|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.