Sunday, July 19
Again, we slept in and got a late start but we stopped by Long Beach to check out some of the sand art from the Sandsations Festival. We then headed over to Astoria for the Sunday Market. It was large but nothing in comparison to the Portland Saturday market. But it was a nice day and a fun way to spend the day. I purchased a bunch of fresh lavender and Steve found some bakery items for desert tonight.
After a few hours at the market, we went to the Flavel House Museum which is an old Victorian home that was owned by Capt. George Flavel who was the first bar pilot for the Columbia river. The house was interesting and the view very nice. Many of the furnishings are original and they provided prices for many of the items in the house which was interesting to hear the price of items from the 1800’s.
We than returned back to Long Beach where we stopped at Port Ilwaco for some halibut sandwiches and than returned back to camp. We decided we would wait and check out the lighthouses on Monday hoping it would be a clearer day. The evening was very overcast so no sunset tonight.
Lots of pretty pictures for the day.
Monday, July 20
Long Beach Lighthouses
We first went in search of the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. We stopped and took some pictures from various spots within Cape Disappointment State Park before parking and taking the ½ mile hike to the Lighthouse. That was ½ mile hike up and downhill by the way through a jungle I might add.
Once we arrived we took some really nice pictures but the lighthouse was not open to go up so we just rested a bit before hiking back down the trail. We did run into a really cute 3 year old and her pregnant mother who walked all the way down with us and stopped several times to wait on us, go figure.
But we made it down and headed to the next North Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse was a short walk and we were able to go inside the lighthouse and walk up the stairs. This lighthouse is in very poor condition on the outside, they are just beginning the restoration process.
After the lighthouses we returned to the little town of Long Beach and walked through the town. Pretty beachy and touristy, not much different that the beach towns on the east coast so we returned back to the RV to begin preparing to leave tomorrow for Aberdeen.
We’ve had a slow leak in one of the tires for over a week and it appears to be getting worse so we will take it in to get checked out and the closest place is Aberdeen. It is less than 2 hours away but in a new direction so hopefully it will be interesting.