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Ilwaco-Long Beach Pacific Coast Tour Aug 30

Long Beach

This is a classic tourist town with souvenir shops, fudge, ice cream, etc. Flower baskets and small parks were on several corners. The beach is not only long but very wide and cars are allowed to drive on it. Small shelters were provided on the beach as wind breaks. This was the weekend of the really big tattoo and music festival.  The posters in shop windows listed the tattoo artists here from places as far away as New Orleans.  March's Free Museum was the destination shop on the main street. I was impressed with the large collection of old fashioned coin operated entertainment machines.

World Kite Museum

Kite flying is big here with the constant winds on the beach. A couple of weeks ago there was a one week long kite festival. The town was jammed with people. The museum is very interesting with kites of all kinds from countries all over the world. Kite fights are popular in some areas. One whole room is devoted to the use of kites during WWII. One exhibit showed how kites were used by navy gunners to practice shooting down planes. The kite was painted to look like a war plane and an operator controlled its flight path.  A second exhibit showed a barrage kite that flew on 2,000 foot long piano wires above a ship. If an enemy plane flew into the wires a wing could be cut off. It was the air equivalent of a mine field.

Cape Disappointment

This is the location where the Lewis and Clark expedition first saw the Pacific completing the mission given to them by President Jefferson. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is located on the site of a fort built in the Civil War and used all the way to WWII. 

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