Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Astoria, Part 2

After we left Cape Disappointment and crossed the bridge into Astoria, OR, we had one day of sunshine to explore the town before being hit with two rainy days. Then our last day it cleared.

First stop in downtown was Godfather's Books and Espresso -- we love independent bookstores, and this one had two comfy armchairs up front that we settled into with a stack of books.

Another favorite find was Coffee Girl, set out on a pier. It has fantastic breakfast sandwiches and pastries, so we went there twice for breakfast. Pecan upside down cake and almond poppyseed scones were so good, as well as lox and bagels and a breakfast bagel.

Coffee Girl's deck makes you feel like you're floating in the river.
Outside Coffee Girl, we found this sign for Astoria's Repair Cafe, a good idea for any town!

Another favorite eating spot, which we went to THREE  times, was the Fort George Brewery and Public House. We tried a couple of other restaurants, but this was our favorite. The wood-fired pizzas had perfect crusts and the sauce and other toppings were so flavorful. I also had a piece of chocolate stout cake, which they were out of the first two nights but I scored on the third try. (If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.)

On our last day, when the sun came back, we finally did the Riverfront Walk, which goes through downtown along the Columbia River. That's where I found Mary and her sweet goat selling homemade goat milk soap. Her etsy site is: MarysMilkMonsters. Actually, I'm assuming she is Mary -- I didn't ask.

Another touristy thing we did -- because everyone said we had to -- was climb the spiral staircase 164 steps to the top of the Astoria Column. The spiral frieze on the outside pictures significant events in Oregon's history.

The observation deck at the top gives a 360-degree view.

We also visited Fort Clatsop, which was the winter encampment of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805-1806. The original fort decayed in the wet climate, but this replica was built from descriptions in the expedition journals. It was drizzly the day we went, so we got a feel for how dark and damp it would have been for that winter stay.

Trees with nature's necklaces at Fort Clatsop.
Another tourist destination is the Columbia River Maritime Museum, but I didn't get pictures. It's definitely worth a visit if you are in Astoria. It emphasizes how dangerous it is to cross the Columbia River Bar, which is recognized as one of the most dangerous and challenging navigated stretches of water in the world. "Bar pilots" board each ship to take it safely across, and the museum has fascinating information about them. Check out this site for more info:

Our hotel, the Cannery Pier, above, was on a pier surrounded by water near the Astoria bridge. I took the picture from the restaurant in the building shown below, which is also an old cannery. Astoria was a major fish cannery back in the day, but now the canneries have been converted into other businesses.

Seagulls on an abandoned pier beside our hotel.

Water is always on the mind in Astoria, and ships are always in view. Next I'll show just some of the many boats we saw during our short visit. And that's the end of my report!

 Have a colorful day

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Astoria, Oregon, Part 1

I haven't blogged in a week because we were exploring Astoria, Oregon, at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. 

We started at Cape Disappointment State Park, at the extreme southwest corner of Washington on the northern bank of the Columbia. Luckily, it was a clear day and we had fantastic views.

Here's some info from Wikipedia:
The cape was named on April 12, 1788, by British fur trader John Meares who was sailing south from Nootka in search of trade. After a storm, he turned his ship around just north of the Cape and therefore just missed the discovery of the Columbia River
Cape Disappointment State Park is located on the cape, as is the Cape Disappointment LighthouseUnited States Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment is situated on the river near the state park. The station crew members respond to 300–400 calls for assistance every year.

This is the lighthouse mentioned above. 

There is a nice visitor center with displays about the Lewis and Clark expedition. I didn't take pictures inside because my camera wanted to be outside in the sun.

Besides sweeping views of the Columbia, there were enticing little bays. My husband, the sea kayaker, pointed out the swirling, dangerous currents while I focused on the sparkling water and dancing trees.

 After one last look at the horizon, were got back in the car and ...

... crossed the four-mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge from Megler, Washington, into Astoria, Oregon. There are no shoulders on the bridge, and we couldn't help but wonder what happens if you have a flat tire or an accident.

Our hotel was on a pier jutting out into the water beside the bridge. The photo above is from our window! So we settled in for three days, watching the gulls swoop past our window as the sun set. I wonder if they like the color show as much as I do. More tomorrow on Color In Astoria.

Have a colorful day

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Color block for September 2018

I'm a little late doing September's color block, but I just whipped it out. Above are some of the photos from the month, with yellow leaves and yellow mums playing a big part. A lot of green and blue, plus purple for hydrangeas and red for garden tomatoes. Also, some grey rainy days, as usual.

Here is my pile of fabric and the finished block. I used blue thread, because blue skies and water were strong in September.

I realized that my current wool applique project 
is strikingly similar in colors.

Here is the year so far in color, with January in the upper left and the rest following as you would read a book. I'm guessing that October will have colors of fall leaves, pumpkins, the ever present green of evergreens, and a mixture of blue and grey skies.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Sew Day, CBD, Mexican and Ace

What do Ace Hardware, Mexican food and cannabis have in common? Our Sew Day last weekend!

There were only three of us this time, but we packed in a lot, starting with breakfast at Nancy's table set with a fall theme. Quiche, biscuits, raspberry jam and fruit. Yum! 

Nancy decorated her house beautifully for fall, including the wool applique candle mat that she made. 

She is a Master Gardener, so she had a nice selection of blooms from her garden to cut.

Somehow the talk turned to pot (which is legal here in Washington), and that's when Nancy said her husband has been using CBD cream to rub on his arthritic thumbs and that it started easing the pain after a few weeks. She said all the drugstores here have selections of CBD creams, sticks, lotions and potions! I'll have to give it a try on my thumb joints, which really ache when I hand stitch. Luckily, the CBD part of pot doesn't give you the munchies, because my weight can't afford that.

Then we finally got down to stitching, with all of us doing wool applique. The first picture is Linda's project, then Nancy's, then mine.

Then it was out to tour the garden before heading off to a Mexican restaurant for lunch. Little Lizzie accompanied us on the tour.

Mmm, mmm ... I had chicken enchiladas with a wonderful mole sauce, Nancy had chicken breast with mole sauce, and Linda had what I think are quesadillas. We ate at Moctezuma's. My serving was big enough to take half home for dinner.

A tradition with us has been to stop at the housewares section of Ace Hardware whenever we're in the area. Every time we go there we want, want, want! I usually note a few things to buy later at the annual fall Ladies Night, when everything is 20 percent off.

It was a good day.

Have a colorful day