Vancouver, Washington is a city on the northern banks of the Columbia River. Mighty and vital for shipping, hydroelectric power, and irrigation, this river forms the border between Oregon and Washington.
As many times as we have driven by on the freeways and over the bridges, we have never stopped there. On this trip I decided we needed to explore new places while we still can.
When there is a McMenamin's restaurant in a place you want to visit anyway, you go there for lunch or dinner. McMenamin's is a chain of brewpubs, historic hotels, music venues, and theater pubs in Oregon and Washington, most often in restored old buildings, and furnished with wonderful old stuff. The food is good too.
This McMenamins sits on the northern bank of the Columbia River, conveniently located between the two bridges over the river and close to Fort Vancouver, our next stop.
Mt Hood looms to the east. Some small ship yards still exist, but during the war years there was a huge shipbuilding site here. The women who worked in the shipyards are honored.
The Chief Factor's House.
We saw most of what there was to see, enjoyed talking to the archeologists, and learned some history before wearing out walking in the sun.