Sat. August 13: Astoria, OR

Saturday August 13: We drive out to the coast. First to Cannon Beach, the town is lovely but the fog hasn’t burned off.  We go out on the beach but can’t even see the Pacific Ocean. : (  We eat lunch at Bill’s Tavern, a place Ron and I haven’t been to in over a decade adn that Uncle Richie used to take us to! Glad it’s still here, now I can enjoy a Marionberry beer!  Then we try to see Haystack Rock, well known to Goonies fans, but again the fog is too thick. So we head North to Astoria and visit with Chrissy’s Aunt Joanie!!!! So happy she’s back in Astoria and it’s great to meet her new hubby, John.  We tour the town and then meet up for dinner at the Fort George Brewery and Public House.

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Cannon Beach, a cute little coastal town. Shops, galleries, and great restaurants.

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The beach!!!! Way out in the distance beyond the fog is the Mighty Pacific Ocean!

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I get the Blackberry Beauty, a fruity wheat ale. Can’t believe we forgot the Growler again!!!

 

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Bill’s Tavern, Ron and were last here almost a decade ago! Cannon Beach now has 3 Breweries, but you can’t beat the original.

 

 

 

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Nancy can’t believe there are signs for this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chrissy stops along the road from Cannon Beach to Astoria to pick some berries! YUM!

 

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Astoria is the Northern most city in Oregon.  In 1811 Fort Astoria was built and a fur trading company was established the following year by John Jacob Astor, the town’s namesake.

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Welcome to Astoria, the oldest European-American settlement west of the Rockies! This is where Lewis and Clark ended their 2 1/2 year expedition to explore the land west of the Mississippi River.
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On the drive in we can see the Megler Bridge that leads to WA.
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The view down Commercial Street.

 

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We stop in to see Chrissy’s Aunt Joanie who just moved back to Astoria with her new husband!  Uncle Richie and Joanie lived here for years and I have fond memories of visiting them and exploring Astoria.  She gives us good tips of what to see around town and we plan to meet up for dinner.  There is a regatta going on and she is going to the parade and to hear live music!  We also popped into the Visitor’s Center and got the scoop on the Goonies House and school used in Kindergarten Cop.

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The white house with black roof and curtains in the front window is the Goonie house. This is as close as we can get.
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This is the school Arnold Schwarzenegger used to shoot Kindergarten Cop in 1990.

 

 

 

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Nancy spots one of the free lending libraries in town. They say, “take a book, leave a book.” She just happens to pick, “How to become a Legend”.

 

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We find out there is a trail named in honor of my Uncle Richie that leads to Cathedral Tree. This trail is near his house, he used to walk us in this forest. It is here that I saw my first big yellow slug!

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Whoa!!!! I almost step on this, (that would have been squishy!) But Ron spots it on the trail! Now Ron and Nancy can see what I meant!

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Almost there, you can’t tell how large it is until…
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…we stand inside the roots!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As Captain Clark said in his journal, “Ocian in view!”, except that this is only the Columbia River. He didn’t know they had not yet reached the Ocean.

 

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One tree lovingly is joined to the other by their roots.

 

We drive up to the Astoria Column, we could have hiked the rest of the Richard Fencsak Trail, but decide this is faster.  The Column stands atop Coxcomb Hill, 600 feet above the town.  It stands 125 ft tall and has 164 steps to the top.  The Column was designed in the fashion of a Roman column with bas-relief pictures depicting the early explorers of the Pacific Coast.

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Counting the steps as we go. 1,2,3…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100, 101, 102…

 

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Almost there!

 

 

 

 

 

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We made it! The view from the platform at the top! Hi Nancy!
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A panorama of the view. Very tricky way up here!
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Ron’s view.

This is a view of the Megler Bridge that we saw as we drove in to Astoria.  This bridge is 4.4 miles long and takes you to Washington across the Columbia river.  Where the bridge is lower in the water, sand bars can be seen during low tides! The bridge rises as it goes over another channel near the Washington Coast.

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Chrissy’s view.

 

 

 

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It’s still so foggy even in the afternoon!

Ron, Nancy and I walk along the riverwalk.  Astoria is home to a few microbrews, riverfront dining, shopping along Commercial Way and the Maritime Museum where Uncle Richie used to work.  It is also home to his store, Bikes and Beyond, now run by his partners.

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Look who we spot walking the plank, I mean the street! Wish we had some to rum! Yo ho!

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The Astor Hotel, now apartments.
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Dinner at the St. George Brewery and Public House with Joanie and John. We watch the sun set over the Columbia.

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