Astoria is a really cool town, with lots to see, but no reasonable place to stay. So we took a day trip down from Long Beach to see the highlights.
The Astoria Column is one of those highlights. Dedicated in 1926, it is 125 feet high, on the top of Coxcomb Hill, and shows the early history of the area, including the arrival of Lewis and Clark over 200 years ago.
The handpainted spiral pictures would be 500' long if unwound.
I trudged up the 164 step spiral staircase to get a beautiful view of the town, the mouth of the Columbia River, and the bridge we went across to get here.
A lot of the buildings by the river used to be canneries.
The river is a very busy route for cargo ships.
We visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
But I couldn't wait to go see the sea lions down at the docks.
They look nice and calm here -
But take a look at this short video. The noise is constant as they argue and climb over each other.
Now for my very favorite place around Astoria - the remains of the Peter Iredale, a ship that ran ashore here in 1906. Phil took this picture of me taking pictures of the best piece of rusty stuff ever!
Just look at that rusty detail!
I took about a zillion pictures.
The ship was 285' long, and these posts were at the back end.
All too soon, it was time to head back across the Columbia River to Long Beach. They were doing some work on the bridge. Those are some serious tarps.
And I recently got some more pictures of Asha! She's getting so big! And just look at those muscles - maybe she'll be a champion swimmer like her daddy...