Magenta, museums & magical places

You have no idea how excited I was to finally get to go see the mini Stonehenge out in the Gorge. As we drove over the bridge at Biggs Junction, you could see it as you got closer to the Washington side of the Columbia river. I may have been exclaiming excitedly: ‘I see it! There it is. There it is!’ – I have been wanting to go see this for years now.

It is actually a war memorial commissioned by Sam Hill started on July 4th 1918 as a memorial to the people who died in World War I and completed in 1929. It was listed on the National Register of Historical places in 2021.

It was so windy when we got out there, I soon had to head back to the car to get a ponytail holder as the wind was whipping my hair into little miniature dreadlocks. It was a warm but powerful breeze. It did not deter my happiness.

Magenta floral smocked top, Nordstrom Rack; bling flip flops, Marshall’s; black sunglasses, Rue 21; Faux denim capris, Marshalls, old.

 

From there it was on to the Maryville Museum, just up the road 4 miles or so. We didn’t have time to go inside, as they were just about to close by the time we made our way around the building looking at the sculptures. There’s a lot to see just walking around the grounds, though.

We had a bit of fun playing with the tumbleweed, both at the mini Stonehenge and at the Maryville Museum.

If you are a wine connoisseur, the Maryville Winery was just up the road from the museum. I am not much of a wino, so we just passed that one by on our way back.

Happy travels to anyone trying to get a last summer vacation in!

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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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