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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 keep check on the navman!!) We hired a Ford ...
... the doubloon, and at the end when they emerge from the cave. Cannot overstate the importance of this movie.
Side note: if you're one of those people who hasn't seen the film, go watch it now. I'll wait.
We were going. With my mother willing to humor me on The ...
... one should always order Tillamook grilled cheese with bacon – delectable good choice!
About this time, the sun is starting to appear so we head out to Cape Meares State Park. It is on the northern tip of the Three Capes Loop. Here we have another lighthouse built in 1890 and restored recently – it still isn’t the vision I have of lighthouses as it was rather squatty. ...
... and wagons in the early days and even some Model A and T Fords in later years. Wouldn't have caught me on that puppy in low OR high tide. Some tree trunks we found wedged into what was a large cave (when the tide was out) and would have been under water in high tides and was quite unique. I do my best to NEVER go into a cave (remember we are in EARTHQUAKE country) but this one DREW me in. The logs had been there a long time ...
... levels of tsunamis. We got to talk about environmental effects that impact our living, building materials and even some physics an math as we spent time exploring and learning about tsunamis. They also had excellent displays on invasive species and how they impact the natural flora and fauna. We had a blast!
When we headed out to leave a few hours later, we were rewarded with the sun coming out of the mist and making our drive north absolutely beautiful. ...