My parents were here visiting for a few weeks in October/November. They've taken off after retirement on an adventure across the US in their fifth wheel trailer, and are blogging about all their adventures here at Year of Adventuring.
One adventure we got to join them on was in Astoria, Oregon. I've been a few years ago, but not recently: it's always a nice visit to that rain-soaked fisherman's town. I recently got the chance to write a feature about the gorgeous Cannery Pier Hotel and it's sustainability efforts for The Wayward Post. You can read it here!
We took advantage of the spots without rain to visit the Astoria Column: Edda mostly loved walking up the steps outside. I forgot about this, but in the gift store you can buy balsam wood planes, which you can carry up the column and toss out to see who's goes furthest. A couple next to us had them, so we got to watch the wind spiral one into the forest far away.
We went to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which is always a good time. They had a volunteer demonstrating rope-making, so Jesse and my dad got to work together to twist a rope into existence. We also visited The Flavel House, a gorgeous old mansion: again, Edda's favorite activity was to walk up and down the steps.
We ate at all our favorites: Bowpicker Fish'n'Chips, Ft George Brewery, 14th Street Coffeeshop, Brunch place, and even a tiny shop that gave us samples of candied salmon. My parents were not a fan, but Edda gobbled it up.
The last day we ventured outside to catch glimpses of the ocean at Ft Stevens. It would be a fun place to hike around and explore but not in the rain with a cranky toddler. We also stopped by Fort Clatsop for some educational time on Lewis and Clark--there's another trail there, the Fort-to-Sea Trail, that goes six miles out to the coast. Someday!