Day One – To Soar Like an Eagle
The day begins with a docent led tour through the museum that tells the story of these industrious and very savvy Chinookan speaking peoples, as they were fishers, gatherers, hunters and traders. By the time Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived, these Natives had been trading with the European maritime traders and possessed items that surprised the expedition. Metal cooking pots, tools and of course the musket were just a few of the things the Europeans had traded for pelts, freshly caught seafood, berries and roots to sustain them on their long voyage back to Europe. Enjoy the bounty of the Pacific with a lunch prepared at a local favorite on the Pier. Afternoon will be spent learning about the Bald Eagle, why it is so important to the Lower Chinookan culture, its habitat and its comeback from near extinction. Your day will culminate with a horse drawn wagon ride or (horse back if you prefer) to a Salmon or Steak dinner prepared over an open fire.
Day Two – To Feast Like a King
Salmon, shell fish, berries, roots, wild game were the food gathered and preserved to sustain the Lower Chinookans during the year. But it is the Salmon fish that is honored as it was the main staple of their diet. Today, you will learn about the Salmon cycle, visit the oldest Salmon Fish Hatchery in the region, learn about their mode of transportation, the Cedar Canoe and why it was their most prized possession, walk among a cranberry bog and learn of this berries’ fame. Your box lunch will be catered by a local restaurant to be enjoyed (weather permitting) in an outdoor setting. AS the day draws to a close, your evening will be spent in an historical inn serving the Peninsulas’ bounty.
Day Three – To Assist the Strangers
Your guide this morning will be a direct descendant of an early pioneer of this historic village. You will walk in her ancestor’s footsteps and hear of their remarkable accomplishments and lives. Next a visit to the oyster farm that is in operation today and whose sole mission is to supply the world with these bivalves. The owner will relate his own story of how this came to be and describe the ‘gold’ rush of the community in the 1800’s and finally demonstrate the shucking of an oyster. During the afternoon hours, you will visit a replica of a ‘Long House’, the semi-permanent house of the Lower Chinookan people. Step back in time, 1805-1806, visualize the Corp of Discovery spending the winter in the small cramped quarters of Fort Clatsop. Your guides are so knowledgeable and look the part, you will swear you have been transported back in time. The farewell dinner will be on the waterfront overlooking the mighty Columbia River, the same river that the Lewis and Clark Expedition plied and upon reaching their goal exclaimed, “Ocian in view! O! the joy.”