Posted on March 19, 2010
We left Seattle and are driving down to Cape Disappointment, which is at the mouth of the Columbia River. This is where Lewis and Clark ended their voyage of discovery and first saw the Pacific Ocean. This is also our first trip to the west coast and we too are eager to see the pacific Ocean.
Traveling with us is our 30-foot Airstream trailer named Chummy and our trusted Garmin GPS named Dora. Pulling the trailer and being led by Dora is our yet to be named Ford E350 van.
Our original plan was to leave Seattle and drive directly to the coast and follow that down to Cape Disappointment. However, we were given some excellent local advice concerning the Washington coast. We decided to allow Dora to give us the quick route. Her route took us through Olympia, the capital of Washington, and then out to the coast.
The local advice was that the Washington coast highway would not give us many views of the ocean and we found it to be correct, at least along this stretch we were driving. When we were close enough to see the ocean, it was blocked by buildings but most of the time we were not close enough to even get a view. The ride was pretty, though and we also made excellent time arriving in Ilwaco in the early afternoon.
Read Kent Hadley’s article on associatedcontent.com.