Spending the next few weeks in Washington State to climb mountains, run beautiful trails, and DRINK GOOD COFFEE! :) Ahh, yes... one of the things I love about WA is all the little drive-through espresso stands in the tiniest of towns. This is the bridge crossing the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. And below is the quaint town of Astoria with the same bridge in the background:
And THIS is the Astoria Column , the top of which can be reached by climbing a circular staircase of 164 steps. Kind of reminded me of climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa as a child... only this one was skinnier... and not leaning. The exterior artwork was pretty cool.
An interesting factoid: this is the area where Lewis & Clark wintered upon finally reaching the Pacific Ocean. The NPS has erected a "replica" of their fort on, or at least very near, the actual site, as well as a visitors' center, etc.