Day 6- having a breather in Astoria

I think I have a lot of photos for this update! I only did 30ish miles today. I had a couple of long days, and I thought it was time to slow down a little. My body and equipment seem to be doing alright, but I was getting a little fatigued mentally.

First picture- I forgot to post this picture of the passenger compartment of the ferry I took over from Puget Island. If you’ve read Catcher in the Rye it may have some significance.


Next up, on the recommendation of my friend Molly I went to the Fort George brewery, where I sampled their brews and had some nice fish tacos. Good stuff!


And tacos!


Unfortunately the fish wasn’t a highlight (thought it might be, since we’re on the coast), but the ‘tortillas’ and fixings were fresh and amazing.


I don’t plan to ride it unless it takes me to the top of a huge hill, but Astoria has a trolley.

The maritime museum also has this huge propellor- I wish I knew if it was a legitimate piece of equipment. It’s marked as a memorial to somebody, but it also has some maintenance information engraved as though it could be installed on a ship. I plan to visit the museum before I go so that I can learn more.


They also had an anchor, far larger than I am:


I got a picture of my hand grabbing a link on that chain with my other camera. Its a huge chain, huge anchor! Stay tuned!

From the marina area where I saw these, I also space this huge bridge- which I am thankfully not biking over tomorrow!


There were these little shacks on the dock with some heavy steel…. Thingies in front of ’em- kind of odd!


A close-up of the “thingie”


And the sign on it; instructions for unloading your firearm. I guess that somebody (who??) is supposed to walk up to this shack, stick the tip of their gun in the red thing, and try to take all the bullets out… Accidental discharge, no problem!


Got an M16? No problem!


I also saw this cool tower overlooking everything , and I don’t think I’ll take the time to go to the top of it, but I got a few sweet pictures with my other camera-


Between dinner and blogging, I walked around town for a while, and saw this- thought it was relevant to my trip;


Also, this: (I think I know a few people who are into this kind of store)


Another observation:

(but you may return from the beach with crabs)

Finally, to do tonight’s blogging I returned to Fort George.



And finally, I was able to get the friendly barkeep to take a picture of me in front of the aging casks:


I think I’m setting out for Ecola state park tomorrow. Let’s see what Oregon’s hills are like!

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6 Responses to Day 6- having a breather in Astoria

  1. mom says:

    dark beer, mmmmm.

  2. mom says:

    I am pretty sure we took you guys to Astoria when we visited Dorothy and Lowell (1995??), but I can’t remember much about it. I know we enjoyed a beach . . .

    • admin says:

      The beach at Cannon Beach looks great- really sandy. I don’t know how safe it is, but I saw a surfer out in the waves and kids running around with kites.

  3. dad says:

    Yes, we also visited Fort Clatsop, the overwinter home for the Lewis and Clark troup. I think we still have a picture somewhere of the big banana slug we saw on that trip. We also ate at a seafood restaurant with Dorothy and Lowell, but I don’t remember the name. Funny the things we remember……

  4. dad says:

    did you really quaff all 11 samples? No wonder you felt fogggy. And what the heck is that lemonaidey looking stuff?

    • admin says:

      I did, and it only added up to about two regular sized beers. This brewery wasn’t very big on high alcohol content beers, either, so the sampler tray wasn’t as big as it looks. It just took a while.

      The lime-aid looking stuff was a ginger wasabi brew, non-alcoholic. I wasn’t really sure what to make of it.

      One of the more interesting brews was the one right next to the greenish one- center of the tray, I guess. It was brewed with three different kinds of peppers, and it was a little spicy. I think their stout was my favorite out of the bunch.

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