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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

Salt Hotel deck and Saturday Market


Saturday Market begging (Allan's photo)

Saturday Market begging (Allan’s photo)


garden boat at Time Enough Books (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.

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Astoria, Oregon

We parked near the Garden of Surging Waves, a tribute to Astoria’s Chinese community of yore.

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Looks like a big healthy Edgeworthia, when I cannot seem to get one to survive in my Lake Street garden.

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.

another Edgeworthia. I must try again.

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A cane is very useful for garden pointing.

A cane is very useful for garden pointing. (The tree suckers at the base needed trimming.)


Gingko tree sadly not doing well.

Gingko tree sadly not doing well.

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I am especially fond of this wall of words.

I am especially fond of this wall of words.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I always feel sad about the frogs.

I always feel sad about the frogs.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


kitty corner from the park...so that's where the food carts are!

kitty corner from the park…so that’s where the food carts are!

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Snackie Box

Snackie Box (Allan’s photo)


darn cute!

darn cute!

With almost an hour till the parade, we took a leisurely route through downtown toward the river.

checking out all the planters

checking out all the planters

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Pride banners downtown!

Pride banners downtown!


rainbows everywhere (Allan's photo)

rainbows everywhere (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


These wire mesh sides planters that I have always admired are not doing well this year.

These wire mesh sides planters that I have always admired are not doing well this year.


looking sad

looking sad and dry or maybe just ungroomed


They look sad by occupied storefronts as well as empty ones.

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.

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 planters were acquired. They are handsome and not very sittable.

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.

narrow edge=not good for sitting=want these for Ilwaco if they would hold up to the weather.

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passersby

passersby


a florist shop

a florist shop

We encountered Ilwaco friends Todd & Annie also ready for the parade.

Todd and Annie

Todd and Annie (Allan’s photo)


solution for dead planters

solution for dead planters


more pride weekend rainbows

more pride weekend rainbows


at the bottom of the hill: The Columbia River

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.

best shoes ever. Just bought a brand new shiny pair.


a chowder house window

a chowder house window


Charlie's Chowder House

Charlie’s Chowder House


well cared for curbside gardens

well cared for curbside gardens


folks waiting for the trolley

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.

You can tell if the tide is flowing in or out by the way the waiting ships are swung around.

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ferry wars

ferry wars


Pilot boats taking specially trained river captains to the big ships in order to pilots them over the hazardous Columbia Bar.

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

many signs of Pride Day (Allan’s photo)

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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.

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low tide (Allan’s photo)

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I love these murals.

I love these murals.

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My friend Carol, a bicyclist, liked this sign when she and I walked the Riverwalk.

My friend Carol, a bicyclist, liked this sign when she and I walked the Riverwalk.


looking east

looking east

Allan said “We don’t come here often enough.”  I had to agree.

a railing planter

a railing planter (Allan’s photo)


Oh! A goat!

Oh! A goat!

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a popular goat

a popular goat (Allan’s photo)


next door to the goat

next door to the goat


the maitre d'

the maitre d’ (Allan’s photo)

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Outside Buoy Beer would be the MC and announcements as the parade passed by.

Outside Buoy Beer would be the MC and announcements as the parade passed by.


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sweet talking


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I went inside Buoy Beer to have a look.

Buoy Beer: a glass floor to the river

Buoy Beer: a glass floor window to the river

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inside Buoy Beer

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.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


a tenacious fern

a tenacious fern


a tough (noxious weed) buddliea

a tough (noxious weed) buddliea


I should have brought my big rainbow American flag!

I should have brought my big rainbow American flag!


note the rock sculpture

note the rock sculpture


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Riverwalk viewing platform

Riverwalk viewing platform (Allan’s photo)

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California poppies

California poppies


a corner garden

a corner garden


Ding Ding Ding! came the trolley....

Ding Ding Ding! came the trolley….


...bedecked with rainbow banners

…bedecked with rainbow banners

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Astoria Megler Bridge

Astoria Megler Bridge

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low tide

low tide (Allan’s photo)


river side seating

river side seating

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I detoured to the main street to take a photo of a cottage I especially like:

little and lavender

little and lavender

Then back to the Riverwalk…

cute dogs, great license plate

cute dogs, great license plate

Allan had continued down the Riverwalk  for more photos.

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Here comes the trolley again!

Here comes the trolley again!  I love it so.

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Now we just waited for the parade to come.  Allan photographed the back of a t shirt:

RuPaul's world tour

RuPaul’s world tour


I see them!

I see them!


Here they come!

Here they come!

Tomorrow, the parade.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Whenever we drive to Portland on Oregon’s Highway 30, we are intrigued by the cluster of houseboats that can be seen on the John Day River.

Google Earth view of houseboats

Google Earth view of houseboats

an idyllic looking enclave

an idyllic looking enclave

John Day County Park is 3.3 miles east of the Astoria Safeway.

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I saw dog walkers and travelers making quick restroom stops. The double boat ramp is a big draw and the reason why I was here.

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Almost didn’t see these two hunters

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There’s two concrete ramps and a grassy area off to the left. It’s a $5 parking fee for the day.

Just upstream I passed a set of sailboats.

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Twin wind generators are mounted behind the twin masted ship

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It’s got the scupper of the day. It’s the thin gap from left to right under the dark brown planks that drains the deck.

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The heavy cable from the bow to the waterline helps support the masts.

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Time to move onward, or maybe he wants a ride.

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It looked like gardens were once planted on these logs. The maintenance; beach casual.

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For easier maintenance, there are potted plants on the decks.

The houses are more numerous past the highway’s bridge.

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This is the ‘Real Earth’ view of the ‘Google Earth’ picture earlier.

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I caught a picture of this old building behind the line of modern houses. There is road access and more money sunk into these residences compared to the houses I saw on North River.

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The water was very reflective today.

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A built in boat garage with a rickety widow’s walk.

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I saw up to three trawlers parked at some of these units which makes sense. The owners of these working boats could keep an eye on them and maintain them when not fishing.

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I thought this might be an otter. It was just a sunken log and the river is flowing upstream behind it.

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Now there are four cormorants.

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About 125 geese honking away

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I had my Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit today, but I wasn’t pulled over by this Fish and Wildlife officer.

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A lawn extending underwater

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A personal fleet

This mossy branch was acquiring an animal or totem look.

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I see a mermaid at the bottom, an eagle looking down from the middle, maybe…

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The end of a small bay.

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Time to do lay back and do the limbo.

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Just steel beams under this bridge, not graceful masonry

For a distraction, here’s a short video on weighing down the masts on a 85′ sailboat in order to motor under a 65′ bridge.

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screenshot from the video

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a tree underwater

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a tree that’s been chewed

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a tree that’s food

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The river had faded into a meadow so I turned back.

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Today we had an unusually high tide of almost ten feet.

There was a small flock of birds on the edge of a dike.

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 bobbing their heads:

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The house that mows its yard by the tides again.

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Here is a second tier house that required a logged hill for its view and a long driveway for their boat.

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The only ‘heron’ photo today.

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With some skylights, this might be a very large greenhouse.

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Dry gloves at the ready.

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The ramp was damp to the lot from the receding tide.

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Something I didn’t know: The bus stop in front of Astoria’s Safeway had several shoppers waiting, but the shoppers also use the Riverfront Trolley.

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The Trolley isn’t just for tourists

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Astoria, Oregon

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From the 4 mile long bridge: lots of little fishing boats on the Columbia

From the 4 mile long bridge: lots of little fishing boats on the Columbia


buzzing about

buzzing about

Carol has a sore foot…an injury from too much walking, as walking is one of her hobbies.  So we looked for activities that required little walking, and a good restaurant where we could park right outside.

The Bridgewater Bistro

The Bridgewater Bistro

The Bridgewater Bistro

I had a cougar burger, a reference to a sports team.  Owner Tony Kischner glided by, still as graceful and personable as when he and his wife Ann operated the Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview.  I miss having their fine establishment closer by.

made with Cougar Gold cheese

made with Cougar Gold cheese


Carol pronounced her fish and chips to be delicious.

Carol pronounced her fish and chips to be delicious.

We then took in the view from the deck on the restaurant’s north side.

The building to the north is a fine hotel.

The building to the north is the Cannery Pier Hotel.


the Astoria-Megler bridge

the Astoria-Megler bridge


the restaurant's herb garden

the restaurant’s herb garden on the sunny, sheltered south side of the building

Carol was able to walk a block to the trolley stop, as we had decided that a ride on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley would be the perfect use of our afternoon.

Astoria Riverfront Trolley

The trolley stop was by the Maritime Memorial park.

The trolley stop was by the Maritime Memorial park.


Under the bridge. A sign warned to beware of falling objects. (!!!)

Under the bridge. A sign warned to beware of falling objects. (!!!)

Carol sang a line from The Trolley Song as we waited.  It had been lurking in my mind since the last time we saw the trolley with Debbie Teashon. Later that evening, I found a delightful video that shows almost the entire run of the riverfront trolley, speeded up, accompanied by the song.  Enjoy!

The trolley runs about every 45 minutes on good weather summer days, so we chatted and waited.  The ding ding ding announced its arrival.

All aboard!

All aboard!


old boat at the west end of the line

old boat at the west end of the line

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The conductors, drivers, and tour guides are volunteers.

The conductors, drivers, and tour guides are volunteers.  Carol, a Seattle Metro bus driver, said she would love to do this if she retired in Astoria.


“Ding ding ding goes the bell!”


the Columbia River

the Columbia River

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the old net building

the old Uppertown Net Loft

That building was purchased by artists who were fixing it up as an art studio when the roof blew off in the 2007 windstorm. A couple of them were in it during the storm, and barely escaped, crawling along the wooden bridge to shore.  The trolley tour guide told us that quantities of art blew out of the building and were lost in the river.  The dramatic story is told here: “Around town, telephone poles snapped and car windows caved in under the pressure of the hurricane-force winds. Eddie Park, a friend of the Nebekers who had been helping board up the windows was thrown 40 feet and broke his arm against a wall. Royal and Park were trapped in the loft as winds raged around them. After 20 hours, they escaped by strapping themselves to a ladder for weight and then crawling on their bellies down the long gangplank to shore.”  Two days after I took this photo, part of the gangplank was lost in an unusually powerful summer windstorm.

The east marina, with sea lions all over the docks.

The east marina, with sea lions all over the docks.


cropped to show the mass of sea lions

cropped to show the mass of sea lions

When the trolley reaches the end of the line, passengers are instructed to take the handle on the seat backs and gently swing the back to the other side of the bench, thus enabling us to sit back down facing forward again.

turned around

turned around


passing the Mill Pond Village

passing the Mill Pond Village


Millpond Village and its many little gardens

Millpond Village and its many little gardens


the old mill pond

the old mill pond


the west end of Mill Pond Village

the west end of Mill Pond Village


historic train station (I wish the train to Portland still ran.)

historic train station (I wish the train to Portland still ran.)


by the Maritime Museum

near the Maritime Museum, a bar pilot boat


I love this mural.

I love this mural.


mural, part 2

mural, part 2


Wet Dog Café

Wet Dog Café

Note the man to the right, waving.  As the trolley clangs along by the River Walk, many passersby wave and trolley passengers wave back.

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Every time people waved, I felt all choked up and teary eyed.  It really gets to me and reminds me of this line from What a Wonderful World:

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin’, “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you.”

And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

on the deck of the Wet Dog Café

on the deck of the Wet Dog Café with the trolley reflected


We were waving back.

We were waving back.


looking south up an Astoria street with a fellow photographing the trolley.

looking south up an Astoria street with a fellow photographing the trolley.


The industrial waterfront is fascinating.

The industrial waterfront is fascinating.


There's another trolley reflection.

There’s another trolley reflection.

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We disembarked back at the Maritime Memorial.  The wonderful trip had cost us only $1 each. For a slightly higher fee, you can ride back and forth on an all day pass.  Due to a non-waterproof roof, the trolley only runs in good weather.

We paused at the memorial wall.

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The Maritime Memorial park

The Maritime Memorial park

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flowers taped to the wall for loved ones

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She loved the river.

She loved the river.


Here comes the trolley again: Clang, clang, clang!

Here comes the trolley again: Clang, clang, clang!


Ding, ding, ding!

Ding, ding, ding!  These folks were not quite into the swing of waving yet.

Garden of Surging Waves

Carol moved her car to a spot downtown that was a short walking distance to The Garden of Surging Waves.  I knew she would be interested in the Chinese heritage of Astoria.

on our way to the park, some of Astoria's excellent planters.

on our way to the park, some of Astoria’s excellent planters.

Next to the park, around a soon to be developed plaza, we stopped to read some informative signs.

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The Garden of Surging Waves

The Garden of Surging Waves

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I love the wall of words.

I love the wall of words.


contrasting styles of architecture

contrasting styles of architecture

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“To learn and to practice what is learned time and again is pleasure, is it not? To have friends come from afar is happiness, is it not?”

Carol, visiting from afar=happiness.

Carol, visiting from afar=happiness.


We sat for awhile on a bench.

We sat for awhile on a bench.


overhead

overhead


I like this screen with names of contributors to the park

I like this screen with names of contributors to the park

Astoria Coffee House and Bistro

We skipped checking out the River People’s outdoor market as Carol had already walked too much, and drove to park near the Astoria Coffeehouse…which had, since my last visit, transformed into a fancy dinner bistro and bar.

This took me by surprise!

This took me by surprise!

Fortunately, the excellent weather meant that we could sit outside in the early evening.

with delicious chocolate cake

with delicious chocolate cake

That is the end of Carol’s visit as she must return to Seattle tomorrow.  I gave her my certificate for a free night at the Sou’wester (a door prize that I won!) in hope that she can visit again this fall.

meanwhile, Allan’s day at home

a trip to Oman Builder Supply to be able to pick up posts without me or the trailer involved.

a trip to Oman Builder Supply to be able to pick up posts without a passenger or the trailer involved.


our post office garden

He watered and deadheaded our post office garden


Life Flight

Life Flight going over Nora’s house; we always spare a thought for whoever is hurt.


before the rain: painting the gate to match the new arbour; the reason will be even more clear tomorrow.

before the rain: painting the gate to match the new arbour; the reason will be even more clear tomorrow.


seen at the marina when Allan took the recycling to the bins.

seen at the marina when Allan took the recycling to the bins.

Allan’s productive day was perhaps not happier than this fellow messing about in a boat.

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a sign on the dock

a sign on the dock


making apple cobbler

making apple cobbler


It was delicious.

It was delicious.

We had gotten so much work done on Wednesday that we decided to take Friday off, as well.

 

 

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