Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Fort Clatsop was the last camp of the Lewis and Clark Expedition before they returned back east; and is part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Park just outside Astoria, Oregon. The park includes a replica of the fort and a museum with all kinds of artifacts from the early 1800's. Having seen at least half of the Lewis and Clark Trail (from eastern Montana) and lived on the Lewis and Clark Trail in eastern Washington, it was interesting to see the final stop of their journey.

As part of our trip across the country, we wanted to purchase a National Park "passport" and we found one here at the Lewis and Clark National Park. It looks very much like an international passport. Each park stamps your National Park passport with the date visited and the name of the park (looks just like a stamp you would get on your international passport). There are 392 national parks (including national monuments, historic national sites, etc.) with locations outside of the continental U.S. in Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. If we want to get a stamp from all of them, we've got some serious traveling in our future. (Ryan, maybe you can help us with Guam trip?)

Another good dinner and good music. Dinner included fresh salmon, spinach salad with raspberry dressing, almonds and orange slices (thanks for the recipe, Judi). A litte dinner music by Melissa Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux (1930's style). One of the songs sung by Madeleine Peyroux, "Careless Love", was one my grandmother, Peggy Hopp, sang in a band in the 1930's. I have an old recording and the style is very similar. One of the reasons I love Madeleine's music so much.

Did I tell you how much we enjoy retirement? It's all good.

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