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North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria September 4th 2018

Oregon 2018. Astoria. Yesterday we saw several deer crossing the road but unfortunately we saw several which had come to grief at the roadside. One thing that we thought was a great idea was the cycle tool stations on the cycle trails. The tools and track pumps were chained down so secure and still usable by all. The locals don’t seem to bother collecting free fruit here. Perhaps they have plenty of money, or they have lost the basic skills for baking. We saw apple trees galore with fruit falling on the floor untouched. The same with plums, which we appreciated greatly on our way into Vernonia. The occasional pear tree was also shedding its bounty and blackberries galore, which went well with my peanut butter sandwich for lunch today. The accommodation last night was extremely ... read more
Young’s Bay bridge.

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria September 28th 2015

Geo: 46.1881, -123.83This morning we both slept-in a bit. It was great. I laid in bed awake but watching the ocean roll by for a long time. I finally got-up around 8:00am but Kamie refused so I left him sleeping while I went to check-out more of the ship. I decided to walk the outer deck 3 which goes all the way round the ship – 3 laps is a mile I think. There were several others walking and it was windy and cool and fantastic. It was a great way to start the day. The shops opened at 9am and I decided to see if there were any sales. I still haven't decided whether I'm going to get that "I wish I was on a dam ship" mug or not. It would be a pain ... read more
An Empty Lido Deck Bar
Walking around Deck 3 early this morning
My selfie attempt while walking the deck

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria August 30th 2015

Eco Tour I was up bright and early today, it's an eco tour day. Megan and I tried to get a boat ride while she was here but the one outfit not fishing was booked. So I called him yesterday and he had one spot left for the morning. I had to be in Astoria by 9 am so I would have to leave here by 8:15am. I dragged Oscar out of bed and took him for a quick walk then headed south. I had to go over the big bridge again but thankfully this time the wind had let up and was not a factor. I arrived at the docks on time, found the skipper, Chris, and we headed out of the marina and under the big bridge. Different looking at it from this angle, ... read more
the docks
out of the marina
the now famous big bridge- it's 4 miles long

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria December 16th 2012

FORT CLATSOP The Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clarke finally struggled into the small bay at the mouth of the Columbia River on November 15, 1805. Plans for the expedition called for returning by sea aboard a ship that was to meet them at that location. Their long journey was unimaginably difficult and they arrived in an area that has the worst weather at that time of year on the entire continent. They arrived by canoe and paddled ashore to a headland on the north side of the bay, clamored to the top of it for a first view of the ship that was supposed to be waiting for them. It would have carried a crew of the only other white people they had seen in over a year. How ... read more
CANOE LANDING

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria September 19th 2012

THE BASICS We are dawdling somewhat, partly because we keep tailoring our plans to weather forecasts. In Seattle, we attended a Red Sox game (they won!), spent a day at Mt. Rainier, had a spectacular pizza at the beach in West Seattle. Then we headed off to the Olympic Peninsula, driving up the east side to Sequim and spending several days there. (For once, Wifi worked well, and we saw enough cable TV to be reminded how much of a waste of time it can be.) We happened to visit Port Townsend during the Wooden Boat Festival there, and that was very special. We spent a couple of days (and overnight in a hotel!) in Victoria, BC. We went up Hurricane Ridge outside Port Angeles and then continued down the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria September 27th 2011

Up early for stretch class but could not find it. wanted to ride bike but full and people were staying on too long. Rocking a lot so i did not like the front and went to breakfast. Ate green apples and bagel... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria September 26th 2011

Up early for stretch class but could not find it. wanted to ride bike but full and people were staying on too long. Rocking a lot so i did not like the front and went to breakfast. Ate green apples and bagel for breakfast. Really rough seas. Captain announced that Astoria port is closed and no ships can get in - so much for a camera. Hope to get it in San Francisco. 15 foot seas and 40 MPH winds. Lots of trivia today! Our names are on the list Cagney's so we can have luxury quiet breakfasts and lunches if we want. no eating with the hoi polloi-LOL. Cagney lunch was good. Nap time with the rolling seas and overslept trivia. Saw Oh What a Night show again and dinner in indigo with some very ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria August 3rd 2011

Well, it’s been a few days since I last posted, mainly due to a couple of much needed quiet days in Astoria, Oregon and one overnight in Pendleton, Oregon as we now make our way to Salt Lake City, Utah, via Boise Idaho. To recap: We had a winding drive out of Pacific City, on our way to the border of Oregon and Washington. Astoria, home of the winter encampment of the Lewis and Clark expedition is a small town on the banks of the Columbia River, right at the mouth of the Pacific Ocean. Our hotel room had a view of the river bank and each morning we watched the tides roll out and the seabirds land and feast. We arrived a bit too early and had to wait for our room to be ready ... read more
Fort Clatsop Landing
Goonies House
Goonies House

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria October 16th 2009

Having slept in a bed last night I thought I might not wake up early. To my surprise however, I was awake at the usual time and ready to get on my way…except I had to wait for the bike shop to open. So I ventured outside my motel room and across the street to a really nice wee diner. Again just like the movies. It was the first time I have eaten a "propper" breakfast in America so I was full of anticipation. I went all out and got pancakes, eggs, bacon and maple syrup YUM. I got chatting to the folks there who were really nice people and told them all about my ride and adventures only to find that when I came to pay the bill they had beaten me too it! I ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria October 16th 2009

I awoke to a grey sky this morning which is quite a change to the past week or so, but the wind was calm which was a great sign so I was off. Keen to get some distance in before the wind picked up. Just in time for lunch the clouds broke and out came the sun which was great. The cost has become much calmer over the last 200km or so which is nice because it means sandy beaches but its not so spectacular so theres not so many pics to show you all or so many stories to tell. I have however, finally met another person travelling north!! He is staying on the same campsite tonight and has been on the road for 7 weeks, taking his time along the way. In his 7 ... read more
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