Set upon the south shore of the Columbia River in Clatsop county one finds a quaint fishing town whose economy is centered around fishing , fish processing and lumber. Old Victorian, mid-century heritage homes are built up on the hills which overlook the town and harbor. Very much like San Francisco.

The place we stayed in backed onto old train tracks and a pier. A great place for walking the dog. It wasn’t however a quiet place to be, that is if you were looking for peace and quiet as the pier was inundated with barking seals. All. Night. Long.


There is so much history surrounding Astoria. An expedition of Lewis and Clark found them wintering in 1805 and building Fort Clatsop. Surrounding the Fort is an old growth Sitka Spruce forest; beautiful huge trees.

One cannot leave Astoria without visiting two other very impressive sites; the Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Astoria Column. The Maritime Museum is not just your typical small town museum. this one covers the maritime history of the NW Oregon coast for the past 120 years along with the history of the fishing and canning industry of Astoria. Exhibits are life-size, some hands-on and others about the coast guard with actual radio SOS calls from days long past.

The other spot to visit is the Astoria Column. It sits high above the city on Coxcomb Hill and overlooks the Columbia river.It was built in 1926 to commemorate the historic events that transpired at the mouth of the Columbia River beginning with it’s discovery and ending with the railroad-in pictures.


As we depart Astoria I leave you with pictures of a very windy day at the beach and the views we see along our way…a boot left behind, herds of wild elk and the skull of a ship wreck for eons gone by.


Until next time…






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This blog is really about us, my husband Rick and I and our travels. We are retired with grown children and two granddaughters. We travel...exhilarating in new experiences and places and all that each day holds. We believe that life begins to fade once we fail to live into it anymore. So come along the way with us and enjoy the journey too!

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  1. Nice, keep up the great dialogue and photos as it’s very informative. My favourite time of the day is in the morning , with a coffee and a fire and your blog! Had a dinner with PJ and Liz at the Bavarian last night they leave on 2 nov. All is well here , colder than I remember for Halloween time. Speaking of Halloween…..what’ya going as?

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  2. Hi Nick, glad to hear you’re enjoying the trip with us. As for Halloween, I’m going as me. Novel idea, don’t you think? Maybe Rick is dressing up. You have any suggestions for him? You have grand-kids coming over to fill their bags of loot?

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  3. very impressive!! love the history, scene and column! even barking seals! wow, they’ve got heaps!! …i hope you get your boot back!! thanks for bringing the fun, photos and stories! i’m lovin’ it!! …pets to roo and hugs to you and rick.. thank you!! xox

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