|No water view, but still pretty.|
Unlike Tillamook, Astoria has a plethora of eateries and breweries to choose from. New for us is the Bridgewater Bistro, and it's fantastic. Views, food, service, ambiance - I highly recommend it.
|Astoria-Megler Bridge across the Columbia from the patio dining area.|
|Hard to beat carrot rings around radish sprouts - and super fresh everything.|
Tuesday we make a loop along Youngs River, through Jewell Meadow, and back out to Hwy 101 in Canon Beach. It's always a treat to discover new places in a familiar area. There's little opportunity to stop by the river, but it's a pretty drive.
|Tillamook Rock Lighthouse a mile off shore from Canon Beach, "Terrible Tilly" is one of the great stories of the Pacific Coast.|
|While our day is bright and sunny, the fog we drove through the previous day lingers to the south. The view changes with the wind.|
In my "when we win the lottery" daydreaming I often look at coastal properties. One that grabbed my interest recently is near Canon Beach, and on our way north in the motorhome I happen to catch a glimpse of it's grass roof from the highway! Knowing where it is I figure we might as well see what a $5M 2-bedroom home on the beach looks like in person.
I didn't realize that in this photo the top of that dirt drive is Hwy 101 - no place to park outside the small garage, and no place to easily turn around :-( That negative aside, it's a stunning modern home. I couldn't figure out, even with the price, why it has been on the market for 250+ days. Then I realize it has to be impossible to keep that glass clean on a beach! Oh well.......I'll just have to find another one.
Adding to the anti-environment theme we stop at the dam that creates the recreational lake. As ugly as the lake is beautiful. Owned by the city of Aberdeen, the dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1972.
But I have a long-awaited reunion with a cousin that can't be missed so we'll make the best of the weather!