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Jun 10, 2019 - Astoria OR

Astoria OR Day 25: Sunday June 9, 2019 When considering options for mass this weekend the only choice for Saturday evening was in Oceanside located on the coast the other side of Hoquiam more than 50 miles away—not feasible. There were two choices for Sunday morning at 9:00 am: St Mary in Aberdeen (near Walmart), and St Paul located about 12 miles back along SR 105—we passed it on the way to our stop in Grayland. Naturally we selected St Paul. We prepped the trailer and went to mass; after mass we completed the hookup and departed Grayland...

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May 15, 2019 - Florence to Astoria

This morning it is another wet day checked the weather forecast looks like rain all day, And for the next several days, it's what makes Oregon so green. Loaded up the car headed out with a stop for gas at $3.20 a gal and someone actually pumps it for you LOL. On up the coast making several picture stops along the way and a stop for lunch at the Golden Arches only second time have stopped there on the trip, but it was either there or Burger King and it is worse. Just before getting into Astoria I stop to check out the rebuilt fort for the...

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Aug 29, 2018 - eating our way through Oregon

Before we left McMinnville (a town which I love by the way) we took time to tour the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum which is literally right next door to the Olde Stone Village RV Park where we were staying. In fact, there is a paved trail that leads from the RV park to the museum, but we actually drove over since it was a bit chilly on the day we went. Anyway, this museum is home to the Spruce Goose which is a HUGE airplane that was built with funds supplied by Howard Hughes back in the 40s. It was intended to be a troop transport...

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2018 Life in our RV

Jul 11, 2018 - Terrible Tillie

Astoria, OR Fort Stevens guarded the mouth of the Columbia River and is now a state park. More intriguing, however, was the Peter Iredale - a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore in 1906 at Fort Stevens. Most of the ship has deteriorated but what remains is accessible during low tide. Eerie. Another notable sight today was Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, known as Terrible Tillie. Putting men on the rock to build the lighthouse entailed stringing a 4 ½" thick line from a boat to the rock. The men used a "breeches buoy" to cross...

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Jul 10, 2018 - High above Astoria

Astoria, OR The Astoria Column overlooks the mouth of the Columbia River. Built 92 years ago in 1926, the 125' tall column has a 164-step lung-busting spiral staircase ascending to an observation deck at the top. The spiral steps are pie-shaped tapering to nothing, making it harrowing to pass someone on the stairs – a common occurrence since it is a popular destination. From the tower we could see the Columbia River and the ships waiting to go further up river. The entrance to the Columbia River is called a ship’s graveyard because over...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Over the river and through the woods

Astoria, OR Over half of our day today was spent in getting the smashed car window replaced (a side window is much more involved than a windshield) and continuing phone calls to various agencies that needed to be advised of our situation. We are quite frustrated with the dealership from whom we purchased our car. We would really like to replace the owner’s manual as we do refer to it from time to time but the dealership would not work with us on the problem. Ugh! We finally got underway and headed out of Portland. We were staying on the...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Astoria, Oregon and Centralia, WA

July 1st - 7th We arrived here in Astoria at Lewis and Clark RV Park. We had a nice site with a creek view. We originally had planned to just stay here for 4 nights but we made a change after visiting Nehalem Bay State Park. We had reservations there starting in a couple of days for 3 nights. But in driving there on a day trip we discovered a very crowded park with very small non private sites. It was very disappointing. So we canceled these reservations and luckily Lewis and Clark RV park was able to accommodate us in same site for those 3...

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Millers RV Travels

May 7, 2018 - Back to my old self . . . Almost!!

Thanks everyone for letting me vent and whine a little yesterday! I was really worried that I was going to cave, thought maybe that might happen about day 10 and not at all expected it would happen yesterday on day 2! This morning got off to a slow start, we are having a break today, have to work into this trip slowly!! Astoria appears to be a lovely riverside town and we wanted to go and check it out. Believe it or not, there were 2 moments of inspiration on tv for me this morning! Just random words of encouragement from a most unlikely...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Astoria, OR

We had such a wonderful time with Russ it was hard to leave. After traveling along the Columbia River we arrived at Astoria. This is a town of 10,000 that once was thought to be the little San Francisco. It is a huge shipping port and also a stop for many cruise ships. Old Victorian homes (close to 100) are elligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Sep 11, 2017 - Visit Fort Clatsop and Set Up Camp at Cape Disappointment

September 11 – Visit Fort Clatsop and Set Up Camp at Cape Disappointment By chance, the Lewis and Clark Center was just down the road from our KOA campground. The Center included a replica of the fort that was made with the same type of tools used in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark party. We also viewed a detailed video of the travels of the expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back. From there, we headed north across the Columbia River to our next campground in Washington state. Cape Disappointment is located next to a wide,...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Travel from Mt. St. Helens to Astoria, Oregon

September 10 – Travel from Mt. St. Helens to Astoria, Oregon We changed our camping plans to be able to monitor Irma news and camped at a KOA near Astoria, Oregon. We met Marc and Joyce Christensen and got caught up. I worked with Marc when I was a combine engineer and he was a service rep in Oregon. We worked together three times to resolve the fire issue problem with long, damp rye grass stems forming wreaths at the front of combine rotors and starting fires. To create problem, we used the farmer’s water truck to wet the windrows down in...

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May 4, 2017 - Astoria, OR

We visited Astoria for the 2nd time. Toured the Maritime Museum downtown and walked the waterfront area. Young folks drinking beer outside in cold weather joked with us because we had on heavy coats. Toured Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Colombia River. This place is beautiful.

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