Our two weeks at the Seaside Thousand Trails park was almost over and we hadn’t been up to Astoria and the Maritime museum. On our last afternoon, we decided to fix that. We lucked out and had gorgeous weather.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Maritime Museum, even though we only had one hour to see it since it was so late in the day. Both Jim and I love history – so this is our kind of place. I had a vague idea that there was a place called the Graveyard of the Pacific, but I thought it referred to the Japanese boats sunk at Truk lagoon. Turns out it refers to this area of coastline in the Pacific Northwest, including the mouth of the Columbia river. The area where the massive water flow of the Columbia River meets the unyielding power of the Pacific Ocean is referred to as a Bar. The waves in the Columbia River Bar can reach 40 feet, and according to the Columbia River Bar Pilots Ass’n, it is one of the most dangerous and challenging navigated stretches of water in the world. The video they show of big ships being battered by the waves, leaves no doubt why there are over 2,000 wrecks in this area!
Jim has a friend who was in the Coast Guard, so he knew about there being a training school here for rescue. Jim loves to drive boats, but when I asked if he’d like to drive this one he said, “NO WAY!”
Outside of the museum we could see several different types of boats. Coast Guard, a LightBoat, and even a Paddlewheeler that takes passengers on a 7 night Columbia River Cruise.
Just thinking about the people working those rescue missions wore us out and gave us a mighty thirst. Luckily, the Fort George Brewery was an easy 2 block walk from the museum!
Such beautiful views along the Oregon Coast!
When we left Thousand Trails, we checked our Harvest Hosts listing hoping to find a farm to visit this time (we’re well stocked for wine at the moment.) We found one just south of Portland – less than a 2 hour drive away – perfect! That even gave us time to have one more soak in the hot tub before we left
Here’s what our parking spot looked like.
And, there were plenty of driveways to take a nice walk in the evening - past the Christmas Tree part of the farm. We also enjoyed getting to know the locals!
There’s no hookups when we’ve stayed at wineries and farms. We figure it’s good practice to be sure our generator is still working, and we understand our 12 volt system. Everything worked great. Since it was just south of Portland, we even had good 4G internet, and even broadcast TV. We did have a problem with the hotspot feature on our phones however, I sure hope it’s not permanent, but we’re worried that FoxFi may have been banned by Verizon. Here’s the message we’re getting:
Luckily we have good Wi-Fi in this park, so we’re not worrying about it … yet. We’re staying at Phoenix RV park tonight in Salem, Oregon. We also stayed here 9 years ago when we worked for Coach Connect and Jim helped install the Wi-Fi here. It’s been thru several re-installations since. Here’s the post from 2004: first post, second post, third post.