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ft stevens state park, washington. 
 04 aug

we leave mt st helens and then travel for 50 miles on newly-laid chip seal. the hot tar covers everything...the bikes are soon covered in tiny little sticky rocks. a road delay on said chip seal costs us another hour in the 40c heat. bad.

we move quickly up highway 5 through Longview and take hw 30 to Astoria. we reach fort stevens state park at the mouth of the Columbia River by 9pm. l was here 20 years ago.

l get us the last campsite in the overflow section. the park officer has never hard of the nwt....she just stands there.....nothing is coming loudly out of her mouth. her colleagues torture her.

our campsite neighbor is a bandanna-wearing hippie with sons named Lief and Erickson. or Thor and Loki...whatever. she makes swordfish swords from swordfish...however she is congenial. in the morning she has to pack up everything by 8am, go to the park office, and is re-assigned the same campground beside us. she is putting up her world back up as james and l pack ours.

Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two). The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II.

 On the night of June 21, 1942, Fort Stevens saw its only action when a Japanese submarine (the I-25) fired 5.5 inch shells in the vicinity of the fort. The shelling caused no damage. The Fort Commander refused to allow return fire. The incident made Fort Stevens the only installation to be attacked by an enemy since the War of 1812

 The Peter Iredale, a 278 feet sailing vessel, fashioned of steel plates on iron frames, ran onto the shore in October 25, 1906. we drink beers beside it and watch the sun drown.

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the peter iredale


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