2017 Portland: Astoria and Cape Disappointment
Astoria and Cape Disappointment was our first excursion on the coast the year before, this time it would be the last.
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This time we took a different route and drove north from Portland, through the towns of Scappoose, St. Helens and Rainier to arrive at Astoria. The Lewis and Clark Bridge was one of the bridges spanning the Columbia, which we would cross on our return. This was our last full day in the Pacific Northwest on this trip, and the wildfire was raging in the west (and it was partly because of this reason that we opted to go to the coast instead of Mt. Hood on this day), and the sky was already gray with smoke.
Lewis and Clark Bridge
There was a sunday market when we went through the town of Astoria, artisans put up their proud creations for sale.
The festival atmosphere was palpable in Astoria.
Just as the year before, we crossed the Columbia and entered Washington State and went to Cape Disappointment. Needless to say, we had to make a stop at the Cape Disappointment Light. Compared with the last trip, weather was better this time, though there was still much cloud on this famous (infamous?) headland.
Cape Disappointment Light
A couple more shots of the coves at Cape Disappointment.
We then went to North Head Lighthouse. Weather was definitely better than last time, however, to our utter disappointment (pun intended), the lighthouse was under restoration and was almost completely covered up with an ugly mesh.
North Head Lighthouse
Looking toward the mouth of the Columbia, where the once-mighty river meets the still-mighty ocean.
Mouth of Columbia
At least the view at North Head was clearer this time.