Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Cedar Creek Hatchery
Hebo, OR

Yay! We escaped!
A day to ourselves..
well sort of..
I still had a few work calls :-(

George and I took a ride north about 85 miles to Astoria.
It's a beautiful town, right at the mouth of the Columbia River.
But first, we stopped at Fort Clatsop.

Fort Clatsop was the encampment of the Lewis & Clark expedition
in the Oregon country near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806.
We were surprised at how small it is!

There were a few guides in period costume explaining life at the time...

...and a great little boardwalk trail that led down to the river..
the Lewis & Clark river.

Our next stop was the Astoria Column.

We did not climb the 164 steps to the top :-)
But we did admire the view!
Even though it was overcast all day,
the views were spectacular of the Columbia River,
Washington across the river,
and the Youngs River.

 Once we oooed and aaaahed about the view,
we drove down into town to get a closer look at the river.

We hopped the cool trolley that goes up and down the river walk.
It's only $2.00 each to ride all day.

Once we saw the river from there...we hopped off and walked beside the river.
We saw some big cargo ships..

and smaller sailboats..

There were even some California sea lions stopped on their way to CA..

One of our favorite places to eat in Oregon, has been the Rogue Public House.

We had a great lunch there, and a beer or two :-)
One place that surprised both of us was the old Bumblebee Tuna cannery.
A stroll through there was pretty cool!

I took tons of pictures, too many to post here.
Hopefully I can get them all uploaded to SmugMug when we have free wifi!

We really enjoyed Astoria!


  1. Great way to spend a beautiful day!!

  2. Astoria looks like a neat little city. Paul Dahl was there visiting his son. Wonder if he left his mark on the town. :-))

  3. If I could choose one place to live, it would be Astoria. We drove up through the city and all around…I think you walked in our footsteps. Amazing to see the big ships go by. It's such a vibrant and exciting place. Would move in a heartbeat if my situation was different. Thanks for the memories.

  4. Astoria is definitely on the list of places to visit!

  5. Astoria is on our list too. Looks like you had a wonderful day!

  6. I didn't leave my marks on Astoria, but I did leave lots of money there over the fours years our son was stationed there. We miss it a lot but not as much as our son, DIL and granddaughters do. They lived just a couple of block from the column. We rode the little train many times, have great pictures.

  7. $2 is a real bargain for an all-day trolley ride. Glad you were able to take in a spectacular view of "our" river. :-)

  8. I am going to visit Astoria again just so I can ride the trolley for $2.00. I only remember the house from "Goonies".

  9. All day for $2.00! Wow. Having never been to the northwest, looking forward to it next year. Gotta remember Astoria.

  10. I am so jealous of your travels. Glad life is deserve it. You are two of the sweetest people.