while we were in seaside, we picked back up with our junior rangering, by way of the lewis and clark national historical park. this time was extra fun, because our fellow fulltime roadtrippin’ friend jenn was able to drive out from her campground to join us. lewis and clark is sort of a conglomeration of locations, but we pretty much stuck to the old fort clatsop visitor center, in astoria.
it was pretty small, containing mostly information on the native people who lived here before lewis and clark “discovered” it, and trade between the two. then, we were off to stroll along to the old fort clatsop fort, which is a replica of what the fort looked like in the day.
of the two explorers, meriwether lewis was the naturalist, and logged and documented plants and animals as they crossed the country. he carried a little pressing book, to preserve the plants for observation.
but, we won’t be there for the results. it takes a few weeks, and we are already long gone. 🙂
after that, we made our way back to the visitor center, with a bit of drama when hazel developed a blister on her toe. once we were there, the kids finished up their books and then met with the junior ranger specialist on hand, who evaluated a complicated system of age, booklet level, and number of locations visited, to determine what level of junior ranger each kid was and which badge that earned them. here’s the various ranger flair brought home that day.
anyhooo. we bid farewell to jenn, a super junior ranger assistant, knowing we would see her soon, and headed back to camp.