First we did some reading.
" Declared a County Heritage Area by the Tillamook County Commissioners in 2010, Kilchis Point is an important prehistoric and historic site. Kilchis Point is the site of one of the largest Native American village sites on the Northern Oregon Coast. Tillamook County’s first pioneer settler, Joe Champion arrived at Kilchis Point in 1851 and lived in a Spruce stump next to the Native American village while he built a cabin. The Morning Star of Tillamook, was built at Kilchis Point making it the first ship built in Tillamook County and the first ship registered in the Oregon Territory. Kilchis Point was also the site of Tillamook County’s first post office and the headquarters of the Whitney Lumber Company."
Wildlife sighting - the dreaded Pacific Northwest Rain Forest Banana slug!
The trail meanders through native vegetation, with interpretive trail markers along the way.
Ah. Wild red huckleberries. Irene wanted to know if they were good to eat. "Try one", I answered.
She did try them, and declared them delicious. From then on she was on the lookout for more.
I'm not sure what this creature was on the look out for, but I do know the the trip to the dollar store somewhere provided a lot of entertainment for three kids.
Old rustic benches indicate a trail long in use.
We have reached the bay.
There is a very cool gazebo at the end of the trail.
The tide was out, the bay was empty, and we ventured out into the estuary of the Kilchis River and several creeks.
We found the footprint of pilings for something that was once here - the dock, the mill, the boat yard?
We do know that the Morning Star was built here, and began carrying milk from dairies and other products to distant markets and brought back needed supplies. This replica of the ship sits now at the Tillamook Cheese FactoryWe did indeed go to the Cheese Factory and had ice cream for lunch! I was too busy eating to take photos.
In the evening, the calm weather made it easy for us to decide that we should have a beach fire.
Precious cousin time. Although I suspect Allie was on her phone.
Another day done.