Crossing the Bar
The entrance to the Columbia River is fabulous is many respects, and is usually considered one of the most dangerous navigable bars in the world. Because of the many tragedies that have occurred in this area it has been given the name 'Graveyard of the Pacific'. In fact, 250 vessels have foundered while attempting to make or leave port. -- Quote from Columbia River Entrance History by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 73

I don't have any pictures since I haven't done it yet. Instead, here is one of my favorite poems, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Crossing The Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

No, wait! I did it! On Wednesday August 6, when the weather was really calm. By uncanny coincidence this day happened to be the birthday of Alfred Lord Tennyson and during my drive to the put-in I couldn't believe my ears when NPR aired a reading of Tennyson's poem "Crossing the Bar". Its true. Honest!

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