We arrived in Astoria OR, on Friday, July 12, spending two nights waiting for the right weather window to make the Columbia River Bar Crossing into the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed fish and chips upon arriving at a great restaurant near the West Basin Marina called The Bridgewater Bistro.
|All secure with and end side tie at West Basin Marina, Astoria, OR|
|Out front of the Bridgewater Bistro and garden.|
They grow much of the herbs and vegetables right there in Astoria. Kitchen to Farm...Farm to the table.
|Swanky little place with live tunes!|
|Ever famous Astoria bridge linking Oregon to Washington across the Columbia River.|
|Oregon Fish and Game checking out somebody's Salmon haul.|
|The officers were happy chatted up with me... Oregon Fish and Game.|
|Now, this is what I call a fish market! I picked up King Salmon and Dungness Crab.|
|The evolution of the sunset in Astoria...|
We were up at 4am and off the dock before dawn. We wanted to cross the Bar at 6:30.
|Patches is ready to get back on the boat after her morning walk.|
|Astoria Marina offices|
|Leaving Astoria behind, heading toward the Columbia River Bar.|
|The current and tides gave us a nice push, getting 10.4knots.|
John was concerned we'd get to the Bar too early.
|Nice seas off the bow...|
|Patches sees and smells land!|
|Passing under the Yaquina Bridge Newport, Oregon|
|Pairadice at rest at our transient moorage, |
Port of Newport, OR on the Yaquina River.
(It's not very picturesque, but after many experiences,
we now make it a rule to always set fenders on both sides.)
The morning after getting in are always very basic. I straighten up the living space and clean the galley. There are little or no chores done while underway. Walking the dog, getting the lay of the land and checking in with the harbor master always come first. I worked on crab cakes for dinner, while John picked out a movie.
|Harbormaster also takes care of the RV Park. The grounds were lovely.|
Look at this lavender!
|The NOAA research vessels are moored here, where restricted offices are located.|
|This is what homemade fresh crab cake dinner onboard looks like! (The side is my confetti rice.)|
|I love how the beer tasting room is made from barrels.|
This is where the tour started.
They brew beer and spirits.
|The red door is the room where we sampled the ales.|
|These are brand new barrels, just made here by Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.|
This is the only craft distillery cooperage in America, and the only cooperage in the
world to make barrels solely from Oregon Oak (Quercus garryana).
|The Head Cooper is the person who crafts the barrels that release the unique flavors and |
aromas locked in the wood. Careful assembly, toasting and charring provide
just the right impact on there whiskeys an ales.
|Wood working equipment.|
|This is used to get the rings on the barrels.|
|The barrels are then sanded.|
|The interior of the barrels are then set on fire by the Head Cooper.|
|We received some swag from Rogue Nation |
and John picked up some souvenirs of their products.
|I like how Pairadice ended up framed under the bridge.|
|Enjoyed dinner on board with a full moon view over the bridge.|
Early to bed, the following day would be more than 12 hours.
|I caught this picture during my dog walk, just prior to handling the dock lines.|
The alarm was set for 4:15am. We woke to an awesome full moon reflecting off the Yaquina Bay. We were up and on it right away with the coffee flowing. I was walking the dog by 4:45 and took a nice picture of the boat in the moon light. It was calm in the marina. We stored the shore power and cast off lines by 5:25. There was quite a bit of chop in the Yaquina River getting out in the Ocean due to the confluence.
|Off the dock, heading out. These views are the reward for rising early on a mission.|
The first few hours went pretty fast, keeping a sharp eye out for crab pots. We had plums and danish for breakfast. Got a glimpse of a huge whale jumping in the water off the bow, but no real show for pictures. John took a break and laid down in the watch berth a little after 11 o’clock.
|Doesn't it look like he's in a casket?|
|Coquille River Lighthouse upon entering Bandon, OR|
We called into the Port of Brandon Marina yesterday for slip assignment. We pulled into C20 for a starboard tie with plenty of room. Arrived 7:15pm, average speed 7.5 knots.
|Bandon, OR... US Coast Guard and Harbor Master's Office at the point.|
It's an old hotel built in the early days.
|Our slip in Bandon, Oregon on the Coquille River|
|The US Coast Guard who come and go at all hours are mooring next to us at random times of the day.|
We also made our way to find some groceries and essential items from Ace hardware.
There were so many things we enjoyed about the Oregon Coast! One of which was the Port of Bandon. After resting up we found some cool stuff to check out! The first of which was the Farmer's Market and then the best was The Washed Ashore Art Gallery.
|Thank goodness for clear skies, made it easier to overlook the high winds.|
We decided on the Washed Ashore Project first.
|Entering the gallery was mind blowing!|
Washed Ashore.org Art to Save the Sea
Just think all these art pieces are made from trash, washed ashore!
They turn plastic pollution from the ocean into art to raise awareness to the global issue.
Click any picture to enlarge!
|The trash is collected and sorted by color.|
The artists first create story boards for their creation.
|This fishy wall piece is made almost entirely of plastic bottles!|
|A depiction of a coral reef made from trashed styrofoam!|
|An archway as you enter.|
|Even John enjoyed this gallery.|
|The Starfish is made from many different mediums including glass bottles!|
It's cool works but horrifying at the same time.
Imagine all this trash washed up on our shores!
Saturday, July 20th, day 16 Port of Bandon Marina, Oregon
Monday, July 22nd, day 18 Bandon OR to Brookings, OR / Chetco River
|Love hanging out with these guys!|
|A walk on the beach was a great way to finish the Oregon Coast!|
Thanks John and Cindy for making the trip!
|With Walter and Thor... These are a couple of special dogs!|
Our friends John and Cindy drove out from Medford, OR to meet up for the "Last Supper".
So good to see them, as well as their special doggies!
23.8nm 3hrs, avg speed 8knots... now in Califorina! WooHoo!