Tuesday, September 15, 2015

2015 Western Trip – Day 42 – A Trip To The Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is considered by many to be the prettiest in the nation (especially to those who live here), so no trip to this area would be complete without a visit and in keeping with our plan to avoid the upcoming holiday weekend crowds, we went on Thursday.  After doing research from home and talking with locals after arriving, it was clear that Cannon Beach and Seaside were the places to go.

Like most of the west coast, Oregon has the Cascade Mountains then a valley area then the coastal mountains before getting to the Pacific.  The drive through the coastal mountains was very pretty and obviously a source of a lot of the timber we use.

Our first stop was Seaside which actually had more of a town area than most of the coastal towns we visited.  It has a nice promenade next to the beach and a statute marking the end of the Lewis & Clark Trail.

From there we headed down to Cannon Beach and took shots of the famous Haystack Rock and the beach and others the other direction.

We opted for lunch at the Lazy Susan Café which had good ratings from Trip Adviser.  Pat & I had omelets which were good but I thought Bev’s broiled shrimp open faced sandwich was delicious.

From there we drove down to the coast for a visit to the very famous (out this way) Tillamook Cheese factory to purchase some cheese and a delicious ice cream cone.

As it turns out, Tillamook Cheese is really an outlet for the milk from a co-op of dairy farmers who own the cheese plant.  The dairies are located in Tillamook County which has a lot of fine land between the coast and the hills for raising cows.

We ended up making the loop that blogger buddy Cathy (Wives With Knives) said she enjoys making – McMinnville north on OR-47 to west on US-26 to the coast.  Then US-101 along the coast down to Tillamook and OR-6 back to south on OR-47.  The total trip was about eight hours and I really enjoyed the day.

Trivia:  This is obviously a big time agricultural area and we saw many different crops growing, but we kept seeing these fields of what looked like dead clumps of grass but had no idea what they were.

Turns out they were dormant cool season grass plants and this area grows the vast majority of the seeds for them in the USA.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. What a fun day exploring.Part of the area we had hoped to explore this fall, guess it will have to be another time.
    Thanks for taking us along.

  2. I wonder how it felt for Lewis and Clarke to finally come to the end of the line. I can only imagine...The Lazy Susan looked like a great choice, especially Bev's shrimp sandwich. It must be cool there. It is here too, but only in the mornings and evenings.

  3. Yay! I am so glad you made it to the coast! Cannon Beach is our favorite place to go - we are camping there this weekend. We have never tried The Lazy Susan, I'll give it a try this weekend. No trip to the Oregon Coast is complete without stopping at the Tillamook Cheese factory.

    I hope you are enjoying the Sisters area.

  4. Larry, The Oregon Coast is in our top 10 places in the USA that we've visited. Seaside has apparently grown quite a bit since we last visited that town. Thanks for the tip on the Lazy Susan Restaurant. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. I keep hearing how beautiful this area is. I guess hubby and I need to make it a priority.
    Ingrid@ LiveLaughRV.net


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