The Astoria Megler Bridge
We spent a day and night in Astoria and its surrounding areas and it was so fun. We hadn't been there in over 10 years, never with kids. We all loved it. There is so much history in this town, the old buildings are really special. This bridge heads over to Washington state.
Delicious food and cake at the Astoria Coffee House and Bistro
The Lightship Columbia, which we were able to tour
Great hands on fun at the Columbia River Maritime Museum
Crazy good espresso at Street 14 Coffee
Looking up, the amazing view of the Astor Hotel Lobby, all decrepit and beautiful. The hotel closed long ago (it was built in the 1920s) and was vacant for years and is now low income housing above and retail below—this is Vintage Hardware, and incredibly, it's in the lobby of the historic hotel, but it has not been restored in any way. I had a little heart attack in here, it was so cool to stand in the lobby of this incredible hotel, which has been run down since the 1960s. Here's the way it looked in its prime.
I did my thesis project in college (B.A. in interior architecture) on the renovation of a historic movie/vaudeville theater in Albany, Oregon (the Venetain)—this kind of thing is very close to my heart. The kids weren't quite aware of how amazing it was, but that didn't stop me from talking about it. I didn't make them go to the woman's restroom of the outstanding Astoria Post Office, which I was told is untouched and wonderful. I will save that for next time. I'm laughing at the idea of Historic Bathrooms, now. That would be quite a theme vacation.
And so much fun at Fort Clatsop, where I asked a ton of questions about tinder boxes and flint and steel. I was also quite enamored of the buckskin pants, of course. My family was interested, to a point, and then very patient. There was a ton to do in this area—we have to go back and also explore Long Beach next time.