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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.

Tall ships are on the move

Brian and the Hawaiian Chieftain in 2008.

Brian and the Hawaiian Chieftain in 2008.

The tall ships are on the move again, and Lady Washington is doing a Columbia River tour. You can book passage with them from one of their ports of call to the next. So, for example, you could sail with them from Hood River, OR, up the Columbia, to the Dalles, OR. How amazing would that be?

I can’t even imagine seeing the Columbia River that way – from the middle, from a historic tall ship. It’s one of those things that not too long ago people couldn’t even do – getting a tall ship to successfully sail the Columbia was one of the United States’ stated goals! Amazing.

Here’s one more shot of the other tall ship from when we saw them in Newport in 2008!

Hawaiian Chieftain in Newport, OR in 2008.

Hawaiian Chieftain in Newport, OR in 2008.