Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 6&7: Back to the Coast!

When we left Mt. St. Helens we had to make a decision as to where to head next.  We could go straight to Portland and spend the rest of our vacation there or we could go back to the coast and see the northern most part of the Oregon coastline that we had missed at the beginning of our trip.  Of course I was 100% willing to go back to the coast for a couple of more days.  We headed to Astoria, Oregon which is one side of the mouth of the Columbia River and Washington is on the other side.
I don't think that I have mentioned that you cannot pump your own gas in Oregon.  This is one of our lovely gas station attendants :)

The Port of Astoria, just inside the mouth of the Columbia

The Astoria has carvings that tell the story of the Pioneers and Westward Expansion
The bridge that takes you to the other side of the Columbia River and Washington
We had dinner at this restaurant, Baked Alaska on the waterfront
We ordered Kellan his first meal of his very own at a restaurant.  Grilled salmon with zucchini and squash.  He ate all of the salmon and a little of the vegetables.  I don't think they were cooked soft enough for him.
The next morning we crossed the bridge back over into Washington to go to the Lewis and Clark National Park (it includes lots of pieces of land in both Oregon and Washington) and to see two lighthouses.
Yep it happened again...the North Head lighthouse is having new glass installed
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse...I disagree...North Head was the disappointment
I forgot to post about Kellan's Mt. St. Helen's National Parks passport stamp (although it is not a National Park it is a National Volcanic Monument so they have a stamp).  We traveled back over the bridge into Oregon and visited Fort Clatsop (the Oregon part of the Lewis and Clark National Park) to get Kellan's stamp for his passport book.
The Flavel House built in 1885 by George Flavel, one of Astoria's first millionaires.
All of the trashcans in downtown Astoria look like cans of salmon!  I was obsessed...Michael was less than impressed.
Shipwreck of the Peter Iredale from 1906 still sits on the beach at Ft. Stevens outside of Astoria
We kept driving south to Seaside, Oregon...the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail.  We didn't visit any historical centers here but I guess this was as far as Lewis and Clark's exploration could take them once they had reached the Pacific Ocean.  And what a place to is beautiful here!
Kellan and Michael hanging out with Lewis and Clark
We had lunch at the Seaside Oceanfront Inn and Restaurant.  It was the perfect little inn and I wish we had time to stay there.  It was right on the beach and you walk right out onto the boardwalk.
They have starfish lights hanging from all of the light poles in their downtown.  It is just an adorable little ocean side town.  Lots of inns and little shops.  They also had a small outlet shopping center.  We already had tons of luggage so we couldn't go crazy shopping but we did go to Carter's and Osh Kosh to get Kellan a few cold weather outfits.  It was hard to say no, when did I also mention, that Oregon has NO SALES TAX?  Its a crazy looking receipt I tell ya!  Whatever your food, clothes, etc. costs is what you tax.  Very strange...but nice.
The beach has a view of this cliff that you can see off in the distance.  Portland was our final destination for the evening so we left Seaside and headed to Cannon Beach to see Haystack Rock at sunset before we said goodbye to the Pacific Ocean.
This is where our trip began so many days ago!  We have circled Oregon and somehow ended up back where we started!  I am so glad that we did.  The sunset over these rocks was amazing!
I was sad to say goodbye to the coast (for a second time) but we were both excited to spend our last few days in Portland.   The best thing about it...we stayed at the same hotel and didn't have to unpack and repack the car every morning and night!


  1. Those are fabulous pictures of the sunset!

  2. Thank you! I'm pretty sure Michael took them while I entertained Kellan so I can't take credit!