Loving Water

Water samples from Waldo Lake, the Willamette River, the Columbia Estuary, and the Pacific Ocean.

Anna’s water samples.

As part of her Brownie work this summer, Anna is taking the Wonders of Water journey. I’ve already written about our Oregon Coast Trip (Parts One, Two, Three, and Four) on this blog. Now I want to share how Anna completed the first part of her journey by following water of the Willamette River from one of its sources in the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, collecting samples at four specific points along the way, and tracing the journey of a single water drop from a raincloud over Waldo Lake to a beach on the North Coast.

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Our Oregon Coast Journey, Part One

The Columbia River Maritime Museum, in Astoria, Oregon.

Photo: Steve Morgan (CC BY-SA 3.0)

As part of her Brownie work this summer, Anna is taking the Wonders of Water journey. Because she’s currently between troops (for reasons I won’t go into here), she’s taking this journey over the summer with us, and our Oregon Coast trip was a big part of it.

Our first stop on our way to the coast was Astoria, Oregon, the earliest European settlement on the Columbia River and a major West Coast port. While there, we visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum and learned about the river and its perils.

Wall display with buoy.

Reading about the perils of crossing the bar.

The Columbia River Bar is where the outward flow of the Columbia River meets the inward flow of the Pacific Ocean. The collision between two massive and opposing flows of water creates one of the most dangerous shipping areas in the world, long known to sailors as the “Graveyard of the Pacific.”

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