Thursday, July 24, 2008 – Astoria, Oregon

After checking out of the Rosebriar Inn, we started our tour of Astoria.  There are many Victorian houses and a large column, the Astoria Column, at the highest point in town.  It shows the founding of Astoria and honors Clark and Lewis.  (Lewis gets way too much credit and I’m a Clark.)

Astoria column

Then we went to Fort Clatsop where Clark and Lewis wintered in 1805.  They really don’t know the exact site but it was an interesting little National Park.  From there we went to Fort Stevens State Park to see the wreck of the Peter Iredale, a  British ship that ran into trouble in 1905.  The picture is the hulk of the ship on the sand looking from one end to the other.

Peter Iredale shipwreck

We then went out and looked at the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean, had fish and chips (meh) for lunch and checked into our new hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, where it’s “a good thing to sleep under a bridge.”  This is a picture taken out of the window in our room.  Yay! for clean. Yay! for big, comfortable king bed. And yay! for no ants!

Under the bridge

 

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