Both of us loved Astoria. The hotel we stayed in was to the left of the picture above. The city is on a hill with the downtown along the river and the houses up from there. It's arranged numerically in one direction and alphabetically in the other which makes it easy to get around.
I spent my day in Astoira visiting all the shops except for one on the list that my hostess had given me. When I checked the list, that one was down seven blocks and over three and I decided it wasn't necessary. My walking tour was exhaustive and interesting and I bought a few things - including an end table for my living room - and then, when I was all shopped out, I bought one of those personal sized Hagan Daaz ice-cream cartons and enjoyed it while sitting on the stone wall along the walkway near the river. The last time I was here...
... the moss covered posts from the old canning sheds were empty. This time, they were covered with flocks of sea gulls who seemed to be having a competition with...
... the sea lions for who could make the most noise. The sea lions were all over the docks making it dangerous and impossible for boats to park there right now although I was able to walk along the warf and get some pictures. Apparently, they - the lions - know to stay down there - or so I hope. None came charging after me. Howard and I were here in June. It seems seagulls and sea lions like to be here in September. Good thing. Our hotel room was on the water side and would have been very noisy.
I had lunch at the Urban Cafe - a caramelized peach salad with onions, feta cheese, bacon, and chicken. YUMMY. This trip, I've enjoyed so much interesting food that I'm going to look for some on-line cooking classes when I get home. Both Howard and I were raised on meat plus starch plus vegetable and it seems to me time to break out of that predominate mold. I do know how to cook other things but I think that with a bit more information I could create far more tasty interesting dishes with the ingredients I have. I hope so. My tastebuds have been spoiled.
This morning, I slept until I woke up and as soon as I finish publishing this posting, I'll take a shower, pack up the car, and be on my way home. I plan to stop and journal at the bookstore in Bellingham and take a quick peek at the bargain center of the Fabricland in Chilliwack but other than that, it'll basically be straight home.
I'm not sure what I'll arrive to since Howard is having an MRI today. While we don't wish for something horrible, we do wish for something that "they" want to explore further in order to move this journey forward for both of us. It's exhausting and seemingly never ending. Good thing that I'm going home with some ideas from all I've seen and done and talked about that I can work on in the studio. I want to keep the energy of this trip alive as long as possible - partly through daily exercises. I share more about those later this week.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - great food
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey