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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.