Gale had prepared a beautiful lunch of baked Filo pastry with spinach, sundried tomatoes and goat cheese alongside a fresh green salad with walnuts and dried cranberries. Ice cream and hot fudge finished the meal! Yum. As Reva noted, two scoops of Tillamook ice cream is now the official STASH dessert.
Before we left Astoria we drove up to the Astoria column. Gerrie had never been to Astoria and Linda had never been up to the column.The city of Astoria is very historic. Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and is located at the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It was named for John Jacob Astor and for years the column was called the "Astor Column". I'm not sure when they started calling it the Astoria column. The scraffito decoration on the outside of the column illustrates the history of the area, starting with the discovery of the Columbia River. It sits on a hill looking out over spectacular scenery.
The long bridge crosses the Columbia River at Astoria to Washington state on the other side. Just beyond the bridge the Columbia empties into the Pacific Ocean.
It was obviously placed there before the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, as it shows the mountain at it's original elevation of 9,671 feet. It now looks like this and is only 8,365 feet high.
We headed back over the mountains and watched the temperature climb as we approached Portland. Fortunately it has cooled off nicely overnight and is quite comfortable here today.