We drove to Cape Disappointment with high expectations of wonderful views and two lighthouses and a high quality Interpretative Center. First, we did not know that we had to go two miles to the office to get a pass for the day if we did not wish to use a credit card at the parking area. we found this out by walking to the Gift Shop and a kind lady gave us the information, so back to the car and out comes the credit cars. Then, back through the Gift Shop area which is across from a couple of lighthouse keepers residences that are now closed as is the lighthouse. The, down a set of steps to a walkway of slabs that can be quite slippery when wet 1/4 miles to the beautiful North Head lighthouse. while we were there the weather changed from sun to light rain to cloudy back to sunny in a fifteen minute period. We got some great pictures. There is a second trail that wraps around and avoids the stairs..you end up in the same parking lot.
Next we drove to the Interpretive Center and took some pictures of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. we chose not to walk the 3/4 miles trail. They charge you $10 for parking and then $5 to enter the Interpretive Center that offers a complete Lewis and Clark experience. Exhibits
trace he entire route of the 1803-1806 expedition. Handicap parking at the Center; bring your pass.
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