Ft. Stevens-Day 2 and 3-May 2016

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Friday morning started very early–around 4 a.m., when I heard a lot of noise outside the camper.  Upon opening the door, this little guy was trying to get into Rob’s cooler full of fishing bait.  He succeeded in opening the cooler, but we chased him away before he could get the bait.  There was also chicken in there, and we saved that, too.  Good thing I’m not much of a sleeper in the wee hours of the morning!

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It must have been wildlife day, because on our way to the beach, we saw this herd of elk.  There were quite a few of them, and we stopped and watched them for a while before heading on our way.

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We wanted to go clamming for the first time in about 25 years.  To get to the place where a man and woman said the clamming was good, we had to climb down this jetty.  It was challenging, but we made it, with our containers, clam gun, shovel and coats.  J wanted to bring her coffee she had made in the camper, so she did.  That’s dexterity:)

We had great success–39 clams in total.  We could have had 60 (15 each), but it began to pour rain on us, so we stopped.  It was extremely fun, and I plan to do a post on how we dealt with those clams after we caught them.

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Saturday morning, Rob and Patsy went fishing for trout in Coffenbury Lake.  J and I walked over, down the trail, and joined them.  He caught one, and we went back. It was very cold and windy, and we build a big fire and enjoyed toasting ourselves around it.

On Friday, some of our 4H friends joined us, and on Saturday, another family arrived.  We enjoyed some time around the fire, visiting, and the kids rode bikes and scooters along the many paths.

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We ended up with a good old-fashioned marshmallow roast after dinner.

Sunday, we went to Ft. Clatsop and enjoyed the history behind the Lewis and Clark journey.  Many of the kids did the Jr. Ranger program and got lovely patches and/or badges.  Most of them are now down at the beach, playing.  We are having a great time!

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