Friday, September 25, 2009

The Three Cape Loop

Last night while

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sitting around the fire and chatting with Rod and Deb, we made a plan for today.  So, after a good night’s sleep in a really dark park, we were up this morning, had a walk around the park, gathered drinks and snacks and headed out…

Our adventure today started at

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the Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream Factory.  We took the self guided tour and saw

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45 pound blocks of cheese being

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cut and wrapped into smaller blocks.  While most of these are going to the grocery stores, some of them

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found their way to the factory gift store.  Mark had a hard time deciding just which ones he wanted.  I think he tried to buy one of each.

After making our purchases, we decided to have lunch…where else but the

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cafe at Tillamook.  And the choice was none other than

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grilled cheese on sourdough and clam chowder.  Then, we treated ourselves to a visit in

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the ice cream department.  And, if you thought the cheese decision was hard, you should have seen us

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finally narrowed his choice to three flavors!

Okay, it is time to get out of this place before we have to have

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fudge too.

Finally, we are off to drive the Three Cape Loop which started at

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Cape Meares.  There were cliffs and a

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lighthouse, and

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an Octopus Tree that is 250 – 300 years old and measures 46 feet in circumference.

Moving South down 101, the next stop was Cape Lookout.  We watched

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a park with lots of sand dunes.  There

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this young man was having a great time.  Well, we can’t stay here and watch him any longer because we still have one stop on the loop.  And, that is at

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So, it was back to 101…this time headed North back to the campground, but not before watching

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the sun go down on another great adventure.


  1. Wow, nice day.. I want to do this trip, maybe next year. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

  2. I have a story about those dunes. A few years ago we had reservations at Cape Lookout--The night before we were to arrive the tide came in and wiped out half the campground...the dunes were bult to keep the ocean out of the campground. I love thetrip you did. Theres another cheese factory right behind Tillamook called Blue Heron. Don't forget to visit Pelican Pub and Brewery in Pacific City. Wish I was there!!!

  3. I'm so glad you're getting to see these beautiful places! Keep enjoying, and we'll see you soon!

    Many Hugs!

  4. Thanks for taking us with you. Great photos and sounds like fun. Cheese is my downfall, I love it!