“Goonies Never Say Die!” – Astoria, OR

The Goonies' House!

The Goonies’ House!

Note to the reader: This was written in August while we were still traveling… enjoy!

Well we’ve officially been back on the West Coast for a couple of weeks now, slowly working our way home to Southern California. It’s hard not to get antsy and want to speed home, but we are really trying to soak up all we can of the tail end of our adventure. It’s been almost nine months we’ve been on the road (and I’m still not pregnant, to all you who were taking bets back home before we left) and by the time we reach home we will have been gone over ten months. We’re still loving it out here, and planning some new adventures, too!

Cape Disappointment lighthouse

Cape Disappointment lighthouse

I’d read about Cape Disappointment in southwest Washington state on our favorite full-timer RV blog, wheelingit.wordpress.com. This lovely couple had posted some pretty awesome pics of the beach at Cape Disappointment. We couldn’t get a spot at the State Park campground so we opted for a KOA just outside of Astoria, Oregon, across the big green bridge from Washington. Part of the draw for us to stay in Astoria was this was where the bulk of the movie “The Goonies” was filmed. Both Chris and I watched this movie endless times as kids, teenagers and even adults (Josh Brolin was SO CUTE). So to see the house where Mikey and Bran lived, and the surrounding town where so many scenes took place, was super fun for us.

Besides the tire tracks, this beach was empty

Besides the tire tracks, this beach was empty

We spent the only sunny day we had walking around Cape Disappointment. Despite its name, the place did not let us down. There’s a really cool Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (read: museum) there, and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. The more I learn about Lewis and Clark’s adventures, the more I want to know. Did you know of the thirty-something men (and one woman and one infant) that travelled in their team only one died? And it was likely appendicitis, not starvation or a weird nameless disease from a strange unknown land or something like that. Pretty impressive for guys who walked/canoed/rode horses over 3,000 miles from St Louis to the Pacific Ocean. After we checked out the museum we drove down to the beach access at Beard’s Hollow and walked out to an empty black sand beach. There was a light breeze (a zephyr wind!) and the sun was warm so the three of us just hung out and buried Zeph in the sand and relaxed. It was a lovely day.
I spent one whole rainy day at the campground doing laundry, which was necessary, and we also decided that it was high time Zephyr ditch his pacifier. I asked him one afternoon if he wanted to go to bed without his paci that night. He said yes so we went for it! There was an extra half hour of squirming to fall asleep that night, but we are now on day four and we are not turning back! I’m so proud of that little boy.
After three nights in Astoria it was time to move south again… slowly but surely making our way home!

A quick view of the beach at Beard's Hollow at Cape Disappointment

A quick view of the beach at Beard’s Hollow at Cape Disappointment

A joyful boy on the beach

A joyful boy on the beach

The big green bridge from Washington to Oregon, over the Columbia River

The big green bridge from Washington to Oregon, over the Columbia River

A happy boy buried in the sand with his paci. That night he went to sleep without it and we've never looked back!

A happy boy buried in the sand with his paci. That night he went to sleep without it and we’ve never looked back!

Chris de-boning salmon in the Moho

Chris de-boning salmon in the Moho

Chris and Zeph relaxin' on the beach at Cape Disappointment

Chris and Zeph relaxin’ on the beach at Cape Disappointment