, both about 5 miles across the water in Washington.

Next we backtracked a bit and found a road that went to an observation tower built on the land end of the very long breakwater that borders the Columbia. From the tower, we could see the angry, churning ocean on the beach side of the rock jetty. On the other side of the jetty, we could see the ship-eating Bar and large waves in the channel that looked like they made most kinds of boating into a poo squirters. Just barely visible through the drizzle we could see the stern of a departing log freighter that had cleared the crummy part of the Bar and was out into calmer water.

At this point, it started to really rain so we went food shopping in nearby Warrenton, fortifying our stores of tasty home cooking supplies.

See the Bar. Click the link below.

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