Walking Astoria

time for lunch

contemplation

on the street

riding

man balancing on rails

Old woman
We met many people while we walked along the waterfront in Astoria, Oregon.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There were many people on bikes. Many signs posted warnings about getting tires stuck on the tracks. Beware!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

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About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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