I grew up in a little suburb of Portland, Oregon.
Why did I live all of those years, just a half hour south of Fort Vancouver, and never visit it?
It's a real treasure, and one we now enjoy visiting with our grandkids.
I love finding interesting, fun and inexpensive things to do close to home.
For just a few dollars per adult, (kids are free!), you get a ticket good for a week.
Our grandkids all love going to the fort!
This photo was taken early spring.
This orchard growing outside the fort is now heavy with apples.
They also have a large garden growing near the fort entrance.
The blacksmith shop is a favorite spot of the grandkids.
The smithies are always patient to let the kids ask questions and to explain how things work.
Once, the blacksmith forged a nail for us and let us take it home.
My favorite things at the fort to see are the beautiful old housewares.
I think I'd feel right at home back here in the 1800's.
I even have two of those same old mixing bowls!
And you know how much I love transferware!
The handmade items in the woodworking shop are another of my favorite things to see at the old fort.
Look at the thick walls and deep windowsills with those beautiful paned windows.
I love this!
The fort even has a "jail".
The grandkids love shutting the door and pretending to be in prison!
Here are the two oldest grands checking out if the bed is comfortable in the captain's quarters.
They also have old uniforms for the kids to try on.
If you're visiting the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area,
I suggest adding the fort to your list of places to visit.
If you live in the area and have never gone to Fort Vancouver,
I highly recommend that you do!
Well, it's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a BLESSED weekend!