Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Astoria Part 2

On Sunday morning we had breakfast at Pig 'N Pancake. You might try elsewhere if you want something really special, but if you're looking for a kid-friendly restaurant with standard breakfast fare served up by a grandmotherly waitress named Orchid, it will do nicely.

We spent the first part of the day at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. With admission to the museum, you get to tour the Lightship Columbia. I think Shaun and I actually found that more interesting than the boys did.

Weapons! Now we're talkin'.

MY favorite thing at the museum was a film on the history of navigation on the Columbia River. I had no idea that super-elite pilots have to come aboard to guide ships through the treacherous bar where the river meets the ocean. According to Wikipedia, "Approximately 16 bar pilots, earning about $180,000/year, guide ships across the bar, often approaching the ships by helicopter."  

This exhibit plays a video about Coast Guard rescue operations.  

Shaun and I both could have used some more time at the museum to read all the interesting history about the artifacts, but the boys got pretty antsy once they were dragged away from a life-sized boat cabin with numerous buttons and sound effects. Besides, there was still the shore to visit!  Astoria Part 3!

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