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Fording the River: Day Six in the Cheeses

August 12, 2011

I woke up on day six and said, “Hooray!  It’s cheese day!”  And cheese day it was, along with a big life goal day.

After some breakfast at the Holiday Inn (where our stay turned out to be free, thanks to all of Al’s travel points), we decided to check out the other “lighthouse” in the area.  This really was a lighthouse because the light is on top of an actual house. After that, we headed back to Yaquina Head to walk on the beach and see some tidal pools.  As luck would have it, we ended up going during the lowest tide they had seen in weeks and the tidal pools were in prime condition.  Sure, we were wearing awful footwear, but that didn’t stop us!  There were huge starfish, anemones, and urchins to see!While the sea creatures were so exciting, there were two things that made me incredibly happy.  First, I got to touch lava rock, one of my life goals!Second, I got to go into the Pacific Ocean!  I have a goal to go in every ocean or sea I happen to visit, so this was another life goal accomplished.Al said the water was too cold for her Hawaiian feet, but being from Maine, it was a whole lot warmer than the Atlantic in Maine.

After accomplishing a few life goals within fifteen minutes of each other, we jumped back into the car and drove to Tillamook, Oregon, home of the Tillamook Cheese Factory!  Mmm cheese…Tillamook is a very popular brand of cheese and dairy products in the Pacific Northwest, and they offer self-guided tours of their manufacturing plant.  You can see the cheese being made, read about the history of the factory and the Tillamook County dairy alliance, and eat some yummy samples of cheese, as well as order a fabulous ice cream.See?  I told you it was cheese day!  Mmmm….

From there, Al took me back to Portland to see where she will be teaching this year, we grocery shopped, and we just plain hung out.  Sometimes, a vacation calls for a little down time, don’t you think?

Miss an Exit?

I land in Seattle and we go to Port Angeles.

We see the vampires and hike in the woods.

We exit the country.

We ride in the car… a lot.

We visit the “Porthole of the Pacific.”

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