Coast Roadtrip: Wet Washington

This was the view this morning beyond our table at the Holiday Inn Express. Can you believe this view?
This was the view this morning beyond our table at the Holiday Inn Express. Can you believe this view?

Today the weather did its best to dampen spirits, but we prevailed! Good day despite the rain and hail and chill. Plus, good soggy rain photos get a few laughs, so there’s a couple more points for me.

Look what we found! It had 911 service, but you could not use it for calls. Too cool.
Look what we found! You could not use it for calls, but it had 911 service. Too cool.

Astoria, Oregon is the location where the movie The Goonies was filmed. If you didn’t see the Goonies, or don’t remember it, then trust me: you’d love it. A story of a gang of boys who go looking for buried treasure and end up on a heck of an adventure. We found the building that was the jailhouse in the movie. Scenes from yesterday’s post – Haystack Rock and the boardwalk at sunset – were also in the movie. I had been hopping with excitement all day Sunday, waiting for the chance to see “Mikey’s house” the unforgettable house in the movie.

The owner of the property graciously invites visitors, and has signs directing tourists right to the spot, including the best places to park.

As we walked up the gravel drive to the house, M and I were stunned to see a prominent, sparkling new flag flying smack in the middle of the porch, clearly making a political statement, and one that was deeply offensive to us. The “NOBAMA” sticker on the car next to the house will give a sense of the political bent. We stood silent, making faces of disbelief and dismay, for a full five minutes before we could move. All my joy and excited anticipation was demolished, and I forced myself to take a couple photos once M suggested editing the flag out. You can use your imagination and cover the flag in something that gives you bouncing childlike happiness…to make up for what I lost first thing this morning.

We ate fresher-than-fresh oysters for lunch, and learned about multiple Indian tribes as we drove through a lot of Indian country and past reservations. It rained and rained and got colder and rained some more. We saw sunbeams a couple of times. Finally we stopped in Forks, Washington for the night.

Astoria-Megler Bridge from Oregon to Washington. We took this bridge and soon began the Washington leg of the trip.
Astoria-Megler Bridge from Oregon to Washington. We took this bridge and soon began the Washington leg of the trip.
The grey sky matched the grey water and made it look like this building was floating in air.
The grey sky matched the grey water and made it look like this building was floating in air.
Jailhouse from The Goonies
Jailhouse from The Goonies
Mikey's House. Goonies Never Say Die!
Mikey’s House. Goonies Never Say Die!
We saw two lighthouses. The second one was at Cape Disappointment, but this one, called North Head Lighthouse, was more of a disappointment. It was all wrapped up for repairs, except for the part the winds have torn off.
We saw two lighthouses. The second one was at Cape Disappointment, but this one, called North Head Lighthouse, was more of a disappointment. It was all wrapped up for repairs, except for the part the winds have torn off.
Coast Guard ships
Coast Guard ships
The lookout at Cape Disappointment. At the northernmost point of the mighty Columbia, it was strangely named in 1788 by John Meares, expressing his chagrin at not being able to find the Columbia River.
The lighthouse at Cape Disappointment. On the north side of the mouth of the mighty Columbia, it was named in 1788 by John Meares, expressing his chagrin at not being able to find the Columbia River. Puzzling. Or hilarious.
Horsetails along a trail
Horsetails along a trail
Rainforest trees look like the long hairy arms of a green ape.
Rainforest trees look like the long hairy arms of a green ape.
The World's largest Sitka Spruce. 58 feet 11 inches in circumference, 191 feet tall, approximately 1,000 years old.
The World’s largest Sitka Spruce. 58 feet 11 inches in circumference, 191 feet tall, approximately 1,000 years old.
Me at the base of the spruce tree.
Me at the base of the spruce tree.
Me on the spruce tree
Me on the spruce tree
M waiting in the rain while I played at the base of the tree.
M waiting in the rain while I played at the base of the tree.
Fabulous sea stacks at Ruby Beach
Fabulous sea stacks at Ruby Beach
Windows through a sea stack.
Windows through a sea stack.
Long, wet day is done. My goodness it's getting late. I make such sacrifices for you people! ;-)
Long, wet day is done. My goodness it’s getting late. I make such sacrifices for you people! 😉

23 thoughts on “Coast Roadtrip: Wet Washington

    1. Thanks! I think it’s just wonderful how the camera is able to hide the rain in most shots. They are darker, but in most of the photos you can’t tell it’s raining!

      The sea stacks were lovely at Ruby Beach. A woman at a U.S. Forest Service Interpretive Center gave us the tip, otherwise we would not have known to stop. I’m so glad we talked to her!

    1. Pity indeed. I am still sorting out what I should think about it. You know, we were so impacted that we drove about 10 miles back to Portland before we realized what we were doing, and had to turn around. M finally realized we were giving the flag-owner the power s/he wants, by reacting so strongly, so we talked about other things and got our brains cleared up.

      I am crazy about so many things, and trees make the list! We passed many signs for World’s Largest tree-of-some-kind, that I let go because it was getting late and dark. Trees feed something in me. Did you Tara has been accepted into the College of Forestry at Oregon State University? You know what they say, the apple doesn’t fall far…

    1. It was a super day, Rosa. My friend and I agreed that it’s the difficulties of a trip that often end up being the story told afterward. We will never forget the rainforest hike to the world’s largest Sitka Spruce in the pouring rain and getting battered by hail, and us without the proper protective gear. It was pretty funny.

  1. Loved Goonies, love oysters, eat them at least once a week and love your photographs. A good friend of mine leaves for a business trip to your neck of the woods today. thanks to your blog posts, i was able to tell her she’d see flowers blooming and green grass. she is looking forward to it. xo LMA

    1. /claps her hands in delight!/ That’s a wonderful story about having some inside information for your friend! You eat oysters once a week?! If I had access to them this fresh and this well-prepared, I would eat them once a week too. What mouth-watering deliciousness.

  2. And we so appreciate the sacrifices. 🙂 M looks waterlogged. Mother nature never disappoints does she? You did a good job on the flag. Hope the rest of your trip will be a bit drier.

    1. I am happy to sacrifice for you, Marlene. (But of course you know I consider it no sacrifice at all) M was asking about the blog: “So, you have an International Following?” I said “Well, I wouldn’t describe it in that way. We’re like a group of friends who all live in different places. Some of them are complaining about the heat: I know those are my blogger friends in New Zealand and Australia. My group includes bloggers in Canada, Denmark, England, Ghana, France and Spain, but it’s not really an ‘International Blog.’ ha ha” I love how the world has become so small for me.

      M was totally waterlogged yesterday. Two things make it ok: He apparently has a shoe fetish and has decided this is justification for buying new shoes, and second, he’s from Boston and is happy with the rain because it’s not snow!

  3. I love the fact that you had a Goonies filled day. That is something I would totally do!

    Horsetails are really neat.

    Looks like you are having a great time. Keep up the fun having!

  4. Beautiful images! And I lovethe story, thugh sad to hear about the flag (hope it comes down for the upcoming activites), I am going to these sites soon for the Goonies anniversary weekend.

    1. I got the impression that the flag was new. As more people see it, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is pressure on the owners to take it down for the upcoming events. I’m all for displaying flags on your own property, but when you ask people to come to look at your home, and *then* place the flags, it’s less appropriate.

      I know you will have fun at the Goonies anniversary weekend! What a great idea for a trip. 🙂

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