Good morning from Astoria, Oregon! My mom and I decided a relaxing and fun Oregon Coast drive was the perfect way to check off Oregon from the bucket list. One of my goals is to visit all 50 states in the USA. This trip to Oregon marks off my 43rd state.
It’s me in Oregon:
Astoria is about a 90 minute drive from Portland’s airport. The drive is pretty and very easy, taking you in to Washington, criss-crossing the Columbia River. The Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean near Astoria.
I liked this museum! I learned some things too. In 1813 (as part of the War of 1812) the British controlled Astoria! I didn’t realize the war stretched to the Pacific.
Where the fast moving Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean makes for one of the most dangerous stretches of water to navigate because of the powerful waves. The museum had a lot of exhibits on the ships that have sank or were destroyed by the powerful waves.
The Astoria Column is a tower high up on the hill in Astoria. The 164 stair climb up the winding metal stairs was not too terrible and the views were incredible.
From the bottom looking up:
I could see Mt. St. Helens volcano off in the distance. You could pick it out right away, it looks like a volcano!
I am not scared of heights nor fond of them but I stayed away from the edge because the metal bars were skinny. If you are afraid of heights (or don’t like climbing stairs) come to the Astoria Column anyway but bring a picnic because the views are still great on a clear day. $2 per car donation is recommended.
Our hotel for the night was the Hampton Inn by Pier 39. It is brand new and was right on the water!
We did not pay extra for a balcony room which turned out to be a good idea. Sea Lions sun and sleep on the rocks nearby the hotel. They were honking loudly all day and night. You could still hear them when I shut the window but barely.
Dinner was at Clemente’s, known as the place to get seafood in Astoria. Mom talked them into getting some clam chowder from the lunch menu. Good choice Mom! It was creamy and full of clams- so delicious!
I ordered the halibut for my entrée which was cooked perfectly and was very tasty.
Mom ordered the Rockfish and Chips which was also very good- the batter was to die for.
Overall, an excellent welcome dinner to Oregon. More from Astoria, Oregon soon- including movie sites from The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop. A lot of movies were filmed in Astoria but the Goonies is one of my favorite movies.