This is Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment. It’s an odd name for a beach in the Pacific Northwest. The water is chilly year-round, the weather is wonderfully temperamental, and there’s nary a coconut tree in sight. So why the moniker? Turns out it’s named after a dead body. According to Columbia River Images, a Hawaiian sailor washed up here in 1811 after his ship wrecked. And that, as Paul Harvey would say, is the rest of the story…or at least part of it. It would be interesting to know who the sailor was.
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