I was a big weenie and chicken years ago when my husband and I went into the column to climb it. I chickened out about ten steps up. He came down and said WOW. Maybe you'll climb it some day. And so we came back this summer and the whole hillside was swarming with people. And the line of people climbing the spiral stairs up to the top was solid and crowded. Little kids, daddies carrying infants. If these people could climb, so could I. And I did. And when I got to the top on this blue day, I saw the marvelous 36- degree panoramic vision. The confluence of the Lewis River into the Columbia, the Columbia into the Ocean, and in the distance, the saddle of Saddleback Mountain. People were sending the little balsam wood airplanes off and some were actually sailing on the updrafts for four minutes before disapearing into the fir trees in the distance. The column is the signature piece of the city, a beautiful city, Astoria, that has become my favorite destination on the Oregon coast. History fans will love the mosiacs that decorate the outer surface of the column. You can imagine, up here, what Lewis and Clark must have thought, even though they never saw the landscape from this vantage point. A great experience. Take your time climbing, though, you'll get out of breath.
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