We met many people while we walked along the waterfront in Astoria, Oregon.
- The little old lady talked to us for a long time, telling us some of the history about the wharf. Turns out she bought a condo on the river in 1984 and loves living there. She wondered why we were taking photos of abandoned buildings and trash cans. She said she goes for a walk every day.
- The man walking on the rails acted like he was in his own world as he balanced on the rails as he walked down the wharf.
- There were many people on bikes. Many signs posted warnings about getting tires stuck on the tracks. Beware!
- The homeless couple was the most interesting. One of them told me they had slept out the night before. Remembering that there was torrential downpours and 80 mph winds I asked him how he managed. He said it was fine except that he was enjoying his beer when a gust of wind came up and tore his beer right out of his hand and it all spilled out. He said that really pissed him off. So Ron gave him 5 bucks to buy some more. He was very thankful and wished us peace.
- The man I met sitting on the bench, at first light, told me that he often comes down to the waterfront to pray to God and sit in peace. I could see where that would be easy to do in such a wonderful place.
And then we found this funky little chowder house and realized how lucky we are.