On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

Tillamook State Forest

North view from the campground

South view from the campground


Blocks of cheese

Time to move over to the coast! After we got through Portland we were in wheat country again. Huge farms - some of which were established in 1860. We saw a few vineyards - not many - but - there were lots of farm stands selling blueberries and cherries. All of a sudden there were marshlands along side the road. Then, for miles before we hit town, we drove through the Tillamook State Forest. Lovely little streams and rivers and those gorgeous - straight as arrows - fir trees. It was unbelievable how our scenery changed in the two hour time span it took us to get here - from city to farms to vineyards to marshes through forest and finally water!

After connecting up it was still plenty early so we went to the Tillamook Cheese Company. They have a self guided tour and of course samples of their cheeses ( which we already knew were very good). The place was crawling with people. They get over a million visitors a year and I think half of them were here today. We never did get to see the short movie about the company and forget about buying anything. The lines where worse than at Costco!

Down the road is another cheese company called Blue Heron. All they make is brie but they carry almost every other kind of cheese you could want. There is no tour - just tastings of the four kinds of brie that they make. Lovely shop with a cafe and cheese, jellies, teas and other cute gift items for sale. Busy but not as chaotic as Tillamook.

We are spending three nights in this county campground on a jetty. The foghorn goes all the time. It is at least 25 degrees cooler here. We arrived in shorts and quickly changed to jeans and a jacket. Lots of kids in the park which meant lots of marshmallow roasting tonight - great night for a campfire!

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