Saturday, July 18
We slept in a bit so didn’t head out until about 11:00 AM. We drove through the the little town of Long Beach and noted a few places we would like to check out later but had decided we would first go to the farmers market in Ilwaco and then go back over the bridge to Astoria. The farmers market (Ilwaco) was down in the port so it was very scenic. There were a few vegetables I had never seen before like, round zucchini and squash and white and red potatoes the size of grape tomatoes. Unfortunately our pantry is full and we have plans to eat some of the local fare so we don’t need much. We did get some Rainier cherries and peaches but that was about it.
We than headed to Astoria. We parked and walked around a bit looking at some of the historical buildings. There is a lot of history and a lot to look at. It was an unusually warm day for Astoria s the temperature was in the high 80’s so we when we discovered the Ft. George Brewery and Public House. The building back in the 20’s and was an automotive service station. We had a cold beer and shared a hummus platter as we wanted to leave room for other treats if we discovered them. We continued our walk and decided to drive over to the water. Just as we parked, we discovered a trolley that we could ride for $1 and it gave us a tour of the Astoria waterfront. It was, and still is, a major cannery business for tuna, salmon and crab and at one time, there were over 200 canneries along the waterfront. Many of the buildings are gone but there are several that are still standing and the old Bumble Bee (Starkist) cannery has been turned into a museum and part of it has become a mini-brewery. They also pointed out the two houses that were used in the movie “The Goonies”. I guess I’ll have to watch the movie now so I can spot the houses, they talk about it a lot so it was evidently a big deal here. We jumped off the trolley at the Cannery Pier and stopped in a restaurant and tried a couple of appetizers. I had the fried curd cheese which was quite good and Steve had the fried oysters which were not so good. We toured the old Bumble Bee cannery and it was pretty interesting to see all of the old equipment that they used. After that we were back on the trolley and decided to head back over the bridge.
Long Beach is a peninsula and since our campground was about ¾ of the way down, we decided to go ahead and drive to the end and checkout the couple of little towns that were north of us as well as the state park. We were hoping to get to the tip so we could take some pictures but found that the parking lot ended about 1 ½ miles from the tip and we were not up to the hike. We tried a short route hoping to get close enough for a few pictures but could only catch a glimpse of the water through the trees, the remainder of the path was straight downhill. We stopped briefly in Oysterville and would like to come back when they are open and try a few Pacific oysters.
We headed on back to the RV park and rested up a bit until it was time to head down to the beach to catch the sunset. It was very pretty and we got several good pictures.
By this time we were pretty exhausted so it was time to call it a night. Steve went on to bed and I sat up so I could get today’s events posted.
Tomorrow, we have another list of things to do, there are a couple of light houses to check out, the Astoria Sunday market which is supposed to be the biggest in Oregon, Starbucks to use Wi-Fi and whatever else we find along the way.
(SbS: While in the micro-brewery in Astoria ran into a young (in his 40’s) biker. Had his new Harley and was out getting a sunburn in the hot weather. Ask him if his wife was happy with his adventures, and answer was: My daughters left, taking their mother with them, so I am really happy out biking. Love meeting people on the RV road).