Oregon is a very pleasant state. Astoria is located at the furthest point of NW Oregon. The Astoria bridge to Washington is a 4 mile bridge over deep shipping channels and sandbars that inhibit maritime shipping at the point where the Columbia river meets the Pacific Ocean. This area is alive with the history of Lewis & Clark as this was the end of their journey west. After spending the winter at Ft Clatsop their westward journey terminated as they went home.
Museums abound. A sea captain’s home now hosts a wonderful museum with gardens in back.
The Oregon Film Museum used to be the County Jail. The courthouse is active next door.
Lunch on the shore of the Columbia River was an experience.
The view for my lunch
Embedded in the floor was glass that gave a look at the sea lions below.
A specialty of the house was the oysters with Jalapeno Jelly and cheese. Blue rock salt served as the base.
The tower has the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition swirled around it. Then the view from the top is just amazing.
Fort Clatsop was much smaller than I expected.
The different forts of the expedition
Astoria is in the far Northwest corner of Oregon. Going south we come to Seaside, Oregon. Mostly a tourist destination with large inviting beaches and home to classic car shows. Sightseeing in Seaside, OR. First up was a walk downtown where many of the cars from yesterday were parked on the street for display. A mural caught my eye as someone has tried to present all the tourist activities of this small seaside town.
Seaside hosts a small merry-go-round that brings smiles to children and adults alike.
The beach is just a short walk up Broadway Street. Visitors are greeted at a roundabout with the scene of Lewis and Clark at the end of their journey west.
On this day there were few people on this vast expanse of welcoming beach.
A walk further down the beach brings me to the Aquarium. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an aquarium on the beach before! Notice the skeletal form in the window.
Before leaving Seaside, OR I was initiated into the Elks. Now I have the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Club to find social interaction while I’m on the road.
Moving further south I visited Ecola State Park to view more of the Oregon coastline.
At Indian Beach I watched surfers challenge the waves.
A couple of views from Ecola point show the Haystack Rock formation and the nature of the Oregon coast line. Very similar to California’s coast line.
I just love these large Historical Markers along the road and capture them when possible.
Passing through small coastal towns as I work my way down to Tillamook.
Lunch in Tillamook at a 50’s style diner.
Touring the Tillamook Cheese Factory.
Of course this oddity caught my eye. An RV suspended above the road. I had posted this on facebook and received a few responses. One of the respondents even posted their own photo from a few years ago where this RV was in very good shape. Either the tourist industry is on a decline or these folks just are not maintaining this eye catcher.
I departed Seaside on Sept. 15 after playing pickle ball and watching a tournament. I traveled to Florence, OR where I stayed for the weekend. I spent those rainy days in the Adult lodge putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It is amazing how much time can be consumed with one of those puzzles.