We awoke to a misty, gray morning but took one last walk on the beach nonetheless. Had to! Afterward, we packed up our stuff and began our trek back to Seattle. We wanted to stop in the town of Astoria on the way since it looked so interesting when we had passed through it a few days earlier. I found an absolutely fantastic coffee shop called Coffee Girl. It’s located at the end of Pier 39 in a very old cannery building. You drive ON THE PIER, which is just wooden boards, to the end, then walk inside the building. You’ll see this neat old cannery:
Walk toward the back and that’s where you’ll find Coffee Girl.
I highly recommend the Turkleberry Sandwich, which was SO good. I don’t recall the names of the coffees we had but they were both excellent too. Even better was the view of the Columbia River from our window and hearing sea lions laughing in the distance.
After lunch we checked out the (free!) cannery museum inside. We learned that canning seafood was a major industry in the city. The museum had preserved a lot of interesting history and equipment. I even spied, with my little eye, a Grinnell 45-degree pipe fitting! (My first job out of college was working for Grinnell, which is now defunct. 😦 )
We got back on the road after one more peak at the view of the Columbia River.
Next we made our way to the gigantic Astoria-Megler Bridge. It is super-tall and impressive.
Crossing the bridge brought us into Washington where we continued our trek north. We went the back way via 101, as David has this thing about driving the entire 101 in its entirety (not all at once!). As we went through Raymond, David happened to see an old abandoned railroad bridge over the Willapa River. We had to check it out! Using Google maps, we found the right-of-way to get close to it.
We finally pulled into Seattle around dinner time. We were staying at The Edgewater (a place on David’s bucket list) and it was quite nice. It was neat because it was right on the water (pier 67) in downtown Seattle. We had a great view from our room!
We could see the city to the left…
and Elliott Bay in the Puget Sound to our right!
We quickly got settled in our lovely room, then walked a few blocks up to the Pike Place Fish Market. Unfortunately, it was already (pretty much) done for the day. So, based on a recommendation from the hotel, we went to Cutters for dinner. We were seated right by the window and had a fantastic view of the waterfront. Even better, our food was excellent. I didn’t want to eat anything heavy, so the waiter recommended the grilled hearts of romaine and a pan seared crab cake. It was perfect and the best meal I had on the trip. Yes, even the grilled lettuce! Who would have thunk it.
Back at the room we had a pretty nighttime view of the city.
Happy and full, we hit the hay early in preparation for a long day of travel tomorrow.