A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in Astoria, exploring the northern part of the Oregon coast and the mouth to the Columbia River. A little trivia: Astoria was named for John Jacob Astor, the owner of the American Fur Company.
I was lucky enough to choose the week when the weather was dry and even a bit on the warm side, something unusual for Astoria. Lewis and Clark knew this all too well when they spent a very stormy winter here in 1805-1806.
I stayed in the old Commodore Hotel on Commercial St. Lovely old hotel with a wonderful lobby with fireplace and a connecting coffee shop. The only negative was the horrible traffic noise from the street below. Luckily I had my ear plugs and by the second night I had grown used to it……sort of. Even with the noise, I’d stay there again. The room was spacious, clean and nicely decorated. I loved the huge windows that filled one wall of my room.(these photos were taken with my digital camera)
My mornings were spent walking along the river front and watching the ships go by.
I drove a little south hoping for a cloud filled sunset, but instead encountered blue skies. I am not complaining. I made a little side trip to check out the ship wreck at Fort Stevens.
I returned to Astoria just in time for a little golden light and a slight coloring on the horizon.
One of the reasons I spent time on the Northern coast was to do a ‘shop hop’ of various quilt stores. I recently renewed this hobby that had taken a back seat to many others. Of the 11 quilt shops I visited my favorite was the one in Cannon Beach. There were many other nice ones, but I especially like the CB store for its selection of batik and beach-themed fabrics. After 3 days I had shopped out and returned to Portland.