Saturday, 11 June 2016
After an unusual eight hours of sleep and dreams about the Cazalets, I felt well enough to go to Astoria (even though, as usual, I found it hard to leave my own garden). First, the weekly delivery of a simple bouquet to Salt Hotel and just peek at the Ilwaco Saturday Market at the Port.
Salt Hotel deck and Saturday Market
Saturday Market begging (Allan’s photo)
garden boat at Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)
We were then off to Astoria, Oregon for the LBGT pride parade (which deserves a post of its own) and some downtown and riverfront sight seeing.
We parked near the Garden of Surging Waves, a tribute to Astoria’s Chinese community of yore.
Looks like a big healthy Edgeworthia, when I cannot seem to get one to survive in my Lake Street garden.
another Edgeworthia. I must try again.
A cane is very useful for garden pointing. (The tree suckers at the base needed trimming.)
Gingko tree sadly not doing well.
I am especially fond of this wall of words.
I always feel sad about the frogs.
kitty corner from the park…so that’s where the food carts are!
Snackie Box (Allan’s photo)
With almost an hour till the parade, we took a leisurely route through downtown toward the river.
checking out all the planters
Pride banners downtown!
rainbows everywhere (Allan’s photo)
These wire mesh sides planters that I have always admired are not doing well this year.
looking sad and dry or maybe just ungroomed
They look sad by occupied storefronts as well as empty ones.
Allan said the soil was moist, so what went wrong? Perhaps this design that I liked so much does not work out in the long term.
I wish I knew where these new planters were acquired. They are handsome and not very sittable.
narrow edge=not good for sitting=want these for Ilwaco if they would hold up to the weather.
a florist shop
We encountered Ilwaco friends Todd & Annie also ready for the parade.
Todd and Annie (Allan’s photo)
solution for dead planters
more pride weekend rainbows
at the bottom of the hill: The Columbia River
I bought, three years ago, a pair of SAS shoes for $2 at a thrift store and discovered the most comfortable shoes ever to feel like soft comfy butter on the feet. Now I buy them about every eighteen months (for much more than $2) at Gimre’s and wear them every single day for work and leisure.
best shoes ever. Just bought a brand new shiny pair.
a chowder house window
Charlie’s Chowder House
well cared for curbside gardens
folks waiting for the trolley
At the Riverwalk, we turned west. The parade would begin at the Maritime Memorial under the Astoria Bridge, and we still had time to enjoy the river views.
You can tell if the tide is flowing in or out by the way the waiting ships are swung around.
Pilot boats taking specially trained river captains to the big ships in order to pilot them over the hazardous Columbia Bar. (Allan’s photo)
many signs of Pride Day (Allan’s photo)
Behind us, to the east, the Riverwalk is right by the water with trees and grass. We were walking in the fascinating industrial and business section going west to the Astoria bridge.
low tide (Allan’s photo)
I love these murals.
My friend Carol, a bicyclist, liked this sign when she and I walked the Riverwalk.
Allan said “We don’t come here often enough.” I had to agree.
a railing planter (Allan’s photo)
Oh! A goat!
a popular goat (Allan’s photo)
next door to the goat
the maitre d’ (Allan’s photo)
Outside Buoy Beer would be the MC and announcements as the parade passed by.
I went inside Buoy Beer to have a look.
Buoy Beer: a glass floor window to the river
inside Buoy Beer with its big river view
We walked on….west toward the bridge. The parade was due to begin there in about fifteen minutes.
a tenacious fern
a tough (noxious weed) buddliea
I should have brought my big rainbow American flag!
note the rock sculpture
Riverwalk viewing platform (Allan’s photo)
a corner garden
Ding Ding Ding! came the trolley….
…bedecked with rainbow banners
Astoria Megler Bridge
low tide (Allan’s photo)
river side seating
I detoured to the main street to take a photo of a cottage I especially like:
little and lavender
Then back to the Riverwalk…
cute dogs, great license plate
Allan had continued down the Riverwalk for more photos.
Here comes the trolley again! I love it so.
Now we just waited for the parade to come. Allan photographed the back of a t shirt:
RuPaul’s world tour
I see them!
Here they come!
Tomorrow, the parade.