The coastal town of Tillamook sits just inland from the Tillamook Bay. It’s not a large city, but it’s big enough to have everything you will need for a trip to the beach. In and around Tillamook there are many outdoor activities available: boating, golfing, riding atv’s, & hang gliding just to name a few. It seems the middle of all the action is in
We can’t drive through Tillamook without stopping at the Cheese Factory. We’ve been there a thousand times & I’m sure we’ll go a thousand more times. The factory makes cheese. Fabulous Tillamook Cheese! From a viewing area upstairs, cheese lovers can watch how it is made. I have peeked through those windows many, many times.
Located west of Tillamook, right along the Pacific Ocean, is Oregon’s shortest lighthouse. The Cape Meares Lighthouse may be small, but is a lovely place to visit. The short walk to the lighthouse is gorgeous with views of rugged cliffs and ocean waves. There is no charge to climb to the top of the lighthouse and we learn something new each time we visit.
Located between Seaside & Cannon Beach is Ecola State Park. It is a lovely place to catch some waves, or simply watch the waves, go hiking or spot coastal wildlife. Members of the Corps of Discovery traveled here to reach a beached whale. They were hoping to trade the meat and blubber with local Native American tribes, but the locals got to the whale first.
Located at an altitude of 3200 feet in the Willamette National Forest is a lake, Fish Lake. In the early 1900’s a hotel, store, saloon, barn & blacksmith shop were built nearby. The area served as a popular stop for travelers crossing the Cascades via the Santiam Wagon Road. Once Highway 20 was built, it was no longer needed as a way stop. Many of
Central Oregon’s landscape is very different than that of the Northwest part, where we live. It is considered high dessert, has dry summer’s and snowy winters. The area is dominated by volcanic activity with craters, cinder cones & piles of lava rock. A great place to visit to see all this volcanic action is Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest, about 30 miles
I have lived in Oregon all my life and the first time I saw Crater Lake was about 11 years ago. Farm Kid1 was just a couple months old. It was as amazing as everyone says. Wanting my kids to see this natural wonder at a younger age than I was when I saw it the first time, we visited it again a couple years