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Two Forts in Astoria, Oregon

We spent a total of 10 amazing weeks in my new favorite state of Oregon this summer, and we saved the best state park for last. Fort Stevens State Park is in the northwest corner of Oregon near the beautiful city of Astoria. This was my favorite state park we stayed at in Oregon. It was huge and so many of the sites have some trees and privacy. But the best part of the park was the miles of paved bike trails and historical places to visit.


Awesome paved bike trails!


Roadschooling one day consisted of touring the fort and a shipwreck on the beach. Fort Stevens was in service from the Civil War to World War II and guarded the mouth of the Columbia River.







The Peter Iredale ship ran ashore in 1906 and the wreckage is now a tourist attraction on the beach at Fort Stevens. The boys loved climbing on this shipwreck.



Peter Iredale shipwreck

The northern tip of the state park has beautiful views of the Pacific and the mouth of the Columbia River. You can also see the state of Washington across the river as well as the city of Astoria.


One of the lookout points at Fort Stevens

Early in our Oregon travels we met a family back in Chiloquin that we have met up with at a couple of different places since then, one of them was Fort Stevens. We had a great time with them touring another fort (Fort Clatsop) and Astoria.


The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at Fort Clatsop during the winter of 1805-1806.



The boys earned new Junior Ranger badges with their friends.


After touring Fort Clatsop we explored the beautiful city of Astoria and had lunch at Mo’s. How is it we did not eat at Mo’s until the day before we left Oregon? There are several of them along the Oregon coast and they have the best clam chowder. Next time we’re in Oregon we’ll have to go there again.






We climbed the 164 steps to the top of the Astoria Column where we were rewarded with gorgeous view of the Columbia River and the Astoria-Megler Bridge that goes to Washington.


Astoria Column




The kids enjoyed running and rolling down the hill outside of the column.


It was a bittersweet day knowing it was our last day on the Oregon Coast. I thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring that part of this amazing country. I really hope to return again someday.

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Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is 444 miles long and runs through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.  There are many historical places of interest and scenic viewpoints along the Trace which is part of the National Park System.  We only visited a small portion of it in Tennessee, but now it’s on the list to go back and see more of it at a later date.

One of the historical places we visited was the Meriwether Lewis Monument, the site of his death and burial.  We just finished reading about the Lewis and Clark expedition so it was perfect timing to visit this site.  In the book we read that there were mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.  It was believed by many that he killed himself, but that was never certain and to this day it remains a mystery.


How cool to see American history come to life!  I love history and love visiting sites like this where we can learn in even more detail about people and events from our nation’s past.




We hiked to some waterfalls and drove to some other scenic viewpoints along the Natchez Trace.






Driving a 2 mile section of the Old Trace.


The leaves were just starting to change colors.  I imagine in another few weeks the fall colors will be amazing.



We stayed at Thousand Trails Natchez Trace right next to our friends, the Grahams.  For two weeks we spent every evening having game nights with them.  Actually, I should say every evening except for the one night that poor Katie decided to break her foot and then needed to go to the hospital.

We celebrated Jake’s 11th birthday while we were there.  Notice the 9 on his cake?  No, we didn’t forget how old he is.  When you live in an RV you make do with what you have and that was the only candle in the house.  One week later when we celebrated Keith’s birthday, he got to be 9 too.  🙂


Jesse looks the most excited about Jake’s present.


The fall colors were already showing at our campground.


Tennessee is beautiful at this time of the year!


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