Astoria Weekend

John and I spent the long weekend in Astoria, OR – at almost the very northwest corner of the state, near the mouth of the Columbia River.  We had some fun adventures, including stumbling across a huge Civil War reenactment, a super-long, super-steep bike ride (or in my case, bike push-up-the-hill), and visiting museums and historical sites.

John found a really cool hotel, located actually on an old pier, which originally housed a canning factory, so we were (mostly) surrounded by River.

Hotel on a Pier


Our room was on the southeast corner of the building – so while we had to go out on the balcony to look across to Washington, we had an excellent view upriver.  Lots of passing boats and barges, like this one heading out to the ocean (and eventually to Mabini, Batangas, Phillipines, if you’re curious).


Bulk Jupiter

The Bulk Jupiter – weird name, huh?

Bulk JupiterVery pretty against a background of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, though!

Bulk Jupiter with Bridge



Civil War to come!


2 thoughts on “Astoria Weekend

  1. Nice pictures! I love watching water ‘traffic’ on the Columbia. Did you make it out to Fort Stevens to climb around on the shipwreck on the beach? It’s a great place to spend a weekend, lots of old bunkers and historical war stuff to check out. If you haven’t been, I recommend it.

    • We did spend a couple of hours at Fort Stevens; we went for the bike paths and the batteries, and that’s actually where we came upon the Civil War. Between biking on all the nice trails, and then wandering around the encampments, we didn’t leave enough time for the beach, but had a fun time anyway. It’s now one more place on our list of must-visit-again, since we didn’t have enough time the first visit.

      I was going to post about the park today, but have not had enough time. Hopefully tomorrow!

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