I’m doing last week and this week in this post. We were on vacation from 8/11-8/21 with limited computer access.
O is for Oregon and P is for Pristine
My DH’s brother and SIL moved two months ago from Colorado to Astoria, Oregon two months ago. Since they won’t be there next summer (they’re only staying for 1 year) I wanted to get there before they left. DH and I have never taken a road trip longer than about 4 1/2 hours so this was going to be a challenge. Happy to say we didn’t kill each other and I did all the driving, 1530 miles!
We drove the first day from San Jose, CA to Medford, OR (I promise not to do a day by day report). I had us booked into a Roadway Inn that turned out to be a 1950-60’s Motor Inn. See how the cars are parked…..
Motor Inn circa 1950-60
The room was small but adequate for one night. We arrived in Astoria mid day Friday afternoon. This is the view from the deck on the back of the house.
View from deck on side of the house
We spent time out here watching the ships going up the Columbia River. We learned about The Bar, Bar Pilots and River Pilots. You can get a list of ships each day that are coming or going on the river to help you identify what you’re seeing. The bridge in the back is the Megler Bridge that makes Highway 101 continuous from the bottom of California all the way through Oregon and Washington. It was finished in 1966.
On Saturday we atteneded a parade as part of the Astoria Bicentennial Celebration. What fun; fire trucks, marching bands, home made floats, the Queen and her Court, clowns, woman who say you’re never too old to twirl a baton and much more.
We enjoyed Sunday with my brother and SIL who are from Tacoma but were visiting Portland. They drove over to Astoria to pick up some paintings we had been storing in CA and had brought up with us to give them We spent the afternoon at The Columbia River Maritime Museum which was awesome. If you are every in this area you have to stop in and see it to understand the area. We also went up to the Astoria Column, where my brother was the only one fit enough or not afraid of heights to go to the top.
Dan at the top of The Column in Astoria
The rest of the week was spent touring the coast from Long Beach, Washington to Umpqua Oregon. We stopped at most of the lighthouses along the coast, walked on some beaches and just enjoyed our time.
Here’s a slide show of the rest of the trip:
My P word is Pristine. The beaches, roads, rivers, even parking lots, the area in general was so clean. We compared it to the mess that is California (I’m a native so I think it’s ok to criticize).
Finally, as we left the far north of California, heading back to San Jose, we took a picture of pristine Mt. Shasta