Monday, August 19, 2013

Along the Columbia River

Our next stop was Elochoman Slough Marina, which is in Cathlament, Washington, on the Columbia River.

RV sites are in a parking lot area like Winchester Bay, where we stayed recently, but smaller. There are some sites right on the river but are a little short for us but we have an end site, with water and electric and a great view of the river anyway.

Can you see our motorhome in the picture below. We are the one of the three rv's and the one on the far right.




The weather was on the cool side but had some great sunsets.











We drove into Long Beach Friday to see if there were any campgrounds we might to stay next but really didn't see anything we liked. We may go farther up the coast. We stopped to take a picture or two in the area including one of the Astoria Bridge.

Almost 2,000 ships and about 700 lives have been claimed by the treacherous waters off the Peninsula over the past 300 years. Ships often had trouble traversing the Columbia River bar, the area in which the gigantic flow of the river rushes headlong into towering ocean waves.




Sunday we went back west to Astoria, this time, crossing into Oregon, into the city itself.

per Wiki

The Astoria–Megler Bridge is a steel cantilever through truss bridge that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington, in the United States. Located 14 miles (23 km) from the mouth of the river, the bridge is 4.1 miles (6.6 km) long[3] and was the last completed segment of U.S. Route 101 between Olympia, Washington, and Los Angeles, California.[4] It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

We headed to Astoria's Sunday Market, which is in the heart of the historic downtown area. It spans 4 blocks and is the second largest farmer's market in Oregon. It is also near the waterfront. Astoria is a very cool looking town right on the Columbia River, where it meets the ocean. Many of the houses sit on top of hills that overlook the town and the river.



We enjoyed walking around the market, where I got a lot of good produce. We ran into Nick and Terry Russell. We follow their blog, and went to one of their rallies a few years ago. They are full time rv's and travel around the country, publishing the Gypsy Journey that has articles on places they have been. Nick published his own newspaper in the past and is a very good writer. In the last few years, he has been writing a series of mystery books that take place in a small town in Arizona. We both love his Big Lake series and are looking forward to his next book. Besides produce, meats, and other food products, arts and crafts, they have music and a food court at the market. I had some halibut tacos. They were good but not as good as the ones I had in Bandon.



Back on the bridge which goes down from the Astoria side before straighting out. Interesting bridge.


Picture belows shows only a small portion of the many fishing boats out in the water. It is Salmon fishing time!!!


We had gone to a number of covered bridges in Cottage Grove, OR last year. Here is one we stopped at in Washington.



In case you were wondering why some bridges are covered, the bridges that are covered are wooden and the covers were to keep the wood from rotting out in moist climates, such as Oregon and Washington. There are also a lot of covered wooden bridges in the northeast of the country.

Our days here have reminded me of our California June gloom, where it is foggy or cloudy and the sun comes out around 5 or 6 in the evening. Of course, Monday morning, the day we are leaving to head north, is sunny. C'est la Vie. :) We are headed to Lake Quinault, a beautiful campground on the lake, where we stayed on a vacation a number of years ago. It is only about 3 hours up the road.

Stay tuned.





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