I don't know about you, but I think there is something wrong with using
radiant floor heaters in July! While I'm on the subject of weather... the Mayor
of London has stated the
weather for the Olympics is going to be terrible. Lots of rain is predicted.
I guess TrackTown12 really prepared the US team for London. Yeah, DT!
We spent a drizzly dreary day on the Oregon Coast. Just our luck, the one good
day would be yesterday - a day we traveled. Rat farts. We jogged loops on the huge lawn
area of the RV park in foggy mist, and by the time we had showered and were
heading out for our daily adventure - it was full-on raining. So much for the
picturesque photos of the spectacular Oregon coastline I had planned for my blog
Instead, we did research for a future
golf trip DT may organize for his posse at the historic
Gearhart Golf Links - Oregon's first public golf
course, opened in 1892. Now owned and operated by those
Fabulous McMenamin Brothers - the
historic Kelly House has
been restored and now holds an 18-room hotel, several
restaurants and pubs, meeting rooms and a pro shop.
Many of the rooms have balconies
overlooking the golf course and they are decorated in a
very inviting "Oregon Beach Chic" style.
The main (and largest) restaurant in the
hotel is the Sand Trap. There is also a cozier pub (with
a lovely fireplace) on the lower floor at the pro shop
called the Pot Bunker.
On a day like today, I would have just liked to curl up next to
the fire and watch the golfers finish on the 18th hole...
except I did not. We had things to do and places to
go... but we did have lunch in the Sand Trap Pub.
I had a garden salad. DT had the same salad, but topped with
shrimp. And we may have tried a half-order of their tots, served with jalapeno
and a Sriracha mayo.
I don't think I ran quite enough this
After lunch we continued south to Cannon Beach and bought some
gorgeous (though really late in the season) fava beans,
before turning around and heading north. Once in
Astoria, we continued over the 4+ mile bridge near the
mouth of the Columbia River to Washington. Destination:
a fish shop we had visited on our last trip to this
Astoria Bridge, from the Oregon side - looking
I did not take the bridge photo above. I bought
photo. With the mist, only a few hundred feet of the
Astoria-Megler Bridge were visible at a time today... but
I thought you might be interested to see a four mile long bridge across the
mouth of one of the mightiest rivers in America. Impossible to see, but there is
another tall arch at the Washington end of the bridge as well... and interesting
enough... the Oregon-Washington border is just a few hundred feet south of the
Washington side. I don't know why, but I just assumed the border would run down
the middle of the river. It does not.
I think it's because Oregon wanted that
little island over by the mouth of the river.
So a few minutes after crossing the river and making a
left, we arrived at the pretty little Port of Ilwaco,
Dave commented that "Ilwaco" is Native
American for "closed Monday-Wednesday". That guy has
such a way with languages! Seriously, it was like a
ghost town. We drove across the river for nothing. No fish.
Well, the Port of Ilwaco did have amazing flower
We returned to Astoria and bought our smoked salmon at
Josephson's Smokehouse - a very nice shop we have patronized previously.
Our last stop was the
Fort George Brewery for a frosty beverage. I could not eat another thing after
those tots, so my dinner consisted of one little "jar" of
beer - a
Quick Wit Belgian-style ale with lemongrass,
coriander and orange. (I know it sounds odd, but it was
quite refreshing. And just think how refreshing it would be on a hot sunny day.
I will just have to.)
Interesting tidbits: Astoria was first called Fort
Astoria (as it was first established as a fur trading
post for the
Pacific Fur Company owned by John Jacob Astor), then
Fort George (War of 1812), then Fort Astoria, then
finally just Astoria.
That is enough history,
I will leave you with some "future":
I think someone is getting ready to
Until my next update, I remain, your soggy correspondent.
Clark Golf & RV Park. What's not to love? Huge sites with lawn and picnic
tables, with views over a golf course! Quiet and friendly. Pull-in sites for
motorhomes and back-in sites for 5th wheels. 30/50 amp, full service. Bathhouse,
free wifi, rental cabins. Cash or check only. We are paying $41 per night.
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