Astoria Column

Our last stop in Oregon was Astoria.  We traveled the winding, narrow Highway 101 up to Astoria and settled in for two nights.  The famous Cannon beach is just south of there, so we took a day trip to walk on the wide, sandy beaches after viewing Astoria Column and seeing downtown historic Astoria. The column is an artful summary of the trials and tribulations of settling the Pacific Coast. From the Chinook and Clatsop Indians to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to the railroad connecting the land, the settling of the Oregon Coast is depicted in art on the column.


One of many bridges we crossed.


Cannon Beach


Cannon Beach where there is a bird preserve.

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You may have to wait in line for 30 minutes to an hour to get these famous fish and chips.

Lennard had Albacore Tuna fish and chips from this landmark little ship.

Seattle is a vibrant, bustling city.  We spent two days there and got to go to the famous Pikes Pier on Memorial Day.  It was crowded, but so much fun people watching.  We did observe the “throwing of the fish”.  As in any city, there was a mixture of locals, tourists, and homeless.  Unfortunately, we did encounter a few addicts shooting up right on the sidewalk.  Nothing you, as a onlooker, can do about it.



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By chance, we had lunch at the Biscuit Bitch, which has been on the Travel channel.  They have marvelous, unique offerings like biscuit, maple syrup, bacon and eggs.  Or grits, gravy, eggs and sausage.  All healthy of course.


Biscuit Bitch (The restaurant I mean, not Lennard!)

We made it into Canada without getting thrown in jail for having an extra bottle of wine on board. We were worried about the wine and we should have been worried about the space allowed to get through the border. We literally had inches on either side of the RV going through customs!  It was terrifying.  I’ve got my head out the side window and see the concrete barriers right next to us. Our RV park is in the woods of Tynehead near Jerry and Benita’s place. We will be spending five days here visiting Vancouver and our friends.


Lennard taking a wrong turn at Pier 7

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Benita and Jerry took us on the sky Train and Ferry to North Vancouver.  It was a gorgeous day and we had lunch at Pier 7, taking advantage of Happy Hour of course. That night we had a BBQ at our “house”.  Steaks brought from Costco and Greek salad from Benita’s kitchen. Some nice wine, a few beers and great friends.  What more could you ask?


  1. Hay, we were at Pike’s pier last summer. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Loved the fresh flower shop, the giant fresh fish and the colorful fresh produce. Had a fine luncheon there too. Hi to Benita and Jerry. You’ll now be
    unknown territory for us. We look forward to the stories and photos. Kay & Ron


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