Arriving in Astoria "Ocian in View, Oh the joy!"
Well here we are in Astoria. at the mouth of the Columbia River and the final destination for Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery in 1805. During the night we ran all the way downriver and past Portland and by morning we were docked at a pier close to the downtown.
The river is more like a huge lake now and it clearly is a sailing heaven.
And a new sight-- ocean going vessels anchored. in the bay.
To get you further situated to what Lewis and Clark found, let's go to the highest hill in town that is made even higher by the Astoria Tower. It is modeled after Trajan's Column in Rome and like the one in Rome depicts the history of the area in a series of pictures moving around the outside.
There was no elevator so we did not choose to make the climb, but our young tour photographer did share some photos from the top. You can see the Pacific and the treacherous shifting Columbia Bar that protects the mouth of the river and has always been a challenge to sailors.
I discovered you could see almost as much from the parking lot as from the top of the tower. Here is the same view from ground level.
Our morning tour took us over the Astoria Bridge to the north side of the river. This bridge replaced a ferry service when it opened in 1966. It is four miles long and has a central span that allows even the largest ships to pass under it.