Janda making egg sandwiches
Foggy again- you can't even see the mountains across the lake
Back on the road, we soon came to a huge bridge that connects Washington and Oregon. As we saw over the course of the weekend, there are many of those! This particular bridge brought us to Astoria, Oregon. It was quite a big city compared to the ones that we had been driving through in Washington. We drove through downtown Astoria and then wound our way up the steep and narrow hills to the Astoria Column. I can't say that I really know the significance of the Column, but it did afford us panoramic views of Astoria, the Oregon countryside, the bridge and river, and Washington state across the river. The view was slightly obscured by fog, but we could still see for miles and miles. After we climbed to the top of the Column (that was quite a workout for our quads) we had a picnic lunch on the sprawling lawn.
The bridge from Washington that we crossed to get to Oregon
View of the city of Astoria from the top of the Column
Looking towards the rest of Oregon
The Astoria Column
Cute sign at the bottom of the hill
The Goonies house
The Astoria neighborhood where the Goonies house is located
We figured that we could just camp somewhere out near the hike and meet everyone there in the morning. We ended up camping at the campsite right at the trail head- so we couldn't have been closer. This was our least favorite campsite though, because it was very crowded and there was a lot of road noise from the highway below. Luckily we had ear plugs! After another delicious dinner of Chinese stirfry, we got a good night's sleep.
Janda cooking up some orange chicken
Slightly less exciting campsite, but it got the job done