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October 14, 2009

Goonies Never Say Die!

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 2:55 am

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This one’s for all you Goonies fans out there!  There are Goonies fans out there, right?!  RIGHT?!

I by turns got chuckles/scoffs and high-fives/”Awesome!”s when I told people that a big part of my Oregon coast trip was to see the Goonies sights.  I say my, not because I wasn’t willing to share the Goonie love with Neal, but because poor young tyke that he is, his Goonie experience is lacking. (Incidentally, he was one of the chuckler/scoffers when I first mentioned it, but by the time we got to the Astoria, OR area he was an absolute sport, even POSING in one picture himself–this is actually one of the signs of the apocalypse, so you should all live a little more righteously now).

Before I went on my search to figure out where the Goonies locations were, I had no idea that it was so common to take pictures of yourself at selected Goonies locations and post them side-by-side with screenshots on the internet (I am still one of those people who are wide-eyed about all the internet offers; have you guys heard of YouTube?  Unreal 🙂 ).  Here are just two of those websites if you want to see some real pros in action:

I didn’t do quite the thorough job of hitting every site or carrying the requisite doubloon, but I had a blast nonetheless.  I got my first glimpse of Haystack Rock


and was giddy as a school girl (until a bunch of school girls came to the same lookout spot and I realized how annoying school-girl giddiness can be).  So we left straightaway . . . I mean, after attempting to get a shot with my finger strategically placed on top of the rock (don’t judge me):


I love how it looks like I'm wearing a one-eyed-willy eyepatch--totally unintentional, just one of those amazing coincidences 🙂


Of course, we had to get closer to Haystack Rock for a walk on beautiful Cannon Beach.


It was a stunning time of day with the fog rolling in, very Goonie-esque, and I could see little Mikey in my mind’s eye lining up the doubloon with this rock.


Yes, I'm still in love

(I may have also imitated his action, but I’m not saying.)

Next, we headed into the heart of Astoria to take a look at some of the city scenes:


Mikey's and Brand's dad's museum

Mikey's and Brand's dad's museum

The iconic county jail from which the Fratellis escape (a special place in my heart :) )

The iconic jail from which the Fratellis escape (holds a special place in my heart 🙂 )

Data's house

Data's house

Here’s where I tried to get Neal to reenact Data’s sister’s temper tantrum when Brand steals her bike.  Although I couldn’t get any stomping or yelling, I think the hands-on-the-hips and slightly cocked foot says a lot.  Well done, Neal, poser-in-training.

And for the pièce de résistance:


The Goondocks . . . where their Goonie adventure began and ours ended.  (At least until next summer when I’m tempted to go back for the 25th anniversary celebration!)



  1. Good call, Kjell. You know your Goonies lore!

    Comment by llcall — October 14, 2009 @ 2:56 am

  2. I always accidentally think of the movie Gremlins when I hear the word Goonies. It must not be that memorable. 🙂 With that last picture, that Suburban doesn’t, by chance, belong to people who own the property and who, by chance, believe in prosecuting trespassers, does it? I mean, I’m glad you had fun on your trip. Hehe.

    Comment by Elizabeth H — October 14, 2009 @ 6:07 am

  3. that looks so fun! I want to go on a trip to take pics of all the sites of… well, I guess I would have to commit to something and then go 🙂

    Comment by receli — October 15, 2009 @ 1:10 am

  4. Wait, tell me about this 25th Anniversary thing … I need this.

    Comment by Christian — October 20, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

  5. how funny.. i had no idea you’re dedication to that movie. now i know (that you’re crazy) HAHA

    Comment by Lindsay — October 21, 2009 @ 2:41 am

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