The end of the Trail - Lewis and Clark Episode 22 Season Finale

The end of the Trail - Lewis and Clark Episode 22 Season Finale

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this is the day we've all been waiting for we've been together on this Lewis and Clark Journey for over 12 hours in total almost six months in the making of being through at least 16 States and now we are on the home stretch destination the Pacific Ocean the end of the trail [Music] riding in my rvir wherever I want to be because I'm free in my RV this is pretty much the end of the Lewis and Clark Journey whatever we're going to do today and tomorrow so this will be some of our last views of the Columbia River Gorge we're gonna stop briefly at the Multnomah Falls rest area for lunch and then we continue our base of operations for the next two days is going to be the Astoria KOA there are many places we want to go where it would be unwise to drag the trailer through foreign here we go there is room in the oversized area [Music] quick lunch break or breakfast break here is it's lunch time anyway at the Multnomah Falls rest area and all I gotta say is for inflation well that was satisfying it's probably not the healthiest of foods but in any case here we are at uh at the normal Falls rest area and now I'm gonna walk that way see if we can get a shot of normal Falls which doesn't it's not the best location if you want to like take a nice picture because it's always the sun is always somewhat behind them there you go slide in yeah one of these days we'll get closer maybe even do one of the little hikes they have but today story I wait let me let me get away from the middle of the street here because a bunch of RB is coming and we're out of the gorge approaching Portland once again [Music] crossing the Columbia River into Washington look at that view [Music] foreign [Music] the Columbia River once again now going back towards Oregon foreign [Music] this good looking Town we're approaching is none other than Astoria Oregon settled in 1811 it is considered the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains somewhere up on that Hill is the famous Goonies house it would be unwise to explore this town with the trailer in tow this place is like a mini San Francisco with steep hills but will definitely come back tomorrow there are a couple of must-see landmarks that's the bridge that spans the Columbia River we'll be taking that one tomorrow as well lots of traffic here on young Bay Bridge but at least the scenery is attractive [Music] foreign left so let's take advantage of what we have [Music] foreign [Music] we're going to begin here at Seaside Oregon at the end of the trail according to the National Park Service this is considered to be the official end point to the Lewis and Clark Expeditions Journey the place where they turn around to return home let's park Australian view oh the joy and of course that was the phrase famously written by Meriwether Lewis on November 7th 1805. when they finally saw what they thought was the Pacific Ocean which actually was just the Estuary of the Columbia River but we are now here in Seaside Oregon and here's the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail 1805 to 1806. I don't know how accurate it would be to call this the actual end of the trail but here's where they had the sculpture I guess it would make sense since this is the farthest they ventured from their winter camp at Fort klatzap and less than a mile south of here is where they made salt for the return Voyage in any case it is very satisfying to finally be here at the end of the trail after so many miles and actually the farthest South they went was Tillamook head on December 29th just as they were done building their winter Fort The Local Natives the clatsubs informed the captains that a whale had floundered on the coast and they came all the way here to Tillamook head which is that Cliff over there to get some oil and blubber it is nowadays a very Lively Beach but I can almost imagine where it was an undeveloped Strange Land at least to us Seaside seems to be a lovely town we must return one of these days now that we know it is here now let's go see the Lewis and Clark salt cairn [Music] foreign [Music] making salt right here most of the men and Lewis in particular had been craving salt besides they needed it to preserve meat here they had a good salt water source to boil and the source of fresh water to drink and Elk to hunt of course this is a reconstruction but it illustrates well how they did it how it was well there's no room for a U-turn so I'm not sure how I'm gonna get out of here but um here's the deal as The Story Goes you know everybody on the expedition was like craving salt in their food and they sent the man here too to make salt right here on the by the ocean even though the rest of the the party was staying at Fort clatsapp which is where we're going tomorrow now we're going to deviate a little from the Lewis and Clark Trail I don't recall exactly whether they went to Cannon Beach but that's where we're going now well actually they didn't I've been as reliably informed as I can be given the circumstances that Tillamook had just south of Seaside is as far south as they went hence the end of the trail statue one of the things I didn't get to do last time I was here was ecola State Park from the top you're supposed to get commanding views of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock trailers are not recommended on this road so I decided to err on the side of caution back then but today we're not Towing so up we go did anybody see the closed sign back there I decided to ignore it and lo and behold the road is closed well that was beyond disappointing as you probably know in 2019 I didn't come in here because I was still in the trailer and there's a big sign there that's saying that says trailers not recommended so a chickened out and now it is closed so we're gonna have to return the next left onto East 5th Street very simply oh but don't despair we're still going to be able to see one of the most iconic views of Canon Beach it's going to be dinner with the view at Sunset perhaps and yeah this is it one of the most iconic views there I say in the entire Oregon coast it at most which is a chain it is one of those more for the view than the food although I have no complaints about the food there was a little bit of a wait for outdoor sitting but I think in this case it was totally worth it we started with a cold IPA and red wine and the Glorious view of haystack rock at the magic hour good clam chowder by the way and I think we really timed it right this time one grilled and sunset is upon us what a perfect way to end our first day on this part of the Oregon coast [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] foreign [Music] hmm picnic well good morning good afternoon almost today we're going to Fort klatzap which is where Lewis and Clark spent the winter here here we are Fort klads up Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and here we are this is the visitor center I have no idea where the fort is so we're gonna find out where everything is I was thinking this might be our last interpretive center of the whole trip but no there's still one more after this here we have the story of sakagawea and we're back to spelling it with a G and the recount of the whole Expedition something happened before they got here that had never happened before but first let's explore some of these exhibits here's a clutch sub offering them a flounder and here's a diorama depicting when they went to see the whale at Tillamook head here's what happened that was unique after several days of horrible weather they were rescued by the clatsops and were finally able to camp near Cape Disappointment on the North Bank where we're going next actually and they had three choices of where to spend the winter they could either remain there which wasn't great go back to the falls upstream or come to the South Bank where there might be more game good water and shelter and even though the captains had already decided exploring the South Bank would be the best choice they decided to put it up to a vote all but one voted to explore the South bank before making a decision but what was unique about this vote is that they included York and sakagawea for the first time in American history a black slave and a woman had casted a vote so they crossed the river found the South Bank more satisfactory and on December 7th 1805 they decided to build the fort here they named it Fort klatzap after the local Native Americans which they liked much better than the Chinooks on the North Bank the fort would be finished by the end of the year Outhouse perhaps [Music] let's take this short trail to the most aptly named Lewis and Clark river [Music] thank you [Music] check it out twin saidkka spruce [Music] by the way they are not redwoods but they're pretty big they're impressive that's it [Music] the balls on the water are from what used to be 80 year old Douglas fir trees logging industry has been very important in this area alright let's go someplace else [Music] that is of course Astoria but we're gonna save Astoria for the end of the day first let's go to Washington the North Bank there's a cruise ship in town [Music] Astoria is such a photogenic City we're gonna get on the Astoria megler Bridge opened in 1966. according to Wikipedia it is the longest continual trust bridge in North America it is certainly impressive I would not want to get caught up here during bad weather this is the Columbia River Estuary which Clark mistakenly called the ocean and I think we've got one lane closed up ahead on a positive note this gives us more time to enjoy the scenery just on the other side of the bridge at Point Ellis that's where the expedition was pinned down by 11 days of consecutive bad weather unable to move forward or back as I mentioned earlier they were eventually rescued by The clatsops Who had much better Coastal canoes Lewis and the small party and later Clark as well were able to make it to Cape Disappointment which is where we're going next [Music] foreign [Music] let's start by visiting Belle's view Overlook it is a very short but very rewarding hike [Music] all right we're gonna do the bells View Trail here which goes to a Viewpoint very close to that to the lighthouse that would be the north Head Lighthouse which faces the Pacific it's just about a quarter mile not very steep as I said a very rewarding hike through what can only be described as a temperate rainforest and there's the lighthouse [Music] I can hear the ocean and now I can see it [Music] there it is it's called Long Beach can I see it can I say it again once again ocean in view all the joy it is self-proclaimed the world's longest beach of course when I posted that on Instagram there were several well actuallys you were quick to remind me about the 66 mile long Padre Island the 90 Mile Beach in Australia and the 158 mile priadou Casino in Brazil this one is a bigger 28 miles boo one thing for sure you can drive on it so we might be going there later let's start heading back here we have a relic from World War II used for surveillance of the Pacific they use the searchlights and at the time state-of-the-art radar monitoring the weather and a potential attack on the Columbia River [Music] foreign [Music] to our last interpretive center of the whole Lewis and Clark Trail we're going to park here and do a short hike 3.2 miles to interpretive Center let's do the trail [Music] foreign [Music] yeah that would be Fort Canby we did the fort back in 2019 so we're not gonna go into it this time what we're going to do for sure is the Lewis and Clark interpretive Center [Music] we are told once again the story of the Expedition with with different illustrations different exhibits [Music] even though the story they are telling is basically the same we've seen many many times each interpretive Center does it its own way I still think the most comprehensive one has been perhaps the one in Great Falls but there are several other ones honorable mentions if you will which in my opinion like this one rank higher among the rest this one actually has a really good movie to the Pacific Ocean [Music] we are now entering the free section of the museum with a broader focus on the history of this area [Music] we have a raised relief map this is where we are the fresnel lens and here's a display illustrating how it works [Music] through the glass window we can see the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse which could use a coat of paint in my opinion [Music] actually you can see the lighthouse better from outside sometime around November 16 1805 Lewis came up to here and carved his name on a tree two days later Clark came as well and beside his name he also carved by land from the United States in 1804 and 1805. so I'm gonna say it again just like Clark wrote it which by the way I I mistakenly said earlier that he was Meriwether Lewis wrote it in the journal it was Clark Merriweather Lewis was kind of depressed during those days he was kind of a manic depressant person so he would manage to to do the Expedition but he he didn't write for for many days so the journal has many gaps luckily Clark filled those gaps in any case as William Clark wrote in the the journal several days before they actually came here all the oceanic view oh the joy well that's it I think this would be a fitting end to our Lewis and Clark Journey right here at the Pacific Ocean now that the journey continues but I think we're done after so many months I mean it took him three years to do the whole thing it took us a couple months to make it to Montana and now about a month to to complete the journey so I think we did okay this is officially the end of our Lewis and Clark trip of course I may have spoken prematurely because while the Expedition may be over this episode is not now who wants to go drive on the beach well I certainly do [Music] maybe we should put it on four-wheel drive just in case [Music] foreign [Music] that would be the north Head Lighthouse think just a while back we were up there looking down at this beach the difficulture not very Pacific now is it [Music] foreign [Music] now let's go to Astoria I think that would be a perfect way to end our day and perhaps this episode and this season as well [Music] foreign [Music] it looks like the cruise ship is living port and it is such a great view of Astoria from here four miles across the Columbia River Estuary that's the Astoria Column the first and main point of Interest we're going to see in Astoria and the only one somewhat related to the Lewis and Clark expedition [Music] thank you [Music] [Music] here we are it is five dollars to park and you can stay as long as you want [Music] well here we are the Astoria Column is one of the most iconic spots here in Astoria Oregon from the top you get a commanding View of the whole area the whole surrounding area even Cape Disappointment I could see it from here and I know I told you when we were at get disappointment that that was like the end of the of the Lewis and Clark trip but I thought I thought it would be cooler to enter here so right now we're gonna climb to the top and see all these commanding views which by the way I did the Astoria Column when I was here back in 2019 but I'm gonna do it again just because it is so iconic for this trip there are other things here in Astoria that we might not do like all the famous houses of all the movies and you can watch my 2019 video for those but right now let's climb to the top and uh and take interviews [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] well what did I say commanding view from here from the Astoria Column that's looking to the West but everywhere look at them it Mighty Colombia River there's some people on that side so I'll wait oh yeah this will be another great view looking North ocean in view oh the joy of course we had to have at least one more interpretive sign about Lewis and Clark we have two here's the requisite map and here we have a canoe probably more refined than the ones used by Lewis and Clark I forget when was the last time we ate but it was a while back so let's go eat and there are a couple of good breweries in town foreign Brewery which I visited the last time I was here so let's go somewhere else today [Music] here we are Astoria Brewing Company yeah we managed to get an outside table I mean it is not very busy on a Monday it is actually nice great Ambience and I prefer it quieter like this [Music] got what they call a halibut filet burger and the clam chowder which has bacon lots of potatoes that does not look safe anyway we decided to go for a stroll here along the Riverwalk just enjoying the sights and the beautiful weather as I've said before it reminds me a little of San Francisco on a smaller scale oh I hear seals probably sea lions actually but we don't know exactly where they are thank you what a beautiful afternoon here in Astoria great beer the food was okay but we had a good time we had the view of the of the Columbia River here I think this town is starting to die real quickly today so I think we're gonna have we're gonna call it a day and maybe we might still drive by some of the highlights but I think we're heading back yeah that's where we were we found out the brewery actually has its own parking so we decided to move it feels safer here the tracks belong to the Astoria Riverfront trolley apparently it only runs on Fridays and Saturdays so another time perhaps and who am I kidding we still have some sunlight left let's try and find that Goonies house according to what I read it is not that the owner doesn't want people to see the house it is actually the city of Astoria and the neighbors who don't want the properly commercialized I sense a missed opportunity here but hey is their way [Music] getting close [Music] yep it is through here [Music] I believe that's it but this is as close as we can get foreign we'll just go to the Oregon film Museum the building also appeared in the movie let's do one more filming location [Music] oh this is a steep one [Music] check it out a deer in the middle of the city anyway the reason we're here is the house from the movie's short circuit one of my favorite movies of the 1980s the bridge was prominently featured and this was the house which is nowadays an Airbnb here's our Urban deer [Music] where'd we go [Music] to sit this is the last video of 2022 and as you probably know this is not all we did last summer we did also visit Devil's Tower and the Black Hills Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Badlands National Park Rocky Mountain National Park some amazing places in Utah Las Vegas the nicer parts of the California and Oregon coasts Crater Lake yes we did a lot but we're going to save those for another time on the next one we'll return to Florida as the 2023 season begins until then Happy new year thank you so much for watching see you on the road [Music] I'm writing [Music] riding in my RV

2022-12-29 12:28

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