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The Oregon Coast – Part 2

Astoria, Oregon

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Pirates & Goonies

Astoria was the setting for multiple movies; The Goonies (1985), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Free Willey (1993), Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), and Into the Wild (2007) to name a few.

The Astoria-Megler Bridge

The Astoria-Megler Bridge spans the Columbia River and links the Oregon and Washington sections of the Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101). The bridge is the longest continuous three-span through-truss bridge in the world. Amazing Feat of Engineering!

I cannot imagine being a settler in Astoria trying to travel across the mouth of the Columbia River by canoe! No Thank You! The 1st commercial ferry service did not arrive until 1921. Then construction began in 1962 of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

Interesting Facts:

  • 1,356 days after construction began, the bridge was ready for its dedication on August 27, 1966.
  • There would be a toll gate to help pay for the bridge. aka “The Bridge to Nowhere”
  • 1st year – 206, 216 vehicles crossed the bridge.
  • By 1993, more than 1.6 millions vehicles a year were crossing the bridge and the toll was removed on December 24, 1993.
  • Today about 6,000 cars a day cross the bridge! aka “Bridge to the World”

The Astoria Column

The Astoria Column is a tower overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River on Coxcomb Hill. The Astoria Column was built in 1926 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The 125-foot column has a 164-step spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck at the top.

Interesting Facts:

  • The tower was built in 1926 with financing by the Great Northern Railway and Vincent Astor, the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, in commemoration of the city’s role in the family’s business history.
  • The first Community Antenna Television (CATV) System in the U.S. was built in 1949 utilizing the column.
  • The spiral sgrafitto frieze on the exterior of the structure was painted by Electus D. Litchfield and Attilio Pusterla, the mural shows 14 significant events in the early history of Oregon with a focus on Astoria’s role including Captain Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River in 1792 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • At the top of the column is a replica of the State Seal of Oregon.

Scenic Views

Town Views


Fort George Brewery and Public House

Fort George is hip and happening, has a great vibe and great brews and the staff is friendly and knows the brews!

Brews Tasted:

  • Fort George Quick Wit; citrusy, floral, spice, smooth not bitter – Belgian Style ale with wheat
  • Fort George Vortex IPA; “designed to not rip the taste buds off your tongue”
  • Fort George Working Girl Porter; brewed with the addition of over 5 lbs of Working Girl coffee beans and chocolate – needed a major chocolate sweet treat to have with this porter.
  • Fort George Cavatica Stout; bold, black and leaves you wanting MORE! There are spiders on the can (the name honors the brewer’s affinity with arachnia). “This beer will stain your clothes.”

Mr. Craves had the Vortex IPA and I had the Working Girl Porter. Earlier at lunch in Long Beach, Washington we both had the Cavatica Stout and wanted to check out the brewery in Astoria, Oregon. Took a 4-pack of cans to go too; (1) Quick Wit, (1) Vortex IPA and (2) of the Cavatica Stout.

Fort George’s Vortex IPA came about during the cross-country truck trip the brewery made to find its home in Astoria it was nearly scattered to the cornfields of Nebraska by a tornado!

So Excited to Attend OBF in Portland for the Very 1st Time!!!

Your Brew is Served in a Mason Jar – Jelly Jars are offered too!

Astoria Brewery

Stopped by Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing Company for a Brew and Sweet Treat! Both of us had the Poop Deck Porter (name still makes me chuckle) and shared a (made fresh) Marionberry Cobbler with Oregon marionberries (have to try one or more of these berries – YUM!) and vanilla ice cream. The porter was dark and had notes of chocolate with a little something, something in the finish. If not in public, probably would have licked the cobbler dish clean.

Rogue Public House on Pier 39

Stopped in to check it out and pick up a t-shirt for a buddy.


One BIG Can of Shrimp!

The Funny and The Silly

Love that the Artist included the Egg!

(Photos by RSheridan)

That Concludes the Oregon Coast Tour!

The Oregon Coast – Part 1

The Oregon Coast

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Check Out – The Oregon Coast – Part 2

Heading to the Oregon Coast

Tillamook, Oregon

The City of Tillamook is located on the southeast end of the Tillamook Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The Tillamook area has fiver rivers, the Tillamook, the Trask, the Wilson, the Kilchis, and the Miami. Welcome to Dairy Farm Country! The farmland used for dairy cattle supply the Tillamook County Creamery Association’s production of cheese, particularly cheddar, ice cream and yogurt.

The Tillamook Cheese Factory

The Tillamook Cheese Factory is the Tillamook County Creamery Association’s original cheese production facility. Tours are self-guided. You cannot tour inside the actual cheese processing area, but can see the cheesemaking process and cheese packing process from the viewing gallery over the main production floor. I enjoyed watching the various processes going on. The Tillamook Cheese Factory hosts over 1 million tourists each year.

Cheese Anyone???

More Scenic Views

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach is best known by its famous landmark, Haystack Rock! Cannon Beach is pretty compact and pedestrian friendly. Famous Movies Filmed in Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park; The Goonies (1985), Point Break (1991) and Twilight (2008).

Welcome to Cannon Beach!

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock is located southwest of downtown Cannon Beach near Tolovana Park. Haystack Rock is 235 feet in elevation and often accessible at low tide. Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water. Haystack Rock is protected as a marine sanctuary as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Cannon Beach Public Library – Artwork on the Outside of the Library

Seaside, Oregon

Seaside is a Great Jumping Off Point to see the Oregon Coast! Seaside lies on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The Necanicum River bisects the city and flows out to the ocean at the city’s northern edge. Tillamook Head towers over the south edge of the city.

Interesting Facts:

  • In 1806, a group of men from the Lewis and Clark Expedition built a salt-making cairn to make salt from the Pacific Ocean to replenish their supply.
  • In 1912, Alexandre Gilbert was elected Mayor of Seaside. Gilbert donated land to the City of Seaside for its one and a half mile long Promenade along the Pacific beach.

Welcome to Seaside!

(Photos by RSheridan)

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The Oregon Coast

Shore Acres State Park in Oregon along the coast is a must see. Check out Simpson Beach and the formal garden which includes an oriental style pond and not one but two beautiful rose gardens.  I love taking pictures of roses. When we were here it was windy so layering is key and there is an observation shelter available. The sunsets were well worth the wait – gorgeous and magnificent. You feel like you are on the edge of the world as the sun sets.


(Photo by RSheridan)

Another park in this area is Cape Arago State Park and Cape Arago Lighthouse. We went on a “Lighthouse Frenzy” while visiting this area. There is Cape Blanco, Umpqua, Coquille, and Heceta Head. We visited Cape Blanco in the fog, Umpqua among the trees, Coquille in the calm of the river, and Heceta Head from the Sea Lion Caves.

I felt the Oregon Coast was a little more rugged in places with beautiful views to catch a sunrise or a sunset. My favorite place on our visit was Shore Acres and on a whim decided to check out Sea Lion Caves where you definitely see a sea lion or too (it is worth the trip down the elevator to the sea cave – great view of Heceta Head Lighthouse from the cave).

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