Saturday, July 12, 2014

Astoria to the San Juans

 After leaving Portland, we caught the tide down river and over nighted on the Claskanie Slough. As we wanted  good weather to sail up the Washington Coast, meaning following wind and seas, it was raining part of the trip. The wind blows SW to South when it rains this time of year. Normal wind pattern is 15-25 NW, not great for bashing North.Above is the Astoria Megler Bridge. It is over five miles long at the mouth of the Columbia.
 Astoria, after being a forestry and fishing community for over a hundred years has being trying to reinvent itself. This is a 1913 electric trolley car that has been lovingly restored by volunteers. For $2 you can ride back and forth on the Astoria waterfront and hear the running monologue of the volunteers. Very convenient for cruisers as it stops by marina and the local grocery store 2 miles away.
 As the overhead power lines no longer exists the trolley tows a generator behind the car.
Tatoosh Island, Entrance to the Straits of Juan de Fuca. The trip up the coast was quite easy for this stretch of ocean. As predicted , wind was Southerly but did not have the pressure that was predicted. We motor sailed most of the way. No complaints , I  have made this trip when it was brutal, motor sailing is OK!

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