|Thursday, August 2 -
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
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
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
|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 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
Salmon Grill. Joining us were Lynda and Richard Lee [owners
& Clark Golf and RV Park]. Food and ambiance were delightful.
|Panorama of the Columbia River
Estuary from the Astoria Column
|Park Ranger Telling History
|People Listening to the Park Ranger
|The Reconstructed Fort
|Charlie, Cheryl, Lynda, Larry,
|Saturday, July 28 - Son Charlie and friend Cheryl are
visiting for a few days. After having lunch at the
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
Bistro which is a highly rated restaurant [according to
Yelp] on the
Columbia River near the
Larry and Cheryl
Cheryl and Charlie
|Charlie, Cheryl, Larry at the
Astoria-Megler Bridge in the background.
|Wednesday, July 25 - At the
& 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.