On a free day not too long ago, it was cool, wet, and cloudy, so I decided that it would be decent weather for visiting the coast. So many times I have left my home in glorious sunshine, headed for the Pacific Ocean 45 minutes away, and find that the ocean in the Pacific Northwest usually creates its own weather. And usually that weather is wet, cloudy, and cold. My logic is that if the weather already bites at home, may as well go to the coast.
It rained almost all day long, and that was no problem. I had a rather enjoyable day.
I checked out the Astoria Column, but it’s closed during the pandemic. I checked out the museum at the old Bumble Bee tuna cannery on a pier. Usually the museum is closed, so I enjoyed learning about the early days of the famous tuna company.
I thought maybe this would be the day that I would FINALLY explore the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, which I hear is wonderful but so far I have never stepped inside. I decided first to cross the river to the state of Washington, then as usual I got distracted by trails until it was evening. I will have to try the Maritime Museum another day.
The North Head Lighthouse is close by and that’s where I went next. The last time I visited this spot was in 2015 with my dear friend Mads who was visiting from Boston. We took a road trip up the coast. There is a nice little walk from the parking area to the North Head Lighthouse, with fabulous views along the way.
With a little light left, I made my way off the Cape and back to the highway. The sun, having been absent all day, wasn’t ready to let me go. So I pulled over for some parting shots.