The original Fort Stevens consisted of a fort made mainly of dirt with gun emplacements and several buildings, all completed in 1865. To protect it from land attack, the original Fort was surrounded by a moat with a drawbridge! In 1897, as part of a nationwide program to improve coastal and harbor defenses, Fort Stevens started … More Army Batteries on the Pacific Coast – Old Guards of the Columbia
The historic Fort Stevens Post Cemetery includes some of the oldest surviving gravestones in the county. Established in May 1868 – Private August Stahlberger, member of Battery “C,” 2nd US Artillery was the burial at the cemetery. His death was first attributed to “falling in the River and drowning under the influence.” A reputation … More Fort Stevens Military Cemetery – Established 1868
The primates that gave their name to two lava tubes found along this trail were not apes (shocking, I know…)- they were member of a Boy Scout troop who found & explored the tubes. The Mount St Helens Apes – the lava tubes were their cave – all before the 1980 eruption. The tubes are … More The Fabulous Ape Cave & Lava Canyon
Fort Stevens – Oregon’s most desirable park (we think…) & our new home for the next 1.5 months. We will be kayak hosting here for the next few weeks and are looking forward to a new park, new surroundings and new explorations! Friends visited here earlier this week, tried to extend their stay … More Ft Stevens – Our New Home & Oregon’s “Most Desirable Park”
Donald & I just finished our most recent Camp Hosting gig at Milo McIver State Park, located in the Northern Cascades. We really enjoyed our stay at the park – working as kayak hosts and doing other interpretive work (fish painting, animal tracks, bat talks). We enjoyed it so much we plan to return in … More A Milo McIver wrap up – Our Great Camp Host Experience!