I am not a museum guy. Old stuff… whatever. But just in case you pack up your tent, RV or sleeping bag and head for Fort Stevens — do make a point of visiting the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon. I swear you will find it fascinating even if you’ve never cared a bit about boats and ships and whatnot. Check out their website whydon’tcha.
And now, back to our story. Please see below. The photo has been lightened up in post-processing by an amateur photographer who will remain nameless — this is so you can see the picture. In reality it is quite dark in this place.
I have nightmares about zombies. Yes, I watch them on TV, but when I’m asleep they’re real. And they’re always just around the corner. And it’s always dark. And… you know.
When we visited Battery Russel at Fort Stevens State Park, all I could think is what a perfect spot for a zombie scene.
I am not alone in my trepidation.
Side note: has anyone noticed what great teeth zombies have? What happened to the denture wearers or meth-heads who were bitten? Did they re-grow great teeth?
For the post-apocolyptically minded, the hole would also be a great place to store zombies, who don’t climb well. You could just keep them in there and scare people with them.
Up at the top of the battery structure, I found what I think is a place for command types, or maybe people who organized the aiming of the giant guns that used to be here. It would be easy for them to duck, if necessary, to avoid getting blinded or deafened or flattened. Also, zombies, were they to show up, would never think to look in there, right?
Look outward from that little room and you can see where the ocean used to be. Well, it’s still there, but…
Historical note: this engine of war was only fired upon once. Sometime during World War II, a Japanese submarine (or two) lobbed some of their lightweight shells from the ocean up toward this battery.
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Following is daring.