Saturday, February 9, 2013

Day Trip To The Pacific Ocean

Hubby and I took a getaway day and headed for the Pacific Ocean.
It was a beautiful day (mostly sunny and that is considered beautiful in the Pacific Northwest this time of year).
It takes less than 2 hours to get to the beach from where we live and one of our favorite spots is Astoria, Oregon.  You know, that place where Goonies was filmed?  Astoria is situated on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at the mouth of the river where it enters the Pacific Ocean.  It has many historical homes and points of interest, a town built around the fishing industry.
Here is a picture taken of the Columbia river looking across to Washington.  You can see a ship anchored out in the middle.
This is a quaint little dry docked boat that they have converted into a little Fish and Chips take-out.
On any given day you will find lines and lines of people waiting to order the best halibut F & C's around.  This is a must stop whenever we are there.
This is the little sandy pathway that you can drive down to get out on the beach.  Yes, we took my car out on the beach, brave of us don't you think?
Just another shot of the surf.  I love the suns reflection on the water
I am not sure if everyone knows it or not but a lot of debris from the Japan tsunami has been washing up along the coast Washington and Oregon.  We did some beach combing looking for some treasures.  This is the lid of a little brown bottle we found.  Could it be from Japan???
Here is the side view of the bottle.
Hubby found a couple of unique looking light bulbs.  They may very well be from Japan or even something just tossed overboard off a ship or fishing boat, I choose to believe they are from some building or warehouse that was washed out into the ocean.
I don't think this little shoe made it all the way from Japan, it was in too good of shape.  I will bet however that someone's mom is wondering where little Johnny put his other beach shoe though.
We almost hated to leave.  I love nice little unplanned getaways.


Anonymous said...

Love Astoria! I am from Oklahoma but my mom-in-law lives in Astoria. Spend a week every September there. Your pics make me wish it was September already. Thanks for sharing!

CB said...

What a great day trip. Our family loves Astoria and the northern beaches on the Oregon Coast and have spent many years visiting them with many great memories.
We love to remember that Kindergarten Cop was filmed in Astoria and my kids always loved driving by the school there :-D

Lori said...

Beautiful get away place!!

Laraine Eddington said...

I loved your visit to Astoria. We ate at the fish and chips boat the last time we were there too. The line was loooong.

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Sounds and looks like a lovely day.

I did hear that items were washing up along the coast. Its amazing how long it takes to get here.

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Garden of Egan said...

Looks like such a great trip!
Interesting bottle.

I have only been to Oregon once.

Patricia said...

Rick and I traveled the Oregon coastline camping from one end to the other. We didn't have enough time to spend at the Northern end as our week was up. We absolutely loved that vacation. We wanted to return to the northern coast of Oregon to explore more of the Lewis and Clark historical sites. I'm so glad you shared your trip. How nice it is to spend a bit of time away.