One of my favorite places in Oregon, Astoria on the north coast, celebrates its bicentennial this year. I've been visiting Astoria (as an adult) as regularly as possible since the late 1990s. In my May 10th radio interview, I talked about the inspiration the area gave me for elements of Tristan's Travels.
While many people seem to think of Astoria as a dark and dreary place, my visits often take place on the most beautiful days: brilliant blue skies, cool ocean breezes, and wonderful ocean views. (If you want to see some good Astoria photos, check out the video trailer for our little "tale of tails." Several photos are courtesy Oregon photographer Austin Granger.) So, I hope you can stop by Astoria, Oregon and wish it happy 200th! It's a great place to visit, and, I imagine, even a better place to stay.