I am a HUGE Goonies fan. The Goonies was filmed in 1985 in Astoria, Oregon and opened in 1986 when I was ten years old. I don’t remember the first time I ever saw it but my brother and I watched Goonies so many times we could (and still can) recite it word for word. So when we started planning our trip to Ocean Shores for my birthday, I decided the time had come for a Goonies Pilgrimage. Ocean Shores is only a couple of hours from Astoria. If it didn’t rain. If it did we were going to head east in search of some sun and save the trip to Astoria for another time.
Thankfully the day of our departure from Ocean Shores dawned bright and clear so we took the sceanic route known as the “Cranberry Coast Route” or SR-105. We rode by old cranberry bogs, oyster canneries and through several communities perched right on the edge of the Pacific. We absorbed as much of the blissful sun as we could. At Raymond we followed the signs for Astoria and US 101 south past more oyster canneries and miles of protected estuaries on the Wilapa River. A short trip on SR-401 brought us down to the great Columbia River.
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I have written about my history nerdiness before, it’s hard to contain! I work in a HBC fur trade post. So the history of the Pacific Northwest is particularly interesting to me. The sight of the Columbia River, the main artery for the fur trade in (what is now) north-central BC until the Oregon Boundary Treaty of 1846, makes my heart flutter. Astoria, then called Fort George, was the point of entry into the New Caledonia district (Now British Columbia, Washington and Oregon) for the British-owned Hudson Bay Co. I had underestimated the sheer size of the Columbia. I was impressed and awed. Riding toward the bridge across the river, we also passed by the 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition camps, Station Camp and Dismal Nitch. History-nerdiness aside, we were headed into the homeland of the Goonies! We crossed the 6.5 km long, Astoria-Megler Bridge, and entered Oregon and Astoria.
The first thing I did was find a loo. Then the second thing I did was to find the local tourist office and just exactly where all these Goonie landmarks were and how to get there. Since it was getting late in the afternoon we also decided we had better find where we would be staying for the night. (By chance the B&B I booked just happened to be the one Sean Austin’s Dad stayed in when they were filming the movie.) So, map in hand we went off in search of some historical Goonie landmarks. (Keep scrolling down.)
Do you have an all time favorite movie? Do you love it so much you would go on a pilgrimage? Leave me a comment below or drop me a line and stay tuned for more on Astoria.