Beach, Cheese & Light houses
Now down to Oregon Coast, we stopped at Cannon beach.
Cannon Beach is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, rests Cannon Beach. The city is famed for its forested headlands, towering monoliths and miles of pristine, sandy beaches. The Haystack Rock is a famous landmark. Other attractions readily reached from town include Ecola State Park, Indian and Crecent Beaches, the Bird Rocks and Silver Point. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is visible out to sea, amidst vistas of waves and seasonal populations of birds. Miles of beach, wooded areas, hiking trails, and parks offer plenty of healthy diversions in the great outdoors.
We where not able to take a photo of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. We don’t know the best place to view it.
TILLAMOOK ROCK LIGHTHOUSE is located 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head south Seaside, Tillamook Rock as a 62 feet high and stands 133 feet above sea level on a basalt rock islet. Its exposure to fierce storm waves gave rise to its nickname “Terrible Tilly”. Originally commissioned in 1881 to help guide ships entering the Columbia River, it was replaced by a whistle buoy in 1957. It is the only privately owned Oregon coast lighthouse on a National Register of Historic Places and was once used as a columbarium, a storage place for ashes of the deceased. There is no public access to Tillamook Rock, the Oregon Coast Trail on Tillamook Head between Ecola State Park offers the closest views. The lighthouse is also visible from the Indian Beach parking lot at Ecola.
On our way down south, we caught the Kite Festival at Rockaway Beach in Oregon. It was a cloudy day but it’s a good day for kites flying in the air. We stayed a while to take some photos of beautiful kites in different shapes and color.
Our next stop… TILLAMOOK CHEESE FACTORY
If you are lucky enough to find yourself on or around the Oregon Coast be sure to visit the wonderful Tillamook Cheese Factory. Located in Tillamook, the factory is a cooperative dairy that produces a wide range of products–yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, butter and, of course, their well known cheeses! More than a million folks visit the factory each year, so you can be sure it’s worthwhile. And, if you are a fan of cheese like me, this is the where we should be 🙂
I’ve never been to any cheese factory myself, even though my husband worked for Kraft cheese for 17 years. The day we were there was a holiday weekend and nothing much to see in action in their production area. Ed and I just sampled various cheeses ( the garlic and smoked flavor is my favorite), and toured the gift shop. Didn’t got the chance to have an ice cream because he line was too long… really long… If you like cheese and need to stock up while traveling through the Coast, be sure to put the Tillamook tour on your list!
Yummy!!! I really love cheese!!! The smoke cheese and garlic cheese are my favorite.
Something caught my attention while we were in the Visitors’s Center. The PooPooPaper. Made from cow poop. 100% recycled and odorless products. That’s cool 🙂
From the cheese factory we headed to the hotel and checked in. Though gloomy and not a beach weather, this is the view from our hotel room.
Gloomy weather didn’t stop us too. We took a drive to Cape Meares Lighthouse. It’s the shortest lighthouse I’ve ever seen.
CAPE MEARES LIGHTHOUSE. Located within Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint 10 miles west of Tillamook and US101, the lighthouse stands 217 feet above the ocean, yet its 38 feet tower is the shortest on the Oregon coast. First illuminated in 1890, it was decommissioned in 1963 when a automated light was installed on a small concrete building just east of the tower. Although it is no longer in service, the lighthouse still contains the original first-order Fresnel lens. Trails lead from the main parking lot to the lighthouse and to viewpoints overlooking offshore islets inhabited by Steller sea lions and nestling seabirds; there are also good spots for whale watching.
More information: Northwest Coast Light House