I'm not a Goonie!

Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
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Fort Stevens Sate Park

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Monday, June 21, 2010

The Oregon coast was as rugged as the northern californian coast with big waves, rocks and lighthouses dotting the coastline, and the good weather continued for us as well. The beaches here are covered with driftwood logs, some 100 feet long from the pine forests up in northern oregon and washington that wash into the sea from the rivers. Some of the beaches have windbreaks and even huts built out of the driftwood found on the sand. We spent one of our nights in Oregon at Fort Stevens State Park, a beach with a shipwreck of 1906 that ran ashore during thick fog and high winds. We walked down to the beach from where we were camping, which was a couple of miles away, and got eaten alive by mozzies on the way. The beach was deserted though early in the morning, and there were dozens of pelicans flying in and out of the surf.

About 5 miles north-east of Fort Stevens is a town called Astoria, bordering the state of Washington along the edge of the Columbia River. This town has been the setting for a number of cult films like Short Circuit, Kindergarten Cop and one of the best films ever made The Goonies. We got chatting to some locals fishing in the estuary and they told us where to find The Goonies house, which a couple of weeks before had been swarming with fans during the 25th anniversary of the films release. We left Astoria for Washington that evening and crossed the Columbia River over the Astoria bridge, a 4.5 mile flat platform with a giant hump at one end to allow the enormous cargo ships in and out of the port. We pulled a couple of 'truffle shuffles' in Chunk's honour and found a place to stay in a small fishing town called Chinook just inside the washington border.
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