The Weather Gods surely smiled on Astoria this weekend! A gloriously HOT (mid-80’s) Saturday was followed by a beautifully sunny Sunday. Foggy Monday morning gave way to sunshine and 70 degrees in the afternoon (while the fog bank hung over the beach, a few miles to our west).
We took full advantage. We visited Ft. Clatsop (where Lewis and Clark and company spent a cramped and dismal winter at the end of their western explorations), then took our lunch for a picnic on the beach at Ft. Stevens State Park. We walked the paved Riverwalk along the Columbia River in Astoria, and took the narrated ride on the historic Riverfront trolley – where we learned that the entire town of Astoria, first built out of wood on pilings in the Columbia River, burned to the water line in 1922.
We browsed the Astoria Sunday market. We visited the Astoria Column and took a drive over to Sunset Beach. We watched huge freighters in the deep water channel of the Columbia River, where they exchanged the Bar Pilot for the River Pilot. We walked and gawked and enjoyed a few meals out. We sat in our chairs on our lawn at Lewis & Clark Golf & RV Resort (click here to read our review) and enjoyed the view and the sunshine.
The list of what we didn’t do is almost as long. We passed on the Columbia River Maritime Museum since we toured it last time we visited Astoria – but if you come to Astoria, it should be number ONE on your list (just my opinion)! We didn’t get out to see the Salt Works, where the Corps of Discovery boiled sea water to extract precious salt. We didn’t make it to the Flavel House Museum or take the self guided tour of historic Astoria. See? I knew there would be a reason to return!