The town of Astoria is named for John Jacob Astor, the fur-trading magnate. It is the oldest settlement west of the Rockie Mountains dating back to Lewis and Clark. The town is nestled at the mouth of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. The long bridge on the right is the Astoria Bridge which spans four miles and connects Oregon with Washington State.
|We spent a week in Astoria and most days it was cool and foggy. In the afternoon the sun would peak through for a few hours.|
|Many of the buildings by the waterfront have walls painted with old-time city views.|
|A city trolley takes tourists for a ride.|
|The estuary of the Columbia River is extremely dangerous. No ships are allowed to enter the river without a pilot boat leading them through.|
|Barges pull goods up the mouth of the Columbia River.|
We drove around Astoria to see the older stately homes and saw a beautiful old church. As we were taking pictures the custodian of the church asked us if we would like to come in and view the inside.
|The Presbyterian Church built in 1903.|
|An antique organ.|
|A wooden umbrella bench as you enter the church. In Astoria I'm sure it is used a lot.|
|The ceiling is made of sculpted wood and the original organ pipes are still in use.|
|All the windows were original stained glass.|
We went over the bridge to Washington to see RVing friends we had met while staying near Crater Lake.
We also spent a day in Long Beach, WA, at a sand castle festival.
|It was a beautiful, sunny, day and the water looked so inviting. We saw many young people wading and playing near the water's edge but there were signs up along the beach banning swimming because of the dangerous riptides.|
|Dogs and horses were allowed on the beach and everyone was having a great time.|
|A young pony walking along with the other horses.|
|The sand castles were unreal. Several were done by 'professionals' but most others were amateurs. While we were there everyone was waiting for the judging to begin.|
|Hard to believe these sculptures are made from just sand and water.|
|This one was titled, "First Kiss".|
While in Astoria, several people told us about a restaurant in town that was famous for its fish and chips. We decided to try it out one day for lunch. They said the restaurant was an old ship but had great food.
|This is the Bowpicker.|
|Their only menu.|
|The main kitchen where you placed your order.|
|It was a very busy place and people were waiting in line..|
|Brett carrying our order down. We found a place at a picnic table and dug in.|
|We also visited one of the state parks that had this old shipwreck sitting on the beach.|
|It was a sailing ship called the Peter Iredale and it wrecked in 1906.|
|The section near the front of the picture is a smoke stack from the ship. Most of the ship appears to be buried under sand.|
|Water and wind piled sand against the south jetty, building the shoreline up and out. The shoreline is now a mile further west than when Lewis and Clark were here in 1805.|
Since we were in Oregon we had to drive down the coast and visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They had a section with free samples of their cheese varieties. We went through it twice......you know Brett and cheese ! We also had several scoops of delicious Tillamook ice cream. Yummmmm.
|Here it is and the place was hopping, with visitors and workers.|
|There was a self-guided tour where you could watch the cheese being processed. Approximately 1 million pieces of cheese are packaged a week by two shifts of workers.|
|Aged blocks of cheese are cut into individual pieces on three different packaging lines. Each piece is run over a scale called a checkweigher. Off-weight pieces are directed to the side. Underweight pieces are patched; overweight pieces are trimmed.|
|The work is fast paced and the people are on their feet all day. I wouldn't want to do it.|
|This part of the coast was beautiful and sunny.|
|We wished we would have stayed here.|
|Maybe on our next trip.......|
|Areas where the trail was failing they used large pieces of lumber to cross over.|
|As we climbed higher we saw many flowering plants on the rock formations. You notice the photo isn't real bright......|
|There were also fields of wildflowers everywhere..........those that we could see.|
|As the view disintegrated, so did the trail. The park service put down loose chunks of gravel with a wire mesh over the top. This held the trail in place and probably would have been okay if it was dry.|
|This is the Astoria Column sitting above the city. It has 125 steps to the top with a panoramic view of the whole area.|
|Some more views of Astoria, Oregon.|