It had been about 20 years since I had been to Astoria so I decided it was time to go back on a mini getaway.
The first stop on my mini getaway was Fort Clatsop. I hadn’t been there in about 25 years and it looked very different from what I remembered.
Fort Clatsop was the camp used in Winter 1805 and 1806 by the Lewis and Clark expedition. The original fort is long gone but a replica was built in 1955. The replica was severely damaged by fire in 2005 and in 2006 a new replica of the fort was built. I hadn’t been there since it had been rebuilt so that may have been why it looked different than I remembered.
Wreck of Peter Iredale
I then made my way to the Wreck of the Peter Iredale. In 1906 while on its way to Portland the ship was hit by strong winds and was pushed ashore.
There wasn’t a lot of damage to the ship and they had planned to pull it back to sea but by the time they could the ship had become embedded in the sand. Most of the bow of the ship and a few of the ribs are still embedded in the sand on the beach.
I finally made my way to Astoria and the first thing I did was go the Astoria Column. The column was built in 1926 and was funded in part by Vincent Astor, the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, who the city was named after. It is 125 feet tall and has 164 steps to the top up a spiral staircase. I walked up those 164 steps…and back down.
The tower is painted with historic events in the early history of Oregon including the discovery of the Columbia River and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
From the top you can see the Astoria-Megler Bridge and Washington on the other side of the Columbia River. You can also be proud of yourself that you walked up 164 steps on a spiral staircase.
I drove over the Astoria-Megler Bridge and took pictures from the other side of the Columbia River. The Astoria-Megler Bridge is a bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. It is the longest continuous bridge in North America, it’s over 4 and half miles long.
Cathedral Tree Trail
The next morning I hiked Cathedral Tree Trail. It was my first hike in 2018 and it was great to be out in nature, it reminded me how much I love hiking and the outdoors.
I didn’t end up going up the rest of the trail to the column and I wish I had so I’ve decided that means I have to go back, of course. I didn’t realize that I missed about half of the trail by not going the rest of the way.
Astoria is beautiful and full of Oregon history. This is only a small glimpse in what the city has to offer. Is there a place you haven’t been since childhood and want to go back to see what it’s like as an adult? Let me know in the comments!