Oregon (Spring, 2007)
Long Beach, Washington
The very next day we were off to the Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival. We decided to go to Rainier, then follow the Columbia on the Washington side this time and visit Long Beach, as I have never been there before.
The weather wasn't as bright as yesterday, but we still enjoyed the drive, and the sights.
The bulk oil carrier Seabulk Pride was making good time to Vancouver on the way upriver from the oil refinery at Anacortes.
In February 2006 when being loaded with fuel at Nikiski, Alaska, she was struck by a large ice floe, broke free of her dock and ran aground. Her double hull construction prevented an oil spill.
One of the country bridges on the Washington side. A new concrete section appears to have been built on each side, we guessed, because the timber framework would have rotted away.
According to the sign, Long Beach is the longest beach in the world, but 19 miles does not compare with Australia's 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island or 90 Mile Beach in Victoria.
The foreshore was no place for a dog - not a tree in sight!
Long Beach is driveable, so watch out for cars.....
Canada geese returning home make intricate lace patterns in the sky.
At the south end of the peninsula stands the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment.
We crossed the Columbia back into Oregon over the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
We then made our way to the fairgrounds and the Seafood Festival, where we sampled crab melt, freshly cooked oysters, clam chowder, crab cakes, and last but not least, blackberry pie and ice cream, before returning home.