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Our first day in Oregon was spent driving all over the western half of Portland checking out places to live, but early the next morning we headed for Cannon Beach. It was beautiful and foggy and since it was pretty cold and wet, I wasn’t very surprised we were the only ones on the beach for a while. We spent a lot of time just walking around (maybe looking at all the washed up dead birds…), and while it was misty the whole time, a 15-minute stretch of heavier rain left all of our clothes not covered by our rain jackets completely soaked through. We had to sit in the car trying to dry out until we could start driving to Astoria. It was worth it though; as you can see, Nathaniel is the happiest person in the world.

We went to the top of the Astoria Column, then shot up to Washington (on the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the world’s largest continuous-truss bridge, 4.1 miles long!) to see cape Disappointment before it got dark. There’s an incredible view from the top of the Column (125 feet tall, up 164 steps), which is modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome (hey, hey), with its spiraling pictorial mural. It was super windy at the top and I truly thought I was going to go over the edge. Cape Disappointment was… a disappointment (haaaa), but we didn’t spend much time there at all, since it was an Oregon trip! So I’m not judging it too hard. We spent the night in Astoria, then started the real coastal drive in the morning.