on the waterfronts of wheeler & astoria
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road. ―Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Friday, 22 January 2021. On the road again.
The Oregon coast is dotted with small towns and unincorporated communities. While driving US Route 101 one comes often upon clusters of homes, maybe with a store nearby, probably not, probably no filling station either.
These are small, quiet communities. Some are far enough away from larger towns with stores and gas stations; they have not attracted the city folks, those Portlanders and those California-types, who might be looking for a beach house.
Before heading further north to Astoria, I stopped in Wheeler. It is not large–Wheeler–but it does have two hotels, which makes it big. On the west side, in the middle of Wheeler, there is a rest stop that offers views of the Nehalem Bay, Neahkahnie Mountain, and the river estuary. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
Astoria to the north is the small big city. It has many filling stations and restaurants and hotels. It is busy. It is not quiet. Along the waterfront one will see pathways, walkways, and trolley tracks that give the place a sense of history. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
Between the main route east to Portland, or south to Newport, and the Pacific Ocean, there are some warehouses that hide these murals. They face the waterfront. From the main street one cannot see them. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
More specifically, one can stroll the Astoria River Walk that is parallel to the Columbia River Highway and Marine Drive and then look somewhere near the Astoria Brewing Company building between 11th Street and 12th Street.