Friday, May 15, 2015

The City of Cheese, Trees and the Ocean Breeze

For Mother's day weekend we decided to plan a random trip to Tillamook, Oregon. I have been dreaming about a vacation to the Oregon coast for some time now, and finally decided to just make it happen. Groupon had a deal at the Ashley Inn in Tillamook, so I found some free time in my work schedule and booked a room.

Wednesday evening, Cris was able to leave work early so we hit the road as soon as we were packed and ready to go. We drove to Pendleton, and stayed with his sweet grandma for the night. Thursday morning we got up around 6 a.m. and headed for Tillamook. I have to say that I enjoyed not being in a hurry to get to our destination. Driving was all part of the adventure, which is rare in my book. We stopped at Multnomah Falls and hiked up to the 611 foot tall water fall, took some pictures and enjoyed the beautiful view. About 30 miles out, we had to make a pit stop while driving through the windy roads of the Tillamook State Forest to wash Chloe's carseat out in the river... poor kiddo got carsick and threw up twice on the way to Pendleton, then twice on the second leg of our journey. Karson also got sick once, which left us with no more bags to catch the puke in... all I can say is that I'm thankful there was a washer and dryer at our hotel!

We were too early to check in, so we had a late lunch at Pelican Brewery. Karson and Cris played shuffleboard, and I chased Chloe around. None of us could be happier to be out of the car. After lunch we were able to check into our room, then Cris and the kids went swimming. I sat in the hot tub for a bit, then Chloe and I hung out in the sauna (we were pretty stoked about that amenity). When the kids were done swimming, Cris took us to see Cape Meares lighthouse and the Octopus tree. Both were amazing! We  swung by Oceanside Beach afterwards, then had some dinner (Main Street Pizza in Tillamook- best food we had all weekend!) and headed to bed.

Friday morning, we decided to rent a little boat and go crabbing. Karson loved it! He got to throw the buoys out and help reel them back in. He also had the job of catching the crabs that escaped and tossing them back out of the boat. Chloe and I were pretty great spectators ;-) The bay we were in had a beach where seals like to hang out, so we drove past them and watched them sunbathe and play in the water... so fun! At the end of our 2 hours, Cris threw all our pots in one last time and ended up catching 2 crabs that were big enough to keep (he pulled in tons of crabs, but they had all been too small until we pulled in our last pot)! We went back to the docks, and they cooked our crabs for us right on the spot. Cris and Karson got the honors of eating the hearts... yuck!

We headed back to the hotel for more swimming, then had dinner and went back to Oceanside Beach. Cris and Karson made a fire and we watched the most amazing sunset. The kids and I made some yummy s'mores too. Both of the kids crashed as soon as we got in the car.

Cannon Beach
The Candyman Store
Saturday morning we drove up to Cannon Beach and let the kids play in the sand and the waves. Karson loved it, even though the water was freezing! We had lunch at Mo's, then headed to Seaside to see The Candyman. The kids each got a lollipop and giant Pixie Stix. They were so excited! We walked over to the beach, then decided that there were way too many people in Seaside and headed back to explore the cheese factory. The Tillamook cheese samples were so yummy! But the ice cream line was way too long, so we skipped it thinking that we could get Tillamook ice cream anywhere in the town where it's made... but we were so wrong. Lucky for us, the kids didn't actually care what kind of ice cream they had, so they settled for what we found at the grocery store. The kids of course needed to go swimming one last time, then we had dinner and turned in for the night.
Tillamook Cheese Factory

Playground break in Pendleton
Sunday was a long day of driving. We were smarter this time and gave both of the kids Dramamine, so there was no carsickness to be had... phew! It took us a little under 10 hrs to get home (including a 1hr stop in Pendleton to see Cris's grandmas), and the kids actually handled it pretty well. We were all happy to be home and out of the car, but we sure did enjoy our vacation and can't wait to visit the coast again!

Oceanside Beach sunset

Shuffleboard at Pelican Brewery

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Waiting to go crabbing

Sweet kitties at the crabbing dock

So brave!

Seal Beach

Look at all those crabs!


Beginning of the Oceanside Beach sunset
Little swimmer :)

Just playin' in the sand