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Hot Coffee and a Horn - Sunday Morning on the Oregon Coast
Astoria - Warrenton

ASTORIA -- A trumpeter sits alone on a bench at the waterfront, playing a sweet tune to an audience of gulls, ducks and one puzzled seal.

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It’s a precious moment on an overcast Sunday, when the forecast calls for yet another week of rain along the Columbia River.

 

Visitors disembarking from Astoria’s restored 1914 trolley pause to listen before the musician leaves for a gig at the Wet Dog Cafe nearby.

 

In the showers that follow, watching the river from the cafe’s big windows seems like the most cosy place in town.

 

At 2 p.m., there’s still a long line-up for window seats because the scenery is so striking.

 

Diners tuck into fish and chips and micro-brewed beer with labels such as “Da Bomb Blonde Ale”, “Old Red Beard Amber” and “Astoria ESB”.

 

They watch silver fishing boats dart like minnows past six, giant freighters anchored in the river.

 

The ships paint the grey day with bold swaths of red and white on the cold, blue Columbia.

 

Mmmmm... another sip of hot coffee on a cool, but dry, Spring Sunday morning on the Oregon Coast.

 

Photo by Hadi Dadashian

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