Tug Boat in Cathlemet

{Travel & Leisure} On the Road Again…Columbia River

That Willie Nelson song, On the Road Again, always pops into my mind as the hubby and I climb into the Jeep to head East. We’ve been traveling this road for numerous doctor’s appointments, my surgery in March and recently it’s become a once a week occasion for the hubby’s physical therapy. It’s about a 5 hour round trip and one of those things that you just do because we decided to live in a remote area along the shore.

It’s becoming one of those drives that you know where the next bend in the road is and where to stop to look for Elk (which we saw a whole lot of during Winter).  It’s not a fun trip and to say that the hubby is in a great deal of discomfort for the majority of it is an understatement; however it is apart of our life right now.  It’s one of those times in life where you remember those vows you agreed to honor some 28 years ago  in front of your family and friends.  Life is far from perfect, so we do the best we can and are thankful for that which we do have.

One of those things we are very thankful for is that Southwest Washington is full of so much beauty for us to enjoy! Our  road trip weaves around Willapa Bay, wildlife reserve areas, sloughs, along the Columbia River and through forests and farm land – pretty much every kind of territory you can think of except desert. We snapped a few pictures while driving home recently so that you could come along on our little weekly journey in Southwest Washington.


A favorite stopping place along our journey is a little town called Cathlamet. It has this adorable marina and very clean restrooms (is there anything better while traveling?).  You’ll see both commercial and recreational fishermen at the Elochoman Slough Marina, especially during salmon fishing windows in the spring and the fall.


There are many beautiful vessels moored here from locations as far away as San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C. (British Columbia).


The mighty Columbia River is always a beautiful site. The mountains in the background are our neighbors in the State of Oregon.


Columbia River View

The Town of Cathlamet was established as a trading post in 1846 and its docks once bustled with the sounds and smells of the commercial fishing, canneries and logging industry that were the backbone of the local economy. Today, the docks are still used by small fishing companies, tugboat operations and recreational boaters.

I had to get a shot of this rugged river home built on piers…very charming in my eyes.  The bridge goes to Puget Island where they host a fabulous weekly Farmer’s Market. The fertile river soil produces delectable vegetables.  You can also catch a ferry which runs between the Island and Oregon.


Home on the Columbia River

Headed back along the straight and narrow…


Southwest Washington Roads


We know that we’re almost home again when we view the Willapa Bay.  The straight flat land mass in the very back of this shot is our very own peace of heaven known as the Long Beach Peninsula.


Willapa Bay View in Southwest Washington
Thanks for continuing on this journey with us…we appreciate each and every one of you! Have a lovely day and we’ll be back from the road soon.


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13 thoughts on “{Travel & Leisure} On the Road Again…Columbia River

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  3. Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal

    What beautiful pictures Marie! You certainly live in a gorgeous area and you have some scenic spots along your journey. I know the drive can be a pain though. Mine seemed extra long this time. I guess because I did all but an hour of the driving! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

  4. Betsy

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us. I love this part of our country and the greenery and beauty never ceases to amaze me.

  5. Desire Empire

    Lovely shots of a lovely place. Glad you are making the most of a difficult situation. And remembering those vows comes in handy through the difficult spots. Here’s to better days
    Best Carolyn

  6. Michelle

    The area is gorgeous Marie and I am glad that you can stop places to enjoy the scenery. I am so sorry though that it is uncomfortable for your hubby, that can make for a miserable trip. Thank you for the beautiful shots, I really want to get to that part of the country some day.
    Relax and enjoy your evening my friend!
    Hugs and love!

  7. Cynthia@Beach Coast Style

    Lovely photos Marie thanks for sharing I have always heard that was nice part of the country. I get up to Seattle a couple times a year maybe I will get a chance to drive and look around a little more.

  8. Caron White

    Good Morning Gorgeous! Drive safe, take care of you and take care of that hubby of yours. Seeing your photos is making me so homesick!


  9. Tracy

    What gorgeous scenery! I love the marinas, house and tug boat! In 2009 I visited my cousin in the Spokane and surrounding area and hope to go back someday for a longer visit. I would really love to explore more of Washington-it really looks like a beautiful place.

    I hope you are having a great week!

    ~ Tracy

  10. Jane

    This is the only part of the US I have yet to visit. And it’s HIGH on my list! Hopefully, we will make this trip in the near future… It always looks so beautiful…

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