Steadfast at Cape Disappointment

Although the Columbia River bar is infamous for nasty surf — making it ideal for heavy-weather Coast Guard training — it’s usually no problem. The Steadfast, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter homeported in Astoria, cruised westward past Cape Disappointment through the mouth of the Columbia River en route to the Pacific Ocean at sunrise on Jan. 14 during the federal government’s partial shutdown. Cape Disappointment and its iconic lighthouse glowed in winter sunshine. Taken by Scott Redd of Bend, this telephoto image from the Oregon shore makes the cape appear closer than it actually is.

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