First we started off the day at Fort Clatsop--we all had a strong feeling that the "cousins" would love the fort like our kids did, and Kieran and Nick were anxious to share their Lewis & Clark reenactments. Much to Nick's dismay, they had dismantled the "try-on-the-Lewis & Clark-costumes" exhibit, but never fear! Nick had brought along his trusty coonskin cap (with a firefighter coat), so all was not lost!
|They got to try their hand at writing with ink quills and powdered ink|
|Nick was quite taken with this process!|
|Their mission: to shoot a grizzly bear!|
|Taking a shot|
|At first, I had the kids scramble up on this log for a photo op. |
However, a ranger came scuttling out to tell them to get off because of the "danger."
Aunty Marie, Strike Two!!
Then it was off to lunch at the Wet Dog Cafe, where Chris wisely did not order the insanely spicy "Hot Chicks" burger and was able to enjoy his food much more! Again I had the grilled halibut burger and again I loved it. The waiter brought a birthday sundae, too!
|Drat! They were out of Bitter Bitch, so I had to settle for a Guinness!|
Astoria Column up on the top of the hill. According to my Mapquest, it was less than 2 miles away (but all uphill). We told the kids that we were going to hike all the way up there. Interesting, because my kids believed their aunt, and her kids believed me. I guess they thought that aunts never lie!! They were quite relieved when we told them we would be driving. And they didn't appreciate our little joke--imagine!
Apparently, my parents took us to the column when we were kids, but I had no memory of it. It was amazing, and I highly recommend the trip for anyone who visits Astoria and is lucky to have a clear day. (The city was clouded over in March.)
|The column has murals of Robert Gray's voyage of exploration |
(Chris went to a middle school named after Robert Gray)
|The panormic view--after climbing 164 steps--was phenomenal! |
It's a good thing I've been walking up and down 7 flights of stairs at work recently!
|Unfortunately, my camera batteries had died so these are poor-quality iPhone photos|
|The other side of the column|
After leaving the column, we did a bit of shopping for birthday cake at the Warrenton Costco (which I love--no one was there!!!) and stopped by the Carter's Outlet in Seaside.
|Celebrating Chris' 15th birthday with tiramisu cake|
|We also celebrated Nick's birthday early|
|He was so happy to be with his beloved cousins|
(who gave him a bagful of their Thomas trains, which he loved)