October 27, 2013 — Today we drove from Tacoma, WA to Astoria, OR.
Astoria, Oregon is located on the south shore of the Columbia River. This is the Astoria-Magler Bridge that is 4.2 miles long.
“Astoria is situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor John Jacob Astor. His American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1811. Astoria was incorporated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly on October 20, 1876. The city is served by the Port of Astoria with a deep-water port.”
We drove over to Portland, OR and enjoyed their street fair that is held every Saturday.
We met up with our friends from Colorado, Dave and Karen Feeder at Camp RIlea in Astoria. It has been fun having some people to hang out. We enjoyed sightseeing every day, went to lunch or dinner and played cards every night. We all agreed that the best clam chowder is at Silver Salmon Restaurant in Astoria. (Mo’s in Lincoln City is second best)
The Astoria Column is a 125-foot tall column that stands atop 600-foot Coxcomb Hill and includes an interior spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck at the top. Designed to resemble the Roman Trajan’s Column, the Astoria Column was built of concrete and has a 12-foot deep foundation. The tower has 164 steps to the top, where there is a replica of the State Seal of Oregon.
John and Karen climbed to the top !!
Columbia River Maritime Museum
“The Columbia River Maritime Museum Association was founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep, a commercial artist and avid marine artifact collector. After a public fundraising campaign, the group acquired the Old Astoria City Hall from the Oregon Military Department, to house the new museum. The Columbia River Maritime Museum originally opened to the public in August 1963 and was later moved to its current waterfront location in 1982.
Visitors may experience what it is like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar, and live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. Huge windows make the Columbia River a living backdrop for exhibits that are interactive and touchable.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum collects and exhibits maritime artifacts from the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s all-donation collection exceeds 30,000 objects, 20,000 photographs, and a 10,000-volume research library.”
Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Park is in the vicinity of the mouth of the Columbia River, commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After reaching the Pacific Ocean, the Corps of Discovery camped at Fort Clatsop in the winter of 1805–1806. The parks also preserve several landing sites on the north bank of the river in Washington, and other sites in Oregon.
September 5, 2013
Today we all moved our rigs down to Lincoln City and stayed at Devils Lake RV Park. From here we drove down the coast to Depoe Bay and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Yaquina Bay.
We spent a day sightseeing. We drove to theTillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook and ate dinner at Mo’s in Lincoln City.
We only have 10 days to work our way down the rest of the Oregon coast and meet Steve and Sue in Yosemite by the 16th. So, we had to say good bye to Dave and Karen and promised we would meet again somewhere sometime.
We are now at the Mill Casino RV Park in Coos Bay, OR.
September 10, 2013 – We are leaving Coos Bay and heading for the Shoreline RV park in Crescent City, CA. This gallery of pictures are taken along the coast or Oregon….spectacular
September 10, 2013
Well, here we are in California. We in Crescent City for two nights. We are staying at the Shoreline RV Park. We ate at the Chart Room Restaurant….great fish & chips, claim chowder – not so much.
I am going to close the Oregon chapter of my blog. This country is awesome. There is too much to see and do. We’ll have to plan another trip over and take more time enjoying the coastline or Oregon. We are now going through the redwoods and heading toward Yosemite.