Sometimes the best adventures are close to home. This weekend, I’m headed to beautiful Long Beach Peninsula in Southwest Washington state (my home state), where American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time at Station Camp.
“In November of 1805, the U.S. Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, reached the mouth of the mighty Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean at last. “Great joy in camp,” Clark wrote in his journal, “we are in view of the ocean, this great Pacific Ocean which we been so long anxious to see.”
I’ve been to the Peninsula (located just over two hours from Portland, Oregon) many times before, but this time I’m doing a deep dive as a writer and photographer into the area’s many offerings, from art, history, recreation & Native American culture to dining and lodging.
Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing experiences all weekend via this blog, as well as @ginamwilliams on Instagram & Twitter and @ginawilliamsphoto on Facebook before heading back to Vancouver, Washington on Sunday for the Northwest Travel & Lifestyle Writers Conference.
*Images copyright Gina Williams