Getting High in Astoria
I wrote yesterday about having dinner in a restaurant on the 30th floor of a building in Portland. I realized that it has been quite a while since I’ve been on the 30th floor or higher of any building. That’s pretty damn high; over 300 feet. The highest floor I’ve been on recently is the 14th floor of OHSU, but since that building is on a slope that is only the second floor above the North grade.
I once dated a woman that was a real country girl and the big events in her early life were the first times she ever rode an escalator or in an elevator. This got me thinking about the few opportunities people have here in Astoria to go up in a high structure.
Astoria is such a beautiful town with the varied architecture that is framed by the Columbia River on one side and the hill side full of homes on the other side. A bird-eye view never disappoints the viewer in this town. Even stuff the locals find unpleasant to look at can easily charm visitors.
I’ve been on the top floor of the Spexarth Building. I’ve been on the top floor of 800 Exchange. I’ve been on the top floor and the roof-top garden of the Hotel Elliot. I haven’t been in the old St Mary’s Hospital Building, or that big eight story building that looks like a Mormon Temple in Astoria.
The best high in Astoria is the climb up the Astoria Column, but it is presently closed because the stairs are unsafe. However the views for the Astoria Column parking lot are more amazing than most views that can be found anywhere else. We are pretty lucky to live here.