Thursday, October 22, 2015

Port Garibaldi, Oregon to Long Beach, Washington

Arriving at the Port of Garibaldi, we got settled into our site at the Harborview Inn. There are two parks within the Port and we like the Harborview the best. It's right on the bay which offers excellent fishing and crabbing. 

As you can see, we are right on the bay. The pathway you see in the foreground leads into the town of Garibaldi. There is a railroad that travels alongside the park featuring a steam engine that serves as a tourist train along the Oregon Coast.

Heading north, we drove through the small quaint town of Wheeler, Oregon, Pop:414. It sits on the Nehelam River Estuary.

Because of the narrowness of U.S. 101 and the many bicyclists who use this hwy, the speed limit is only 55MPH. We took our time and averaged only 33MPH. Traveling slower allowed us to take in more of the beautiful scenery.

I snapped this picture while we passed by Nehalam Bay State Park.  Note the lower green sign. It directs you to the Cemetery AND a Recycle Center. I wondered if they were one and the same. Zombies anyone.

 As we passed through the town of Warrenton we can see the Astoria Bridge in the distance. We passed through here three years ago and it was being refinished. Construction was still going on although they appeared to be close to finishing.

Of note, relative to the refinishing of this bridge, is the fact that it is costing more to refinish it than it did to build it!

The Astoria Bridge  is the longest contiguous truss bridge in the U.S. at 4.1 miles. It spans the Columbia River separating Oregon and Washington.

Heading north, we neared the end of the bridge. There are two steel trusses at each end of the main span. The steel structure ahead is located in the State of Washington.

Welcome to the State of Washington, The Evergreen State.

Immediately outside this tunnel is Fort Columbia, a 593 acre park that preserves the site of Fort Columbia. The Fort was built in 1896 to protect the Columbia river waterway. Twelve historic wood-frame fort buildings still stand along with several gunneries. It's worth a stop if you're in the area.
We finally arrived in Long Beach, Washington, which features a pier and a drive on beach.

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