Focusing on Astoria

photo by Ballard Avenue

Whilst away from Ballard we rode a train from Portland to Astoria. "The Lewis and Clark Explorer" runs along the south shore of the Columbia River. It's a very scenic trip running through the farms and forests of rural Oregon.

Astoria is a charming little town wedged between hills and the river. Once it was quite a rollicking fishing and lumbering town but now there's little left of those industries. Today much of the town's commerce seems to focus on Portlanders out on weekends. We focused on a brewpub, the Astoria Column, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. All good and worthwhile.

We see here one of our fellow riders focusing on the engineer's cab of our train as it rested between trips at the Astoria depot.