"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Friday, July 20, 2018

Guns 'n Roses in Oregon

Warrenton, Oregon
Fort Steven's State Park

Fort Stevens was an American military installation that guarded the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. It was built near the end of the Civil War, and named for Civil War general and former Washington Territory governor, Isaac Stevens. The fort was an active military reservation from 1863 until 1947.
And now for the GUNS....

It's just a shell now but you can walk all around the fort.  Above the buildings and inside some of them.  They have a small museum and tours.
                      Many windows you could look into.              Rail system on the ceiling.


 One of many large ships leaving the Columbia River, heading out to sea.

They also have a beautiful Memorial Rose Garden.  I loved walking through and smelling them.
This guy seemed to be guarding the roses and wouldn't take his eyes off me no matter how lose I got.
And the ROSES....
So many beautiful roses.  Colors, fragrances and sizes.  Large grouped blooms...

...and the perfect single rose.
Fort Russell
 Some baby Swallows snuggling on a shelf.
We ran in to several Elk.  Some with babies.  We were so busy watching them that we almost got locked in.  Luckily one of the volunteer Veterans was still there to let us out.

Just outside of the Fort was an old cemetery that included a Pacific Rim Peace Memorial.
We enjoyed what would be the last of our time on the coast and work our way toward Mt. Hood where we will be visiting with Lee and Trace at Timothy Lake where they are work camping.


  1. We went through Fort Stevens a few years ago...great spot!
    Love the roses!

  2. We too almost got locked in but it was at an elementary school work site. Luckily there was an air conditioning contractor with keys to the gate. Those are some pretty big guns and some pretty colorful roses :-)

    1. That's funny! I always love a nice Rose Garden!

  3. Beautiful roses, used to go to the Montreal Botanical gardens when they were blooming.


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