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Cape Lookout & Tillamook OR 10/3 - 10/5


Ha ha - you know you've been on the road for a long time when you make plans to stay at a campground you're pretty sure you've never been to, only to realize you camped here two years before! We realized it as soon as we turned on the road to Cape Lookout. Oh well, even tho this isn't our favorite C/G, it IS on the ocean and it'll be fine for a couple of nights. The weather forecast calls for light rain, and more of it. Cape Lookout is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route that begins in Tillamook and we were sure we could find something to do in the area!!


One of the "haystack" rocks off the scenic Oregon coast. The second photo looks south toward the Cape.


"Chicken-of-the-Woods" mushroom clusters all over a fallen log. Interesting tree, uh, roots...?

Monday was cool, overcast and windy. We were able to get in a nice hike, tho because of a very high tide, we couldn't walk on the beach. Mostly we followed a path thru the woods bordering the beach, watching powerful breakers crash into distant headlands. I do mean crash!

Tuesday at breakfast, we decided it would be a good day to lighten our overflowing laundry basket. The camp host recommended a laundromat in Tillamook and, again, when we neared the place we had déjà vu all over again: We washed clothes here two years ago! (sigh...!) When finished, we drove to Tillamook Cheese Factory/Museum (another place we visited two yrs ago!). We liked it then and we enjoyed it today, including lunch. It's interesting watching the cheese-making process.

Jimmy can attest Tillamook makes tasty cheese. A packaging line in the factory with great big blocks of yummy cheddar cheese.

So many choices: We picked Monterey Jack. These gals give their ALL for Tillamook Cheese.

Rain began in earnest as we pulled into the C/G - we unloaded laundry and cheese and settled in, happy to be safe and snug in Tergel as a strong Pacific storm pushed ashore. Since the apples we picked over a wk ago were beginning to actually smell like apples, we dumped out half of them, peeled and quartered 'em, and made delicious applesauce - served warm it's like dessert! On a roll now, we collaborated on our favorite Swiss chard/rotini dinner... and ate every morsel! Good day to cook. Rain, rain, go away! We decided to leave in the morning, heading south to try and escape the week-long rain predicted. It rained all night.

3 comments:

  1. We're over in Bend, where rain was forecast yesterday - instead, we had mostly sunny skies. When we hiked to the top of Pilot Butte, with it's 360 degree view, we could see fresh snow on the Cascades, and rain falling to the north and east, but we stayed dry. YAY. VERY cold, though, compared to what we've been used to lately. I see frost outside...

    Safe travels!

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  2. Hahah. Interesting cheese worker uniforms. "I Loaf Yo" Good one!

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  3. @ Laurie: Time to point our noses south!

    @ Rob: One of the shirts said, "Loaf your neighbor" - cute, huh?

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