Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oregon Coast

My mother and nephew flew in to Portland on Sunday evening.  She was ready to escape the 90 degree weather in South Carolina, and my nephew was looking for an adventure outside of Cincinnati.  Rainy weather greeted them upon arrival.  Welcome to Portland!  After a good nights sleep, we headed for the Oregon Coast.

First to Cannon Beach for a picnic lunch at Ecola State Park where we walked around and took in the beautiful rocks and ocean.  The clouds blew through, and sunny skies quickly emerged.

Next, we moved on to Haystack Rock, the most photographed rock in the world.  Maybe I am making that up or I heard it from someone.  It is the third highest sea stack in the world, measuring 235 feet high.

From there, we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for a tour, free samples of cheese, and a scoop of ice cream.  Wish my brother, Ted, could have been with us, since he loves cheese and always shares yummy cheese with us when we visit.

After a bit of a drive, we arrived to Newport and the little cottage I rented for two nights.  It sits high up on a ridge facing the ocean.  Gorgeous views!  We also HAD to eat clam chowder at Mo's!

View from our window
We toured the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, explored the amazing tidepools and had a lovely picnic lunch.

Chowder and Homemade Bread

In the afternoon, we all took turns flying our two new stunt kites on the beach.  Even Mother with her torn rotater cuff took a turn with Emil's assistance.  We played Mexican Train Dominoes late into the night.

After the nice days on the Coast, I hope coming to Redmond won't be a letdown!  We did stop for a quick lunch in Albany at First Burger.  Ordered deep fried dill pickles....

Wish Josh and Spencer were with me to try these out!
Now, it's time to explore Redmond, Bend, Sisters, and Sunriver!  Hope the weather cooperates, as they are calling for snow in Bend tonight.  Welcome to Central Oregon!

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