The Little Bird Woman…
Later in the day, Jeff and I return to the south side of Seaside looking for the Tillamook Head Trailhead.
And then we find out that it’s over 8 miles out and back, with a total of 23 switchbacks one way, to Hiker’s Camp,
an overnight resting place of 3 cabins with 4 bunks each surrounding a fire ring with a cooking grate, a sheltered picnic table, and bundles of wood available for purchase. (oregonhikers.org)
Continuing to the right, the trail passes WWII bunkers
and detours to the viewpoint of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
But the trail doesn’t end here. It continues to Ecola State Park.
Well, it’s nearing sunset and even if we had the time, Jeff’s hammy is healing from a tear and my swollen knee makes me paranoid of tripping and falling. But doesn’t this hike sound awesome? I hope to return here sometime soon to “trail this trek” and experience the history, enjoy the scenery, and feel the gratitude of accomplishment.
So… we head back to Avenue U via Sunset Boulevard. (see map above just west of trailhead)
We stop and pullover to watch the birds gathering around an older lady feeding them breadcrumbs. I am reminded of the movie “Mary Poppins” and I snap these pictures on my iPad:
(Notice her walker in the left foreground.)
Tuppence a bag?
Oregon’s First Resort Town
According to visittheoregoncoast.com, in the 1920s the affluent from Portland would take a steamboat to Astoria, via the Columbia River, and then transfer by stagecoach to Seaside.
If the dates in the picture above remind you of Lewis and Clark, your thinking is correct. What you can’t see in my picture are the words above the dates, 1805 – 1806. They read “the END of the LEWIS & CLARK trail.”
Was this the end of their trail? According to anthropologist Kathleen A. Dahl, history buffs argue over the exact location of the end of their famous trail. Was it on the Washington side of the Columbia River where they first glimpsed the Pacific Ocean? (Hmmm… the plaque at the Astoria Column gave me the impression that they were on the Oregon side… ???) Was it indeed in Astoria where they spent the winter of 1805 – 1806?Or was it in Seaside where the Corps of Discovery party boiled 1,400 gallons of seawater to render salt for the return journey? But wait, still others ask if it wasn’t Cannon Beach where they traveled to see a beached whale.
Apparently Seaside has claimed the right to answer this once and for all.
The statue above faces the Pacific Ocean.
Behind is Broadway, the Main Street of downtown Seaside.
It’s an incredible board-walk like street where you can play old-fashioned arcade games like Skee-Ball or Fascination,
ride the bumper cars, or take a spin on the carousel. Sample sweet shops, ice cream parlors, and shop for souvenirs. And if you are hungry, there are plenty of places to satisfy your palate… from fresh seafood to the Pig ‘n Pancake!
Since we are dog-less, we wind down with a couple of pints at Seaside Brewing Company, close to Highway 101. The clam chowder with a hint of thyme and a beer-laced broth is so good!