|More tunnels. They give me the creeps. |
Lexie doesn't seem to mind them... unless some idiot hits the horn.
|"Ride the Port of Tillamook Railroad" is the caption|
|We ate lunch below this sign on the roadside.|
|Entry to our campground is Astoria|
|We're second in on the row.|
|The jetty was built in the late 1800's. |
Question: How did they get those big rocks out there?
|The seashore from the jetty looking back down the Pacific Ocean.|
|Lexie "don't want to see no stinkin' wildlife".|
|The Wayner always looks at the cargo ships.|
|Looking into Astoria|
Astoria is the oldest town west of the Rockies and therefore established the US claim to the Pacific Northwest. Astoria is located at the mouth of the Columbia River and is sometimes referred to as "The Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" because of the Victorian homes that cling to the hillsides.
We found ourselves along the route to The Astoria Column we'd been told about by the host at the campground.
The Column reads from the base and goes like this: "Before White People Arrive" and then a chronological accounting from 1792 to the 1880's is depicted in pictures and words. The column stands 125 feet atop 600 foot Coxcomb Hill. The Seal of the State of Oregon is on top and the original cost of the column was $27,133.96. A narrow, winding staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the area. We did not go into the tower. Too narrow and steep for me.
Here are some views of the area from atop Coxcomb Hill though...
|From The Astoria Column grounds looking out to the mouth of the Columbia River|
|Per Wayne via binoculars: "I can see our campground down there in that clearing between those two groups of trees. I can't see Mona though" What am I going to do about that man?|
|Saddle Mountain is seen in the distance.|
We fed Lexie's dinner while we were at Coxcomb Hill at the Column and she took a short walk before we came home for the evening.