Things to do on a day trip to Astoria

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!

 

The American Empress paddle wheeler located behind the Maritime Museum in Astoria

The American Empress paddle wheeler located behind the Maritime Museum in Astoria

 

This goat entered the canine fashion show at the Farmer's Market in Astoria

This goat entered the canine fashion show at the Farmer’s Market in Astoria

 

Happy puppy waiting with his owner in the  line at Bowpickers - the best fish and chips in town!

Happy puppy waiting with his owner in the line at Bowpickers – the best fish and chips in town!

 

This cutie-pie had pink in her hair.

This cutie-pie had pink hair.

 

Fountain at the Maritime Memorial park in Astoria

Fountain at the Maritime Memorial park in Astoria

 

Under the Astoria-Megler Bridge

Under the Astoria-Megler Bridge

 

 

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Sexy Backless Dress – #fashionfriday

Today’s Fashion Friday pick is a sexy backless dress from Favolook on Amazon. This dress looks innocent enough until you put it on. But, dat back, tho! It is very low cut and you will definitely be too hot to handle in this little number. This dress has a smooth slippery feel to it that makes it feel like it will slide right off of you – but never fear! It will stay put. We took this one out to the Columbia River to take photos of it.

I also tried taking some photos of my own, but, even though I am a photographer, it is sometimes hard to get the lighting and focus right in a photo where you are using the self timer and not actually in the photo yet. Also, sometimes the framing can be off and you can be partially out of frame if you are trying to get it exactly the way you want it in the camera. Better to be zoomed out a bit and crop later when using the self-timer mode on your camera. I’m going to have to practice doing more photos of myself a bit more just to figure out how to get it all to look right for when I have to do photo shoots and don’t have a photographer behind the camera.  Usually I have a deadline for my product reviews on Amazon, so sometimes it works out that I have help for photos and sometimes it doesn’t.

*Although I did receive this dress at a discounted rate to review on Amazon, I was not asked to review it for my blog and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Sexy red backless dress

Sexy red backless dress

 

Backless dress and the Columbia River

Backless dress and the Columbia River

 

 

 

Black and white

Black and white

 

All photos except the last one were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on here on Flickr and on his blog.

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