When I was a child The Goonies was one of my favorite movies. It inspired and delighted my young mind; filling it with fantasies of adventure and exploration. As I travel the world as an adult I can still see a bit of The Goonies inside of me. It’s not limited to exotic foreign locations. In the spring of 2009 I was asked to fly to Portland to film an ethnographic documentary project for Microsoft focused on the Open Source software culture in America. Instead of flying directly to PDX I flew into Seattle and drove down, arriving in Portland the night before the conference. We filmed for two days (which is the subject of another post) and then had 2+ free days after the conference to drive back to Seattle to catch the return flight home.
The conference was winding down and the only thing left was a marathon game of Werewolf and tone-deaf Geek Karaoke. The crew and I packed up and decided to head out. The place was starting to smell a little gamey from the lack of showering (not on our part) and close quarters. When I travel I usually don’t like to have much of a plan. I just like to pick a direction and go. 90% of the time it turns out well and this time was no exception. That day I simply pointed the car west, punched in coordinates on the GPS and drove through the hills to reach the coast.
We arrived after dark at a Bed & Breakfast near Canyon Beach. It was still early in the season so very few places were open. We managed to grab dinner and drinks and then retire early. Early the next morning we woke up and ventured out to explore the area. As I walked down the path to the beach something looked familiar. I had never been to Oregon before so I knew I had seen this place somewhere else. I grabbed my phone and did a quick google search. Sure enough, I had seen this beach before. It was one of the locations where The Goonies was filmed.
Upon returning to the B&B I did some more research and found a fan Web site that detailed all the filming locations from back in the early 1980′s. Special thanks to the guys from The Goonies Web site, you made a grown man very happy. Based on their detailed maps and information, the next two days would be a Goonies Tour, tracking all the filming locations and visiting all the small towns along the way.
The best part of the trip was finding the original Goonies house in Astoria, Oregon. I’m going to pretend there are still secret treasures hidden in the attic. It’s the way it should be. If you’re ever in the area, you must visit. After all, we’re all Goonies.
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