Film Spots & Fireballs

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
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Trip End Feb 21, 2014


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Friday, July 26, 2013

After a relaxing night at our camping 'resort' we descended upon Astoria to visit the famed filming locations of The Goonies (One of my fave films and apparently everyone else's also) In short: Flavel house (dad's work), LC Bowl where Chunk watches the police chase from and Mikey and Data's houses. Then just down the road the School where they shot Kindergarten Cop (our ex Gover-nator of California starred in that!!).

Next we hit up Auto Zone to replace some burnt out driving lights. Chris showed off his superb auto skills in the parking lot finally turning off the warning message that had been flashing at us the past few days. 

I then forced Chris to go up the Astoria Column trying to do something somewhat cultured for the day. I honestly don't even know what the Column was honoring now that I type this - so I failed my own goal on that one. I know I started to have a mini-heart attack as we started up the 164 stairs to the top bringing on a slight flash back of a previous trip to the statue of liberty. There was a lot of traffic up and down which did not help my tiny internal freak out. (so please remind me to skip the spiral stairs in ol' lady Liberty when we reach NYC) We got to the top and felt a little woozy looking over the edge. The parking attendants had told us people like to throw balsa wood planes off the top so with 2 in hand from the gift shop we tossed them over the side. Chris' one went on and on for such a long time that it drew a small crown of onlookers waiting for it to touch ground or disappear in the trees. 

Now that we are total film buff/stalkers/column climbers its time to hit Seaside again. We booked the cheapest place in town and it was a good find. 

We strolled the seafront and meandered in and out of the arcade and shops etc. For me it was the mostly indoor version of Santa Cruz. (for Chris - his Southend-on-sea) There was a very cool candy store that we got a few things in but ran out of there before emptying our entire wallets on zots and giant gummy cola bottles. I soon confirmed that I had lost all my amusement game skills so we set off for a drink. 

We stopped at Seaside Brewery but after sipping our first pints realized that they did not actually brew any of the beer - they were gearing up for their new bigger brewery and tasting tour, so we had visited a few months too early. Oh well. 

Went to the Gray Whale BBQ and enjoyed some tasty sandwiches before setting off on our night out. 

Met a nice couple from WA (Danny & Emily) who introduced us to the tasty Fireball. A shot containing one thing...Cinnamon whiskey. yeesh...how I thought this was a good idea I'll never know. (aka...not a good idea, no no no)

Then we played the longest ongoing game of shuffleboard known to man. I don't think anyone was ever declared official winner...but who knows.  I was calling it sand sliders at the beginning of the night, so that's how experienced I am at that one.

We zig zagged home and tucked ourselves in. 

~L
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