Saturday, 19 September 2015
19.09.2015 - 19.09.2015
Solid overcast (have I said that before ?) and a touch of fog totally obscured any hint of a sunrise. This morning we sailed up the Columbia River to dock at Astoria. The fog had degenerated to a light drizzle by the time we went ashore and within 20 minutes we were carrying our jackets because the sun was uncomfortably warm.
The locals are very friendly and pull out all the stops to ensure you know where you're going. The streets are awash with cafés, bars, restaurants and take-aways. There's even a drive-through espresso shack on the edge of one of the extensive car-parks. Nowhere to sit, take-away only. The other thing there are lots of is antique and collectibles stores. The free directory list no less than thirteen of them.
We walked along the River Walk to about 13th Street and then wandered back along Marine Drive. We were impressed by the size and number of SUVs, RVs and Pick-ups that travelled through the town. Amazingly, even at street corners without traffic lights, they would stop politely to let these two old wrinklies cross the road.
Marine Drive is part of the the main highway North across the magnificent Megler Bridge. Just over 4 miles long it connects Oregon with Washington across the Columbia River. For the majority of its length is a low trestle but close to Astoria it rises to almost 200 feet. These amazing spans dominate the immediate foreshore.
Spent two hours in the Theatre watching a movie. We had no idea what it was about but as it starred George Clooney, Jenny was prepared to give it a chance. The name was "Tomorrow Land". An unlikely Science Fiction with a feel-good message at the end. Before returning to the cabin we spent some time on Deck 7 watching the antics of some seals quite close to the ship. A while later the ship pushed off from the wharf. The action stirred up something from the river bed and the water birds and seals indulged in a feeding frenzy.
We are really getting lazy !! Decided on the Horizon Court so that we wouldn't need to change for dinner. The show tonight is a repeat so with nothing to do caught up with some news on the TV. We've been frugal with our Internet usage so haven't indulged in the luxury of checking for Australian News on-line. May have to invest some minutes to find out the latest on the Liberal Party leadership.
Today turned out OK for photography and the winner is Jenny looking at an amazing truck in the carpark, view the image by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony