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  • *Parks are the jewels of the PNW*

    Near Long Beach WA the beach view looking south towards Cape Disappointment State Park, car tracks, a lone bike rider followed by a gull. On a summer day at the beach we like to drive down to this great park, where we can visit two lighthouses and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, that tells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s journey and Lewis & Clark.

    Starting as a small stream at the base of the Canadian Rockies, the Columbia River travels over 1200 miles, until it meets the Pacific Ocean. The force of the Columbia flowing into the sea creates one of the most treacherous bars in the world. Two lighthouses grace to hill tops overlooking the ocean and the river.

    Completed in 1856, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse guides sailors into the mouth of the Columbia River from the south. Cape Disappointment is on the north side of the mouth of the Columbia. When British fur trader John Meares sailed up the Oregon coast in 1788 in search of the river the Spanish explorer Heceta claimed to have found, Meares could not find it and thus named the area Cape Disappointment.

    The century-old North Head Lighthouse, completed in 1898, guides mariners approaching from the north. The North Head Lighthouse was built in response to a marked increase in the number of shipwrecks along the Peninsula as mariners coming from the north could not see the Cape Disappointment light.

    The Confluence Project is a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, civic groups from Washington and Oregon and other artists, architects and landscape designers. The Confluence Project starts where Lewis and Clark's journey ended at the mouth of the Columbia, where the river meets the sea, the project holds a mirror to reflect back upon Lewis and Clark's journey.
    Maya Lin Artist

    The project that stretches more than 300 miles from Clarkston, WA to where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean . Seven sites in both Oregon and Washington the project encourages visitor to reflect on how the surroundings have changed over time.

    Each interpretive display references a passage from the Lewis and Clark journals.
    Confluence Project
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