On January 23, 1806, exactly 210 years ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were camped out at Fort Clatsop along the Pacific Coast, close to what would eventually become Pacific Beach, Oregon. According to their journals, they were spending a lot of time documenting plants.
About 110 years later, my grandmother met my grandfather in this same area, when her mother was trading with the native tribes on the coast and my grandfather was in the Army’s Spruce division. They fell in love, and got married in Portland.
Today’s spoon commemorates Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the Pacific, as well as Portland, my family’s home in the early 20th century.