The Goon Docks
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
50Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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We thanked our gracious hosts, and hit the road early, headed toward Mount Rainier. We were planning on heading through this national park before ending our day's journey in Astoria, OR. Seattle had been a fun urban stop, and now we were ready for a bit of decompression time in a more rural setting. Astoria, you might ask? What’s there? Well let us tell you, friends. . . Astoria is home to probably the most incredible movie of all time, a movie that every child must see or risk growing up with no sense of adventure, and a movie that every adult must watch at least every two years lest they lose their sense of adventure! This movie is none other than: The Goonies. Probably Steven Spielberg’s crowning achievement. But first, another exciting national park. The drive to Mt. Rainier took about two hours, and we continued our progress into our latest audio book, "Undaunted Courage," learning more about Lewis & Clark’s westward expedition that crossed much of the same territory we had in our trip thus far
An hour or so later, we hopped back in the car and were headed southwest down the far side of the summit. Luckily for us, we passed another visitors center on our way out of the park, and this one was open! One stamp and one bumper sticker richer, we continued onward.
The drive to Astoria, took us out of the alpine meadows of Mt. Rainier and down into the coastal rolling hills of western Washington and Oregon. The air stayed surprisingly crisp and cool, and wispy blue smoke could be seen coming out of most chimneys we passed. Finally we crossed the Lewis and Clark Bridge and entered Oregon – the last state before California, wow
We skirted inland for a short bit, before finally emerging near the water again, driving right along the massive mouth of the Columbia River (the very river that Lewis and Clark finished their journey on!). A few minutes later we were in Astoria, a picturesque little town that reminded us a lot of the little places you find along the California coast. A quick search for budget hotels landed us at the Rivershore Motel, where the man at the front desk gruffly confirmed that indeed there were free wireless and complimentary breakfast. Not bad.
After dropping our bags in the room, we headed out on the town, mostly just to see a bit of it before dark, but also to find a tasty spot to grab some dinner. After a short tour, we ended up on the main street at a restaurant called T. Paul’s Urban Café, which had gotten good reviews on Yelp.com. The atmosphere was fun, with lots of crazy lights and a good piano man busting out some tunes right next to the kitchen. Mick got a seafood pasta dish, and Brit ordered a veggie quesadilla. We shared the two plates, and couldn’t resist ordering the chocolate cake a la mode to finish things off.
Then it was back to the hotel room, where a screening of The Goonies was mandatory preparation for the next day’s doings. . .
$30 - Gas
$55 - Hotel
$35 - Dinner