After picking up our mail yesterday, we drove down to Seaside, Oregon to make a bank deposit, since that’s where the closest Bank of America branch is. Okay, Miss Terry drove, because to get to Seaside involves crossing the Columbia River on the Astoria-Megler Bridge. If you’ve been following our travels for very long, you know that all high bridges scare me, and this bridge is the granddaddy of them all!
Starting out with a long curving approach high above the river on the Oregon side, the bridge drops steeply down to just above water level, where it continues across to the Washington side. It’s just over four miles long, and two lanes wide. The higher portion is enclosed by a superstructure, and the downhill slope and the rest of the bridge just has side rails. I got my start in the newspaper business here on the Pacific Northwest coast, and I drove across the bridge literally hundreds of times, in everything from cars and pickups, to a motorcycle. But the first time I came to it in a motorhome, where I sit up so high that the guardrails are only as high as my tires, I had a panic attack, and drove 75 miles upriver to cross on a lower bridge, only to drive 75 miles back to the Washington side of the bridge! Yes, I know it makes no sense, but that’s why they call them phobias.
Terry, on the other hand, is fearless and can handle anything, so these days she drives over the scary bridges while I sit in the passenger seat and snivel. Very loudly, I might add.
Though they are both tourist oriented beach towns, Seaside is a much busier than laid back Long Beach. And, of course, the traffic was a lot busier too.
With our banking done, we stopped to check out the Seaside Leisure Time Resort, where we will be going when we leave here in early September. I have to say, based upon our short visit, this could easily become our favorite campground in the Thousand Trails family. The RV sites are roomy and laid out in such a way that you don’t feel like your neighbor can hear you sneeze, the place is well groomed, there is a nice indoor pool, and all of the staff seemed very friendly. And best of all, my Droid Razr Maxx had four bars of 4G Verizon service! We’re really looking forward to staying there.
On our last trip through this area we discovered an excellent Chinese restaurant in Astoria called the Golden Luck, so we decided to stop there for dinner, and if anything, it was even better than we remembered! Terry and I agree that it is in the Top 5 Chinese restaurants we’ve found anywhere en the country and definitely deserves its place in our Guide to Favorite Restaurants.
After dinner we stopped at Safeway to stock the larder, and then headed back across the big bridge and home. It’s only uncomfortable crossing in our Ford Explorer. I’m saving the real panic attack for when we cross it in our motorhome!
If anything, the poor internet service we had when we arrived here has gotten worse every day, and it takes a lot of work to do simple things like checking e-mail or posting the blog. But Bad Nick stuck with it and managed to post a new Bad Nick blog titled One Butt Whipping To Go. Check it out and leave a comment.
Thought For The Day – Too much emergency medicine prevents natural selection.