Perhaps THE BIGGEST thing we miss that Covid has stolen from us, is our 4 o’clock gatherings. We like to invite neighbors over for an hour meet and greet. They’d bring their chairs, drinks and a snack dish, then we’d all have a gab fest. We look wholeheartedly to the time when we can do that again.
It’s been a quick two weeks here in the Long Beach area. There’s much history to discover here for the history buff and even if your not into history, you will stumble into it. Downtown has a statue of Lewis and Clark depicting the day they walked on this beach and carved their initials on a tree. The tree no longer exists but the event is written in the Journal.
We walked every other morning to and along the beach for a 4 mile jaunt, many times before breakfast. We found so many interesting things to take photos of, including Eagles, beautiful waves, fishermen and fog. Lots of fog, so much so the locals have been advising us that it’s cooler longer this year.
We drove a couple times across the Columbia River to Astoria for lunch at our favorite place. The iconic and legendary “Bowpicker” for fish and chips. Each time we made the trek, we waited 45’ish minutes to give our order! The Bowpicker serves ONLY one item, Tuna Fish and chips! You can order a “half” 3 pcs order or a “whole” 5 pcs order. That’s it ! They have canned drinks or bottled water too. If you’re in the area try it, but be patient. Each order is cooked to order with fresh, not frozen tuna!
In Long Beach, near the Kite Museum is the new, 2 year old Adrift Distillery. We stopped in to see what they produce and found the facility to be clean, and personnel very helpful. We tasted several of their wares and bought 2 items. If your a fan of small batched gins, liqueur and white whiskey we recommend a visit. Not far from the Kite Museum on a side street is a very unique place that rents out restored old trailers, kinda like a motel. Take your pick from 1950’s circa or 1960’s Shasta trailers for the night or for the week. Very Neat.
Also, if you’re in the area, don't forget to drive up the Peninsula to Ocean Park and then Oysterville. Oysterville was established as a town around 1875 as the Oyster Capital and still is by many standards. It’s a quaint little town with picture postcard houses...
Enjoy the photos!