View of the bridge crossing the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington. And just beyond, where the Columbia meets the Pacific Ocean. This is one of the most treacherous shipways in the whole world.
Last weekend, the DH and I took a short trip to the Oregon and Washington coast. Our first night was in Astoria, OR. Astoria is the first non-Native permanent settlement in the Pacific Northwest. It's a vibrant shipping town. While it has developed some tourism commerce, the community hasn't lost that sense of its hard working roots. I appreciate that. We very much enjoyed our time here. We walked the riverfront and roamed the neighborhoods. There is a very good maritime museum that explains how ships enter the Columbia from the Pacific. (It's a wild ride!)
Rose River Inn, where we stayed. Our room had a small sun porch with a view of the river. It was great!
An Astoria Riverpark that looks over the ships waiting to head further up the river (many to Portland)
Making tea on that Riverpark. That's me, all bundled up. It was breezy and cool, but still quite pleasant. I think the photo makes the weather seem worse than it really was. It was dry! :-)
The trolley is a lot of fun. For $1, you can get an hour's guided tour about the town's history and the riverfront.
Have you been to Astoria?