The Fulfillment Series

The Fulfillment Series

Monday, June 6, 2016

Adventuring With The Rhews Part 2

So I ran out of room on my last post about the Redwoods (I am a chatty author, after all), so here's part two about our trip to Astoria!!

As I said in the last post, Deek and I have less than one month before the BIG move! We're rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get everything set up in the South and closed down here in the Pacific Northwest. AND we want to be sure we squeeze in some of our "must see" items. Hence, every weekend is now booked with friends, family, and adventure!!

Last weekend, we went to Astoria, Oregon with Deek's parents to see all things Goonies related!! PS. If you're wondering why I'm always wearing a hat lately, there's a reason. I went from purple back to blonde, and it's a hard process on the hair. It's in a "recovery" state for the next three weeks. I'm not allowed to flat iron or blow dry it during that time, and I'm supposed to wear a bun or hat to keep it most protected. ;) The things we do for beauty... LOL!

Anyway, on to Astoria...

The lovely city of Astoria from up high

The view above is from the top of this puppy--The Astoria Column. It's 164 very narrow steps round and round in an itty bitty circle to get to the top. What a good quad workout! ;) 

The landing on this thing is TEENY tiny! People are bumping and shoving to get around and see stuff, and you feel like you could be pitched over the side by other people or the wind. A little unnerving to say the least. But worth it for the views!

The house from the movie Short Circuit! Who knew so many films were made in this little town?

Deer, just frolicking in the grass outside the Short Circuit house.

The jailhouse from Goonies, which is now the Oregon Film Museum!

Goin' to jail...

Upon entrance to the film museum, you get to have a mug shot taken! We all agreed Deek's dad has THE BEST mugshot. ROFL!

When authors get booked

He's menacing in this one!!


Deek's mom and me--LOL!

And Deek's dad--BEST shot of the day!!

We made it to the Goondocks!!

Deek and I on the film set.

Deek's parents on the film set. They were laughing so hard they couldn't hardly talk. LOL!

Data's coat!!

Jailbirds (Deek's mom trips me out peeking in from the back!

This made me laugh out loud. LOVE IT!

Flavel house. WOW!

I went to find the bathrooms, found this heart stone, and texted it to my love, Deek! <3

Inside the Flavel house. Doesn't he look distinguished?

Astoria Trolley! I was so excited to ride this thing. It had THE coolest seats ever!

This sign trips me out!

Deek's parents on the trolley

The boardwalk where they filmed some scenes from Free Willy!

The Astoria bridge!

PS. If you're wondering why the posts are still in the water, here's the answer. Whoever had a claim on the docks that used to be there retains the right as long as the stumps are in the water. If they're pulled up, that section of water become property of the city. 

The Red Building. LOL! Clever naming... ;) 

The only bit of sandy beach in all of Astoria

We ate a restaurant that has a Plexiglass floor which allows you to see the sea lions hanging out on the docks below!

Amazing buildings!


So the owner of the Goonies' house no longer allows people on the property because of vandalism, theft, and voyeurism. What's wrong with people these days?

We respected the owner's wishes and viewed the house from afar.

The school from Kindergarten Cop

We decided to ride over the bridge into Washington

Ominous clouds

I love this pic

So, overall, I just thought we'd go to Astoria to see the Goonies memorabilia and leave. What I didn't expect...I really loved Astoria. In fact, I want to live there for a while when Deek and I do our vagabond life. Deek agreed, so it's officially on the "vagabond life list." And I know just the neighborhood I'd like to try to find a house in. Seriously, if you get a chance to go to Astoria, do. It's a beautiful, quaint, adorable town! 

Big thanks to Deek and his parents for the amazing weekend. We talked and laughed the whole day, and I loved every minute of it. Family...that's what it's all about, folks!

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