We took our time with coffee, showers, and breakfast, but were back on the river around 10 AM. We had planned to anchor in the lee of Tongue Point, but the day was beautiful, and reports of bar conditions were favorable, and it was only noon, so we decided to make the trip across the river to Ilwaco. We have an appointment to have the boat pulled from the water there on Wednesday. No emergency, just need a fresh coat of bottom paint before we head into the ocean. We hope they may be able to accommodate an earlier lift since we made it here a day early.
At the Astoria Bridge we encountered increasing winds, and waves a solid 2 to 4 feet high. The bar itself appeared to be the same, but we could see breakers off Clatsop Spit. Then we turned north, and though the waves weren't any taller, now they were off our beam, causing us to roll more than the books on the table and the wine glasses on the shelf liked. They all began to jump! And I swept up 'break resistant' Titanium crystal pieces from the floor. (I also lost a special mug, but that was totally MY fault.)
|Those big ships can sure push a pile of water!|
|The City of Astoria on the hill to the left, with the Astoria Bridge on the right.|
|Al in his Captain's chair as we approach the Astoria Bridge|
|Entering the marina at Ilwaco|