Trip USA 2018 - Astoria, OR
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Friday, August 3 - Moved to space A11a but still at the Lewis & Clark Golf and RV Park in Astoria until the 8th. On a nose-in to the golf course. Nice.
Thursday, August 2 - The T. Paul's Supper Club is a great restaurant in downtown Astoria. We had a fine dinner topped off with a Creme Brulee Cheesecake. Our server was Ashley. So we had our photo taken with her. Food and service were great. Highly recommended.
Cheryl, Larry, Ashley
Wednesday, August 1 - Ninety-three year old Paul van der Veldt has operated the Shallon Winery in downtown Astoria for over 35 years. He makes his wine in the building. He provides a one hour history of the process. He offers tastings of his various wines. He has had more that 77,000 people come through the winery. Especially popular is the chocolate orange wine. Cheryl bought several bottles of it and another.
Paul explaining the wine making process.
Cheryl and Paul
Tuesday, July 31 - The Clatsop County Fair started today with lots of free events for kids. It runs throughout the week at the county fairgrounds. The petting zoo is a popular attraction. Reach new heights by going up the Rock Climbing Wall.
Feeding the Animals in the Petting Zoo
Getting Ready to Climb
Then Climbing the Wall
Monday, July 30 - Charlie took a photo of the Fort Stevens State Park South Jetty. There are a number of shipwrecks along the Pacific Ocean Coast near the Columbia River Estuary including the Peter Iredale which ran ashore on October 25, 1906 at what is now the Fort Stevens State Park. The skeleton of the ship has become a tourist attraction. It was a very foggy day.
A Photo of Charlie Taking a Photo of the Jetty
Fort Stevens State Park - South Jetty and Beach
Peter Iredale Shipwreck
Monday, July 30 - Premier RV Resort has a resort in Redding, CA. It has been affected by the 'Carr Fire'. This is an update from Lisa Hadley, the resorts' CFO:
"The resort has been affected financially and there is a lot of ash. We had a power outage for about 48 hours so we lost our frozen goods (which is not a big deal). We were pleased the power outage was only 48 hours because we were told it would be over a week. We were in the evacuation zone, but it was not a mandatory evacuation in our area so Jan and Rich [managers] stayed. I guess we had about 20 other people/rigs stay as well, but many more than that left when the fires started. I think we are in the clear as long as the winds don’t take a major shift in direction."
Sunday, July 29 - The Astoria Column is a local landmark. It sits on the highest point in the area just south of downtown Astoria. It provides a spectacular view of the Columbia River Estuary. We next visited Fort Clatsop which is the place where Lewis & Clark spent the winter in 1805-1806. Cheryl and Charlie had their photo taken with Sacagawea. The fort has been reconstructed. A Park Ranger tells the history of the Lewis & Clark visit. For dinner we celebrated Cheryl's birthday at the Silver Salmon Grill. Joining us were Lynda and Richard Lee [owners of the Lewis & Clark Golf and RV Park]. Food and ambiance were delightful.
Panorama of the Columbia River Estuary from the Astoria Column
Cheryl and Charlie with Sacagawea
Park Ranger Telling History
People Listening to the Park Ranger
The Reconstructed Fort
Charlie, Cheryl, Lynda, Larry, Richard
Saturday, July 28 - Son Charlie and friend Cheryl are visiting for a few days. After having lunch at the Street 14 Cafe we toured the Astoria waterfront. We boarded the Lady Washington merchant sailing vessel which is visiting Astoria this weekend. Then we visited the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The ship is based out of Seattle and travels up and down the west coast taking people with it. The original was built in the late 1700's. It was a breezy but sunny day. For dinner we went to the Bridgewater Bistro which is a highly rated restaurant [according to Yelp] on the Columbia River near the Astoria–Megler Bridge.

Larry and Cheryl

Cheryl and Charlie
Charlie, Cheryl, Larry at the Bridgewater Bistro
with the Astoria-Megler Bridge in the background.
Lady Washington
The Columbia River Maritime Museum
Wednesday, July 25 - At the Lewis & Clark Golf and RV Park in Astoria for a couple weeks. On the patio. Elevation 20 feet. I have stayed at this great park a number of times before. Some friends will be visiting so we rented the cottage as well. The patio has a fire pit and barbeque. Nice. The patio can be seen in the Google Earth view.
Beaver Patriot on the Patio
Rental Cottage at the Patio

The fire pit and barbeque on the patio.
Google Street View of the Patio on a foggy day.
Click to View the Park using Google Earth.
Nehalem Bay at Wheeler - While driving from Tillamook I stopped in Wheeler to take in the sites. Fishing on Nehalem Bay in Wheeler is popular. Rental boats are available. Click either link to read Wikipedia articles about the area.
Fishing on Nehalem Bay in Wheeler, Oregon on a clear day.
Boats and kayaks are available at the marina.

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