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8.24.2019

Astoria

We enjoyed Shanghaied in Astoria last night. It is a melodrama 35 years young about the days of yesteryear when Astoria was the shanghai capitol of the Northwest.

"Our original, historical, hysterical, musical melodrama is a family-friendly show, and gives you the chance to interact with the characters. Boo, hiss, cheer, jeer and throw popcorn."









The Astoria Column

The 125 foot Astoria Column was constructed in 1926 and named the Astor Column. One must ascend 164 steps to reach an amazing view of Astoria and the surrounding country. The spiral sgraffito frieze on the exterior of the structure is almost seven feet wide, and 525 feet long. Painted by Electus Litchfield and Attillio Pusteria, the mural shows 14 significant events in the early history of Oregon with a focus on Astoria's role including Captain Gray's discovery of the Columbia River in 1792 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.





Ocean going vessels can navigate the first 100 miles of the Columbia.

8.19.2019

Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh is a lush green moss draped temperate rain forest, meaning that it get more than 55 inches of rain annually and be in temperature range of 39 to 54 degrees F. The Hoh receives 140 to 170 inches of rain annually.











8.17.2019

Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery is the northwestern most point of the continental US. It was a foggy day. Nice hiking weather, but death on photos.



A easy broad trail in the beginning


Many boardwalks to keep you out of the muck and mire.





This is it

The island behind us is Tatoosh Island. You can just see the top of the Cape Flattery Lighthouse.

Nothing better than a game of Qwirkle after a hard day exploring.

8.12.2019

Hurricane Ridge

At 5,242 ft, Hurricane Ridge gives one awesome views of Olympic National Park.


Same view as above.

Glaciers on the far peaks



New growth

Audience participation on the Ranger lead walk

Old snags. Winter is brutal up here


You can see Victoria, BC in the break between the clouds




Wild flowers are in their full glory.