We weren’t sure what the weather would hold for us today. It rained much of last night, and was still very damp and cloudy this morning. Finally, we decided to take a drive up the coast and revisit Tillamook and the Three Capes Scenic Loop. We’ve “been there, done that” a couple of times before, but I just don’t get enough of this part of the country, so I love going again and again.
The clouds cleared away and the day got warmer, making for a very enjoyable trip. We passed through thick, green forests on the scenic loop to Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout, and Cape Meares:
The Cape Meares Lighthouse is not very tall, so it’s pretty easy to climb. It’s the steep path from the parking lot that will do you in!
Once I find a spot overlooking the ocean, it takes a lot of pleading and cajoling to get me away! I could stand in one spot for hours, just watching, listening and taking it all in. This spot is at the Cape Meares Lighthouse:
But finally, Jim convinced me he would pass out from hunger if I didn’t come along so we could get to Tillamook for some lunch! We made it to the cheese factory and went right to the cafe for lunch before taking the self-guided tour or doing any shopping.
Once we had lunch and did our cheese shopping, we decided to head back home. Once we got back, I took the dogs and went over to what I’m already considering “my” beach for a walk. I took the dogs with me, and they had a great walk with me. It’s about a mile drive to the Road’s End park, and once you get on the beach, you can walk for miles.
We walked probably half a mile or more, to this rock:
The waves were really big today, made for some great ocean watching.
When I got back home, we left the dogs to take a nap and went over to the Chinook Winds Casino to check it out. It’s just across the highway from our rv park, which might not be a great advantage – the Indians liked our money so much, they decided to keep it! Oh well, it was a fun time while it lasted. Back home again, we settled in for a quiet Friday night after a wonderful day.