California, Oregon, & Washington 2010 travel blog

A Log Yard Along the Columbia River. There Are Alot of Logs...

The Astoria Column

Looking Toward Washington Across the Columbia River

Looking South From the Column

One of the Canoes at the Column Park

8th Street in Astoria--Ask Micheal How the Drive Up Went With His...

The Washington Coast at Cape Disappointment

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Lots of Rocks Leading to the Sea at Cape Disappointment

The Light Keepers Home at Cape Disappointment

We traveled back to the sea today--to Astoria, Oregon, on the coast where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The drive over to Astoria was only about 100 miles so we arrived about 1 PM and we had time to see a few sites. We took off after a brief lunch to see the Astoria Column. It is a local landmark that is on a high hill so you get a view of the area around Astoria. The Column was built by the railroad and has the history of the area presented in a spiral pattern around the column. The Column was designed by an Italian artist, Attilo Pusteria, who use a combination of paint and plaster carvings called "Sgraffito" to make the design. Since rain is predicted tomorrow, we decided to go to the Column and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment. The rain held off and we had a great afternoon. The Columbia River is over 2 miles wide at Astoria and is really beautiful. Two ocean going freighters were anchored in the River near town. The views at Cape Disappointment that is in Washington were great. I can only imagine how much rain falls in that area in the wet season--everything is green with lots of moss.

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