From there, we followed the map in the book to "The Goonies House" (368 -38th Street). Although it's changed some in the 20 years since the movie was filmed, it is still awe-inspiring. From the hill the house is on (up a private driveway, so you have to park at the bottom of the hill (there's a sign welcoming The Goonies though)), you have not only the house, but a great view of the Columbia river and the city of Astoria. You can even see "Data's house" where data slid down the rope into the Walshs' house. However, the yard is no longer, but you can still imagine Chunk doing the "truffle shuffle." Well worth the trip.
A trip to Astoria is not complete without a trip to the Astoria Column. Many of the establishing shots for Goonies were taken from this lookout point. The column is located on top of Coxcomb Hill and displays 14 scenes commemorating the history of Astoria spiraling around the 125 foot tower. For free, you can climb the 164 steps up to the platform at the top of the structure. Up here, you are offered a gorgeous view of Astoria and the Columbia River. Before you make the trek up the stairs, make sure you go in the gift shop and buy a 70-cent balsa wood plane to throw off the top. As one guy said "it's the best 70 cents he's ever spent." It was cool to watch all the people throw their planes off and they would catch the airstream and float really far.
For more information on The Goonies from some experts, visit thegoonies.org. A great site. Be sure and watch the "movie" that they made -- it's really funny.
July 21, 2003
From journal 52 Hours in Portland