Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking about 1/2 mile; paths, flat trails. Elective climb at Astoria Column, 164 stairs.
Aboard ship in the River Bar & Grill.
We will step off the ship, board a motorcoach, and set out on a field trip to the Astoria Column. This pillar, located in the heart of Astoria, presents local history in mural form on the exterior walls of the column, with breathtaking views from the top. A local expert will give us a welcome and brief history when we arrive, followed by an elective opportunity to climb the column and enjoy the view from the hill. Following the Astoria Column field trip, we’ll head back down to the ship, stopping at the Columbia River Maritime Museum on the way. Founded in 1962, the Columbia River Maritime Museum has become one of the top maritime museums in the country. Its mission is preserving the maritime heritage of the Columbia River region and the Pacific Northwest. A highlight is the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark. It was the final lightship to be moored at the mouth of the Columbia River. We will have an opportunity to roam through the collection of more than 30,000 items, experience what it was like to pilot a tugboat in the tugboat simulator, and hear stories of Coast Guard rescues on the Columbia River Bar.
Aboard ship in the Astoria Dining Room or the River Bar & Grill.
Next, we’ll board our motorcoach and head to Fort Clatsop, where the Lewis & Clark expedition spent the harsh winter of 1805-1806 after realizing no ship was coming to pick them up and take them East. The fort was named in honor of the local Clatsop Indians. The 33-member party spent the winter of 1805-06 learning from the Clatsop people, making moccasins and buckskin clothing, storing food, and reworking their maps and journals in preparation for their long journey back to St. Louis.
Enjoy entertainment or other activities, spend time with fellow Road Scholars to discuss the day’s events, or just relax.