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.
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.
Headed back along the straight and narrow…
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