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What a river!!! We came to Astoria to see the mouth of the mighty Columbia River - it has not disappointed!!
We caught a shuttle bus from Vancouver @ 6am and arrived Seatac airport (Seattle) around 11.30, picked up the car and crossed our fingers and hoped we found our way to Astoria. We had a trusty map and a sat. Nav. (Rob likes to …
... to climb for a panoramic view). We elected to do the walk, but to skip the column. It was very nice...and both Cathy and I were surprised, given the relatively older demographic on this ship, at just how many of our fellow passengers walked as well. It seems that many of our shipmates are reasonably healthy, active travellers and that bodes well for our upcoming excursions.
On our way ...
We had a nice sleep in, waking after 9am. There were still a few droplets of rain in the cool morning air. For breakfast we had cereal and bagels scorched on the gas cooker, as we had no toaster.
Unfortunately, even though the ground is wet, there is a total fire ban in Oregon and Washington due to the forest fires north of here, so no camp fires allowed.
We packed up the camper and then headed off to The Mt St Helens information centre across ...
... go by. Oregon has fully embraced (or maybe invented) the locavore approach to food, and so Tillamook’s ice cream flavors include local ingredients. Sadly, they did not have any kale granola crunch the day I was there.
Back in Astoria, I went to Buoy Beer, a local craft brewery and restaurant, on the river for supper, mostly because they have a glass floor for viewing the sea lions snoozing on the pilings under ...
... Right up the road we visited the Blue Heron Cheese Factory, and the Tillamook Cheese Factory is also here, but a big line for the tour so we skipped that one and opted to go try out the Pelican Brewery offerings instead. We stopped next at Ft. Stevens State Park. Did another yurt here because of the rain. This was a really interesting area. We visited Fort Clatsop, where the Lewis & Clark, Sacagawea, expedition built, and spent the winter after establishing ...