I didn't get to sleep until after 2 a.m. last night. I think I was worried about nothing.
In the morning George sat down with a book while I finished getting ready and packing. So he wasn't putting stuff in the wrong place or putting bags in the car before I was done packing them. It went well!
We avoided I84 and opted to drive the slower, less congested Hwy 14 that runs along the Columbia on the north side of the river.
I stopped for gas. But the station was closed. I like to use cash, so we drove on.
We stopped at an eagle sanctuary. We didn't see any eagles. There was no building, it was just some land with some trees set aside for a nesting pair.
Peyt had told us about a Tower/column in Astoria with paintings on the walls. So we were going through Astoria, WA. I made the tower our destination.
I had expected the painting to be on the inside of the tower and that you look at the paintings as you climb the stairs to the top. But the paintings were mostly about Lewis and Clark and the settling of the area by the Euro-Americans.
I walked with George around the tower trying to read the inscription so it was very slow. Blah blah blah........blah.......blah blah.... George was laughing.
But on the second trip around he said, I am going in. I went one more round, got bored with it myself, and went in too. I met him at the top.
On the grounds a woman was using colored pencils and drawing a picture....
Of the scene below....
At the top I tried to take a selfie.
When we got the camera back, we looked and the kissing picture wasn't there!
Headed back into Washington from Astoria, OR toward our destination, Long Beach, Washington.
There is a kite museum in Long Beach.
The restaurant next to our motel was good enough.
After dinner we drove down to the south end of the beach where the owner of the motel said there were less people. We decided to walk to the rocky hillside to the south.
We saw a dead seal. People we saw said it had been there three days.
A blue jelly fish? There were several of these things washed up on the beach. The tide was coming in.
Finally we made it to the rocks. YEAH!
Tomorrow we head to Portland to stay with a Warmshowers Friend. Sylvia Halpern. If you are still wanting to read more trike journals. Check hers out: travelsbytrike
We are excited to be seeing her and finally visiting Portland.
You may be wondering why we aren't seeing more of Washington and Oregon. Why are we leaving the beach so soon?
This journey started out with us just visiting Madison and Colorado. When the Madison month canceled, I decided we would go to Idaho for the TOT and then while we are that close let's go to Portland and while we are that close...
But we have a deadline to be in Colorado. So we got to keep moving...