Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Southbound from Astoria

Astoria, Oregon, is a beautiful little coastal city. One of the things we love best about it is treating ourselves to a night or two at the Cannery Pier Hotel. It's located where the cannery used to be before it burned down. Remnants of the old pier are still visible. The long bridge on the other side of it that provides a link between Washington State and Oregon just adds to the view and the charm. One of the unique aspects of the service provided is the old cars used to provide transportation to guests who wish to eat out at one of the local restaurants.

Panorama of the Cannery Pier Hotel, the bridge and another building that houses offices and the Bridgewater Bistro.

Remnants of the old pier (and the seagulls and cormorants that call it home).
Colourful sunset.
We spent a couple days at Astoria and contacted two paragliding instructors from this area (Brad & Maren from Discover Paragliding) that we met in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, the winds were not cooperating (too strong, too gusty and wrong direction) so we didn't get to do any kiting or flying. We did however, watch them do a couple tandem tow flights on the beach before the wind picked up and they had to stop. 

Continuing to meander along the coast, we stopped often to walk on the beach, stick our feet in the extremely cold water and check out other possible kiting/soaring sites. 
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

C-c-c-c-c-c-cold water!
Just going for stroll.
Checking out the kiting/soaring potential at Cape Kiwanda.
Love the Oregon coast! So beautiful.
We've now settled in at Jacksonville, Oregon, for a week of flying in this area. Excited!

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