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Monday, October 26, 2015


This past Saturday I decided to drive to the Northern-most part of the Oregon coastline.  I made it all the way up to Astoria and the whole time I was discovering this beautiful city I kept glancing over at the bridge that crossed the Columbia River into Washington.  I just couldn't resist because I had never been to Washington before.  I left the house at 7 a.m. that morning and made it home by 10 p.m.  I had such a beautiful day.  Here are some pictures of my adventure.
What I loved most about visiting this factory was the reminiscence this cheese brought to me...when I was growing up my mother would only use Tillamook cheese and when I learned to drive and she would send me out for groceries she would always tell me to make sure I got the Tillamook brand...ONLY!!!

Tillamook is also pretty famous for this Air Museum, which I didn't have the time to stop and see (next trip).

I never did learn what this was but as you enter the outskirts of Astoria it is in the field there.  The top was burned and it was full of weeds, but not an old silo.  The Astoria Tower was about this tall, but I didn't get a picture of it.

 Astoria harbor

Growing up we used to watch the tugs and barges and freight ships go by our window as they went about their work.  Something I learned Saturday was that when you see the red part of the barge you know it is empty because when it is filled up it sinks down to point that you only see the black part.  I just used to think they were all different ships.  That's pretty cool.

 Part of downtown Astoria
 This is the Astoria Riverfront Trolley which I rode for an hour up and down the riverfront...

 This is John...He was the conductor at the end of the Trolley I sat on.  They have a conductor on each end so one conductor drives ones direction and then when they reach the end of that the other conductor takes over from the other end and drives the other direction while the first conductor tells stories and facts about the town.  John told a true story about how this town was famous for its shanghais...There are still three buildings in town where the floor drops out to water below where a boat would be waiting...after they conked a person on the head to knock them out they would drop them through the floor to this boat and then be taken to another country or sometimes killed.
 I love this is in Chinook, 
 On my way into Ilwaco, Washington
 I wanted to go to Cape Disappointment but didn't make it...
 The entrance to the beach in Long Beach, Washington

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