We stayed at Fort Stevens state park and spent lots of time exploring the different forts and museums in the area.
Fort Stevens was built during the civil war to protect the mouth of the Columbia river and was in use until after WWII. We also ventured across the river to the Washington side and visited Fort Columbia, Fort Steven's counter part on the north side of the river. Had a great time, even though the weather wasn't the best.
Fort Stevens holds the honor of being the only main-land military installation to receive hostile fire during WWII. In June 1942 a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells at Battery Russell, but caused no damage except taking out the backstop at the baseball field and several telephone cables.
My youngest step-son Mattie playing in a jeep at the museum at Ft. Stevens
Looking down on the West Battery @ Ft. Stevens from the Commander's Station
Walking up to the Commander's Station
In the commander's station
Back side of the cmdr's station
Looking over to Battery Pratt from the cmdr's station
Inside battery pratt. The rails on the ceiling were used to haul the ammunition from the storage rooms over to the pulleys where they'd be hoisted up to the crew on top for loading.
Closeup of a sign at Battery 245 @ Ft. Stevens
Steven playing zombie in the Shell room of btry 245
Mattie posing at the rifle range @ ft stevens
better view of the rifle range. This is the "down range" side where the crews would hoist up and take down the targets.
The Astoria Column above the city of Astoria.
A pair of Bald Eagles flew past as we were on top of the column
We also stopped by the "Goonie" house in Astoria, if anyone remembers the movie The Goonies from the 80s
On to Fort Columbia on the Washington side of the river.
Panorama of Battery Murphy @ ft columbia
Looking up at the barracks and mess hall from btry Ord
Back side of Battery Ord
the boys playing "jail" inside the battery
Coming up from inside Battery Murphy, gun emplacement on the left
One of the replica guns at Battery 246
Mattie posing with the gun at Btry 246
We also stopped by one of the many light houses while up in Washington. I'm surprised I didn't get an overall picture of the lighthouse, but here's one from the base looking up.
Me and the boys posing at the base
The lightkeeper's station
Me with the two fuel storage houses from back when they used oil burning lamps in the lighthouse
Looking south from the lighthouse. You can see the north and south jetties of the Columbia river in the distance.
And of course being at the beach we couldn't help but do some playing in the water.
Looking south on Indian Beach. For you "Twilight" movie fans (my wife is a huge fan) you may recognize this. This is the beach they filmed the surfing scenes on, and where Jacob tells Bella about the Cold Ones.
Well, that's all I have for now. In all it was a great camping trip, and I can't wait to do it again soon!