Thursday, June 23, 2005

Where is Clatskanie?

One reader wants to know 'where is Clatskanie?' It's in Oregon. Yes, I understand that everyone might not know where such a small town with such a strange name might be. It is my understanding that the name comes from an Oregon tribe the Tlatskanai. It is just to the west of the big city of Portland which means it is in the northwest part of the state.
I got to go there once about four years ago. I have to say it is the exact opposite of the desert country here. It is GREEN. All year round it is GREEN. Except when it snows, which isn't that offten. It is a very small town about 1800 population. Most of the homes seem to be on large, country type lots. Everywhere you look are trees. Great big beautiful trees. All kinds of trees. It does rain quite a bit there, and many days you can't see the sun for the clouds. But I think that would be OK. At least they don't have as much wind as we do and not near the blowing sand. Some day I hope to visit there again.


  1. I've never been to Oregon but I did spend a summer visiting relatives in Port Orchard, Washington. Of all summers to visit, I was there when Mount St. Helens exploded. I was visiting an Indian reservation (I think it was called the Klamish or Klahamish tribe)when the mountain blew up. I was in the woods and the birds stopped singing, the sky grew darker, and my heart rate went through the roof. I thought it was the end of the world.

    Your town sounds beautiful. I can picture all the tall, green trees.

  2. BTW, I added your blog to my favorite links at my journal.