Never say die indeed!
Note: If you want to read this post, first you have to do the truffle shuffle.
For those of you who remember The Goonies, you probably know that it was filmed down at Cannon Beach and Astoria in Oregon – which is where we decided to go for our last weekend getaway!
Once again, we packed up Ben and Delia’s car, jumped in with Moby and Honey and made the 4 hour trip down. We stopped for dinner on the way at the Fort George Brewery in Astoria – great food and beers! And a dog friendly patio.
Once there, we checked into our little motel room and the next day, started exploring. Naturally, the first thing we did was hit the beach and check out the famous Haystock Rock that feature in the movie. So cool.
Weather wise it was a bit cloudy, foggy and cool, but not unbearable. The beach itself was huge – really wide, and really long. And the water was choppy and freezing.
Esh and Ben trekking around:
It was also Moby’s first beach experience! He was a bit unsure of the waves, but loved the water! We only went in up to our knees.
He and Honey also got to run free for a while, which they loved.
Cannon Beach itself is a fun, quaint little town with lots of art & craft, antique-ish and candy shops, and lots of good places to eat. Including Bill’s Tavern!
Saturday night also saw us having dinner at a great restaurant called the Irish Table. The soda bread, shepherd’s pie, pork and steak were delicious.
Then came Sunday. After checking out and buying a tonne of taffy at the famed lolly shop in town, we went on a drive through Ecola State Park. This is the place where the kids ride their bikes through, where you see those cliff views of the beach and rock (and I think where Mikey holds up the skull) and where the Fratelli’s hideout was built for the film.
After a quick stopover for a beer or two at India Beach, we headed back to Astoria to check out the Goonies house!
Unfortunately, the house was closed to visitors – the driveway sealed off in an ultra unfriendly manner and half the house covered with tarp. Apparently thousands people of showed up for the 30th anniversary of the movie (which the local council promoted), and the owners weren’t too happy about it.
At least we got to snap it from afar. The view you can see is the side facing the driveway (which the kids ride down on their bikes). The entry to the house (where the front gate and the truffle shuffle tree stump is) is around the other side.
Next, we headed down to the port to see the resident sea lions! There were dozens of them and they were HUGE. They were also super stinky and very loud. Apparently they are a bit of a pest for the fishermen, but nobody can seem to figure out how to get them to move on. However, it was cool to see real ones in the wild – and not in the zoo!
Finally, it was home time. All in all, it was very cool to tread where the Goonies (and Richard Donner!) once did. We didn’t find any treasure, but we had a fun and fabulous time!
Here’s to the next Goonie adventure. Oh, and here’s a more picturesque photo of Haystack Rock taken in the 20-minute window when the sun actually came out!
Never say die! PS. Always separate the drugs.