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Astoria again

Spent the day in Astoria and touring underground bunkers and hearing stories.

20130526-162959.jpgBrian heading into the bunker at Fort Stevens

It was a good way to spend Memorial Weekend, I highly recommend going to Fort Stevens and doing the underground bunker tour. I learned a lot about American history, Oregonian history, and about Moses, a buffalo soldier stationed at Fort Stevens.

We went to Fort George for dinner, and took walks through Astoria. I love walking through towns.


March. Still cold. Still fun.

Some things I’ve done in the last two weeks:

Painted The Hall Of Doors orange and knit a rug for our downstairs bathroom.

Moose checks out the new rug in the bathroom.

Walked around a waterfall I hadn’t found before.

Brian at Latourell Falls, Oregon.

Latourell Falls, Oregon.

We followed the waterfall hike by eating at Full Sail. I really like their food. It’s hard to have us go there when Double Mountain is so close, but we were in the mood for burgers so we went to Full Sail. After dinner we did their beer tour which impressed me. I like them even more after that. Miller has tried to buy them numerous times and they keep saying no, they just want to make beer. The people who work for them seem really happy too.

Drank some beer at some of my favorite Portland places.

Tom Sr indicates his displeasure with his beer size (which as 18% ABV!!!)

Stayed out on a pier over the mouth of the Columbia River.

Tom Sr at the Goonies house.

We had Brian’s dad watch Goonies the night before we went to Astoria. We had a little extra time before we checked into our hotel, so we drove to the Goonies house so he could see it.

Broken pier next to our hotel.

I cannot recommend Cannery Pier Hotel enough. What a great place! The hotel was comfortable and well-appointed, the people were fantastic and the smoked salmon at the wine tasting was the best I’ve had this year. It was great! The hotel room is right out on the water, and they give you a list of all the ships going to Portland and overseas so you can use your room binoculars to check them out. And they have an antique car that will take you anywhere you want to go in Astoria. We took it to Rogue for dinner and drinks. Really fantastic.

Tom at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.

While we were in Astoria, we checked out the Maritime museum. I liked that too – it was larger than I thought it was (I burnt out about halfway) and we got to wander on a lightship before they had to shut it down for the day due to a strangely high tide (9 feet!).

Unusual 9 foot tide in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Drank wine at Torii Mor and picked up our wine from our wine club.

Did a whirlwind tour of Seattle when we dropped Brian’s dad off.

We showed him the waterfront (which he liked).

Tom Sr in Seattle.

We showed him Pike Market (which he didn’t really like. Too many people and hills).

Pike Market, Seattle, Washington.

We showed him the top of the Space Needle (which he liked).

Brian and his dad at the Space Needle.

Tom Sr and Brian in Seattle.

We had a quick happy hour at Ivar’s on the waterfront (we all loved that). We had some seafood and Brian and I had Manny’s beer which you can only get in Seattle and which we really enjoy. It rained all the way from Portland and all the way back, but it was clear, sunny and warm the entire time we wandered the city, just perfect.

Now we are trying to get back into the swing of things, which I am finding hard to do!

Sunday wander

Last Sunday, we sort of randomly decided to go to Astoria in the afternoon. We didn’t have any particular plans except to wander and maybe get some dinner at Fort George Brewery.

It was a fun afternoon. We were driving around looking at old (some of them pretty sadly boarded up) buildings. We pulled into a parking lot to get a closer look at the Flavel House (mansion?), and when I went to pull out, I noticed where we were. We were in the parking lot of the jail from the opening scenes of Goonies! I love Goonies so much, so we stopped for a bit longer so that I could get pictures.

Jail from Goonies, in Astoria, Oregon.

Jail from Goonies, in Astoria, Oregon.

We also drove over the Bridge to Nowhere (aka the Astoria Bridge) and paused on the Washington side to take pictures of a storm blowing inland. We drove up to Long Beach and turned around.

Storm over the mouth of the Columbia River.

Storm over the mouth of the Columbia River.

Fort George was pretty good! We had a taster tray, which gives you a taste of every beer they have on tap. It also includes a wasabi ginger ale, which really just tasted like water (and for $4 a glass, can probably just be avoided).

A good way to spend a Sunday and a nice reminder that we need to spend a night in Astoria soon.

Astoria Bridge from the Washington side.

Astoria Bridge from the Washington side.

Mouth of the Columbia River.

Mouth of the Columbia River.

New Things that happened on Tim and Jon’s visit

We saw the grave of a pioneer who traveled here after passing away and who was brought here preserved in whiskey.

We had a great wander through downtown Seattle visiting whatever struck our fancy. I really liked the Whisky bar we stopped at first. I wish it had been our last stop too. We were also rejected from going to a cabaret (really, it was for the best. But funny). We ended up at the grossest most terrible hick / red neck / frat bar before heading back to the hotel, but somehow Brian still managed to make a friend. Who gave him a big hug. hehe

Goonies sign
A sign in front of the driveway leading up to The Walshes’ house and also Data’s house from Goonies.

Driving to Astoria to visit Rogue Public House and the “Goonies” house, we drove on 101 through Washington from Seattle and saw how much damage a fall windstorm did to the forests.

Brian and I taught ourselves how to make tempura, and are constantly considering what we can now tempura. I wanted a tempura vegetable roll for our sushi, and we also decided to do a tempura bay shrimp roll (yum!). Sushi was great, but wow, I like making tempura.

Space Room
The Space Room on Hawthorn.

Tim and I went to the Space Room. Neat. We brought Brian back there the next day after Tim got a tattoo. I got spoken to about not smoking in the bathroom.

Leave Love Alone
The girls’ room door at the Space Room.

I wasn’t smoking in the bathroom, I was sneaking a camera into there to take a picture of the great door in the ladies’ room. O well. Brian had a creepy interaction with an off-duty cocktail waitress that still makes me shudder everytime I think about it.

Brian had a near-transcedental experience with ribs at Clay’s Smokehouse Grill on Division. Go there if you like ribs and smoked stuff, they are yummy and inexpensive. They have buck-a-rib specials until five on a lot of days and $1 Rainiers on tap. Which means for $4 you can get an excellent dinner.

We also saw a great gypsy-folk-punk band at the Edgefield and discovered a building we hadn’t yet explored on the Edgefield grounds.

Photography 2008

I’ve been meaning to put together a post of the best ten photographs I took last year. I had the pictures mostly picked out, and then got distracted so I thought I would post it today, better late than never.

It was interesting to consider a year’s worth of work and determine which I thought showed merit. It was a learning experience in itself to consider what makes a picture good, and what makes a picture merely mediocre.

These are not in any particular order, choosing a top ten was taxing enough!

Ironically, I have run into a bug recently on my laptop that prevents me from loading pictures directly through WordPress, so it’s funny that I’m getting around to it now.

Yaquina Bridge

Yaquina Bridge in winter
Yaquina Bridge in winter.

This bridge in in Newport, Oregon in the central coast. We spent the night at a bed and breakfast and when we got up, everything was frozen from a rare cold snap. The sand crunched when we walked on it. We walked on the beach for several hours, and when I saw an opportunity to catch one of my favorite bridges from this angle, I took it.

Boiler Bay in winter

Boiler Bay
Winter shot in Boiler Bay.

We have many shots of the ocean from Boiler Bay, but this is one I took in the winter. The light on the coast is more beautiful than anywhere I’ve been, ranging from deeply grey and misty to orange to bright white. I caught this shot on a day when the light made all the colors turn very strange colors. I did not adjust this picture other than to crop it and resize it.

The Sound

Puget Sound
Puget Sound.

We went whale watching in Puget Sound with my cousins. It was a great day to be out on the water. At various points rain threatened us but never it never actually did rain. Despite having fun trying to catch a whale with my camera, this ended up being my favorite picture of the day. I like that it is a color picture, but it could just as easily have been a black and white. This is what the Sound looks like to me, and it give me comfort when everything is grey. Can you tell I grew up in the Pacific Northwest?


Autumn Japanese Maple
Autumn Japanese Maple.

I think this is the picture I got the most kudos on in 2008. I have a friend back in our former neighborhood who I try to walk to see once per week. I always have my camera with me, and when I came across this beautiful Japanese Maple in the fall with the light shining through it, I had to stop. Strangely, I only took one picture, and this is it, so I am glad that it turned out the way I wanted it. My eye is improving I think.

Pretty Glass

Pretty Glass
View from the bar at the Timberline.

Brian and I joined my sister and her family at the Timberline for a celebratory meal and an incredible overnight stay (seriously, you should do this. It was spectacular. Bring a swimsuit.). Brian and I stopped off at the bar before dinner to have a cocktail, and I wanted this shot.

The View

View from the lighthouse
View from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

While we waited to make the climb up to the top of the lighthouse, I peeked into a few of the rooms. It was crazy windy out that day, and the salty sea spray was making everything dreamlike through the windows.


Five near Hood River.

I am lucky that Brian like exploring as much as I do. He’s completely comfortable with me asking to turn around to see something and is content to go on long drives just to see what we can see. This was a spot we found on the way back from Mt Hood one day, somewhere between Government Camp and Hood River, off the main highway. I loved the greys and both of us have a thing for good fonts in unexpected places.


Old truck in Shaniko, Oregon.

One of the wanders we took in 2008 was to a small ghost town in central Oregon. It was the wool capitol of the world at one point, but now there are only 9 or so people that live nearby. It’s been preserved with the intent of attracting visitors, but is interesting to walk around and peer into windows. I loved how blue the sky was in contrast to the rust, and the angles of the light, the roofs and the horizon.

Sunset over the Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere
Bridge To Nowhere in Astoria, Oregon.

This was a lucky catch of the sun, a storm, and a great reflection. I am fascinated by the light when I look at this, and definitely feel that this had much more to do with being at the right place at the right time rather than knowing my camera or framing the shot.

Where He Lives

Where He Lives
Brian at Seal Rock.

Another lucky photo walk. We love the Oregon coast deeply, and tidepool every chance we get. We will contentedly walk the shoreline for hours on end, sometimes just watching the waves, sometimes taking pictures, other times collecting shells. If we are taking pictures we often go our seperate ways, and it’s interesting later that night to see what the other person thought was interesting. I looked up, saw him jumping over a tidepool, and loved the rocks in the background. Click. Probably my personal favorite, even though I think technically and artistically some of the others are much better.

I’m going to attempt to do this in January each year. It will be a good experience for me to see what I’ve learned to do over the course of the year.