This past Sunday, I was invited to go on an impromptu day trip to Astoria. Astoria is almost on the Oregon Coast near the mouth of the Columbia River. It is one of my favorite places in Oregon. I love the quaint feel of the town with all of the Victorian architecture!
I had just gotten the invite that morning, so I hurriedly packed a small bag of stuff – Astoria is usually just as cool temperature-wise as the Oregon Coast so warmer clothes were packed, just in case – and headed out the door. Only to remember 15 minutes down the road that I forgot my camera! Oh horror! I pulled off the highway at the 181st exit to check, sure enough, no camera. For me, that is a big bummer. But, I decided not to turn around. After all, I’ve got my phone. It can take photos. Crappy phone photos… Grrrr. In the end, the few phone photos I took weren’t too bad.
So, off I went with a friend from my biker girl days. We stopped at the Maritime Museum just to get out and look at the cool paddle wheel boat, then off to the Farmer’s Market where we must have sampled just about every food item they had a sample of, and checked out all the crafts. We browsed through the cute little shops in downtown, had a late lunch at Bowpickers – across from the Maritime Museum. Then hung out at the Maritime Memorial for a while, enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze coming off the Columbia River. After that, we went by the Flavel house and accidentally ended up touring an upscale neighborhood on top of the hill with gorgeous houses that had great views.
It was a glorious day for a spontaneous day trip to the ‘almost’ Oregon Coast!