Astoria, Oregon was the setting for the movie and the town has since become a shrine to the ‘80s classic. The town itself seems frozen in time, its former fishing and lumber days seem almost forgotten, and tourism has taken over as the main source of economic growth.
The nostalgic atmosphere of the town naturally inspired us to share the movie with our two children while staying in Astoria. We relaxed in a charming downtown hotel, a short bike ride down the hill from Mikey’s house, and wistfulness washed over us as we enjoyed the adventuresome film.
When it ended, I realized the movie served as more than entertainment, it was also a training manual for proper survival techniques. I concluded my husband and I had been remiss in teaching our children these important skills.
Thankfully, the following key survival skills can be learned from watching The Goonies:
1 | Don’t tie up your big brother with his own exercise equipment. You never know if this is truly the time he will kill you, and even if it’s not, you might need him for survival later on.
6 | The Truffle Shuffle is a life-saving skill. Be sure to include this skill in whatever self-defense techniques you learn.
It takes a village!
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