Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ships Ahoy!

Things do get wet here. Last night and today we experienced a fairly decent storm in Astoria, Oregon--heavy rain last night and today with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. It was time for some indoor activity. The Columbia River Maritime Museum was on our list; and yes, it was well worth the visit. The picture on the right shows the items taken off the shipwreck we saw on the beach yesterday. Beautiful woodwork.

(Tip: If you double-click on the photos, you'll get a bigger picture.)

The museum not only has displays and interactive movies of Coast Guard rescues, shipwrecks, fishing, Navy (you can walk on board the bridge of a WWII destroyer), barge (full-scale mock-up of the pilot house), fur trading, but huge windows overlooking the Columbia River. We were at the museum over two hours and looking outdoors occasionally we saw a constant stream of barges, fishing boats and pleasure boats--on a stormy day! There is even a cruise ship coming into Astoria on June 14.

Did I mention we're trying to hit all the spots in the U.S. listed in the book "1,000 Places To See Before You Die"? Well we are, and the Oregon Coast is on the list. Officially, the Oregon Coast begins at Astoria, Oregon (Milepost 0) and ends at Brookings, Oregon.

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