After a couple days at Nehalem Bay, we headed a bit down the road to Cape Lookout State Park, just outside of Tillamook. As we drove through town we passed a sign that was tempting, yet threatened great harm to my wallet.
But… we’re on our way to the state park, so I can’t stop now.
We arrived and got ourselves set up amongst the trees
and skunk cabbage.
Then we went back to the cheese.
Tillamook Cheese has an interesting history. The cheese factory is a facility run by the Tillamook County Creamery Association, which currently includes 110 dairies. The Tillamook Valley is ideal for dairy cattle, but it is isolated by the surrounding mountains. So in 1854 several area farmers built the schooner Morning Star to transport their goods to market. While only used by the farmers for a short time, it helped establish a market and is the logo for the TCCA. A recreation of the schooner resides on the factory grounds (pictured above).
The factory tour begins with the obligatory photo op. Kathryn decided her place was behind the camera.
Then we went upstairs where there is a small history display,
and where you can view parts of the factory, from the vats
Some of which they sell in the store on the first floor.
In addition to cheese, the TCCA produces other dairy products which include ice cream.
Cheese and Ice Cream… a deadly combination. After splurging on an ice cream treat, we picked up a small amount of cheese and headed back to the Airstream.
There’s lots of stuff besides cheese here though, of which we only had time for some.
We sent to see the Cape Meares Lighthouse.
When functional, the light alternated between red and white.
Interestingly, when you peer through the first order Fresnel lens, far off objects are inverted, while objects close to the lens remain right side up.
We saw a massive Sitka spruce known as the octopus tree.
Estimated to be around 250 years old, this three owes it’s shape to the local Tillamook tribe. They shaped the branches to hold canoes and other ceremonial objects.
We hiked out to Munson Falls, Oregon’s larges waterfall.
While back at the park, I enjoyed a hike up the hill,
To an ocean overlook.
Mary an I spent an evening on the beach watching the sun go down (pictured above). Close to sunset, a hang-glider soared overhead
And then came in for a perfect landing on the beach.
We had a good time here.