Creating Memories at Fort Vancouver

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Creating memories with my family is the most important thing. When I was younger, I took the little things for granted; like, our yearly trip to Fort Vancouver to celebrate America's birthday. Every July 4th we would pack up the coolers with snacks and cold drinks and make our way across the Columbia River to the old fort. We would spend the day there. Throwing the Frisbee around. Playing catch. We  would walk around the grounds of the fort to get snow cones in red, white, and blue from one of the local food carts. Music blared through the speakers on the lawn from local musicians singing songs like "America the Beautiful," and "God Bless the USA." The highlight of the evening was watching the fireworks go off in the night sky, lighting up the fort in a sea of bright lights in golden, white, and other colorful sparks.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably notice that most of our photos are took at the historic fort. If you don't follow us on Instagram, you should. We're pretty awesome!

We love Fort Vancouver during all the season's! There is just something magical about experiencing all the different seasons at this beautiful and historic monument. My personal favorite at the old fort's during the summer when the English Garden is in full bloom. It is the most beautiful garden that I have ever seen and strolling through it and the blooms omit a wonderful odor that is both comforting and calming. My children love running through the ivy tunnel in the garden and starting at honey bee's while they gather pollen. 

Keep in mind that there is A LOT of awesome activities at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that we do not do with are kids due to age and the fact that their little legs can only walk for so long before they get tired. You can learn about those options here

These are a few of our favorite spots to visit as a family when we go here:

- Walk the English Garden and smell the sweet aroma of all the flowers and the plants. Many of the vegetables and flowers are varieties from the era back in 1826.

- Take a tour of the old Fort and watch the blacksmith hard at work. Watch him craft tools used from the era. And while you're at it, check out the Bake House and watch the bakers make sea biscuits as well as the Carpenter Shop too. You'll get a taste of what life was back in the day.

- Watch the airplanes take off at Pearson's Airfield.

- Check out the oldest apple tree in Washington state. Planted back in 1826, it's considered the matriarch of the Washington state apple industry. 
*If you are around the first Saturday in October, check out the Old Apple Tree Festival. The Urban Forestry Commission gives away cuttings from the old tree for visitors to take home and replant to start your won legacy with the matriarch.*  
We plan on attending this event and taking our own clipping home to plant this October.

- Visit the English cottages and see what it was like to live like back in 1826.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. This special place has a lot of meaning to our family and I love that I get share one of our favorite places in Vancouver, Washington with you. If you ever get a chance, come and visit.  

I hope you have a wonderful day. See you soon.

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