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Reader Bonnie sent some photos in which she re-enacts a famous expedition (I’ve added two links). Click the picture to see Bonnie:

I visited Ft. Clatsop in Oregon recently – would recommend a visit if you are ever up that way. As something of a Lewis and Clark enthusiast, I took the opportunity for some ‘Yonder-ing’ (where I do my best L&C impression, pointing yonder) I also enjoyed reading Clark’s laments regarding our weather.

Oh those musquites and flees!

36 Comments

  1. Pliny the in Between
    Posted September 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    The weather in the Pacific Northwest is horrible – no one should ever move here…seriously.

    • Posted September 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      Yep. It poured today in Seattle. I felt like Lewis and Clark at the Dismal Nitch.

      • Mark R.
        Posted September 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

        Yes, mosquitoes and flees everywhere…never stops raining…don’t move to the PN…ever!

        • Posted September 11, 2019 at 6:44 am | Permalink

          I ended up leaving — Seattle got too crowded and expensive.

          But I will be back to retire; but in Klickitat County. (Trying to tip the county blue instead of red …)

    • Dominic
      Posted September 11, 2019 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      Sounds perfect dom weather! I’ll book my ticket! 🙂

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    The Lewis & Clark story is a great part of American History. Possibly more dangerous than going to the moon. There is a site by Nebraska City where they have a replica of one of the boats used on the Missouri river.

  3. Blue
    Posted September 10, 2019 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Quite lovely … … the ” yondering “, Ms Bonnie !

    Not so much the actual flees and the musquites … …
    but love the languaging thereof ! Funny !

    Blue

    • yazikus
      Posted September 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Merci!

  4. Mark R.
    Posted September 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Nice ‘Yonder-ing’ pose and impressive tree behind you. Looks to be a Douglas Fir.

    My first book report (4th grade iirc) was on Lewis and Clark. The only thing I remember about the report is that it was about Lewis and Clark.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 10, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      If any are interested a very good book on this would be: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. Additionally, there was a very good TV documentary on PBS by Ken Burns.

      • Mark R.
        Posted September 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the references. Always enjoy a Burns documentary.

    • Posted September 10, 2019 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      Sitka Spruce, I think. It has scaly bark, not deep grooves like a Douglas Fir.

      • Mark R.
        Posted September 10, 2019 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I reckon you’re correct. I’m not familiar with Sitka Spruce. I’ll have to look into that.

        • Posted September 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

          I am more sure that it is not a Douglas Fir than I am that it is a Sitka Spruce. My wife likes to tease me about my tree knowledge by parodying “That tree is a Douglas Fir, that tree is not.”😀

  5. yazikus
    Posted September 10, 2019 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I have to defend our weather, it seems! See the sun shining in my photo? It does more than rain- though the rain is what keeps us so green. I usually breathe a sigh of relief when it returns after a week or so of sun!

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted September 10, 2019 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      I like the shoes, socks, hat & top combo – très chic

      • yazikus
        Posted September 11, 2019 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        Merci, I’m a big fan of clogs, socks, sweaters & hats. Also pants!

    • Posted September 11, 2019 at 7:00 am | Permalink

      I loved the weather in western WA. Never got hot, never got cold. Very little variation from the 50°F (10°C) surrounding waters.

      No biting bugs. No snow shoveling. (I grew up in Minnesota.)

    • David Coxill
      Posted September 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      As TV ‘s Fraser Crane once quipped “For heavens sake even the state flower is moss ”
      When we were in Seattle we had a boat trip round the harbour ,the guy doing the talk said Seattle’s rain fall was not all that greater than other places such as Detroit .

      • rickflick
        Posted September 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

        Detroit 33″; 185 days clouds; 156 days fog
        Seattle 37″; 226 days clouds; 165 days fog

        I think the extra cloud cover may give Seattle the harsh reputation.

  6. Posted September 11, 2019 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Very likely correct, given the location. The coast area has plenty of Sitka spruce. Clearly it is not Pseudotsuga menziesii.

    Best I can tell from the photo, the surrounding trees are Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) and (probably) western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla).

    The bark does not match Western Hemlock or Western Red Cedar. Western Hemlock (and Cedar) tend to not have lower branches (in my experience). It could be Grand Fir (Abies grandis); but I think Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) is the most likely (bark thin and scaly).

    Some of my older polypro still smells of ground-in Pac NW undergrowth from many years of bushwhacking in the mountains of WA and OR.

    • Posted September 11, 2019 at 6:58 am | Permalink

      … meant as a reply to darwinwins at 4 …

      • Posted September 11, 2019 at 9:24 am | Permalink

        You need to get back soon, jblilie. You’re clearly homesick.

        • Posted September 11, 2019 at 9:49 am | Permalink

          We do, every summer. It’s my mountains fix for the year.


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