Our kids were about two and four when we first started going. There were a few years when Tom and I went by ourselves as empty nesters, and we do go on our own during the fall and spring for a few days, but it is more fun again now that we have grandchildren to go with.
We travel down I-5 to Longview, where we cross the Columbia River from Washington into Oregon.
There was a log truck on the bridge, of course.
Longview is a major port for shipping logs and lumber overseas.
Then we follow the river west to Astoria, where the Columbia meets the Pacific Ocean.Then we go south down the Coast Highway 101 until we finally reach our destination!
Jill and the kids had arrived the day before. It was late afternoon when we arrived, bringing the fixings for dinner with us. After dinner we all went for a walk on the beach road.
It was cloudy but very calm, as you can see from the glass like finish on the lake along the highway.
We checked out the new attraction, the Pronto Pup diner. We would have to come back when it was open.
We spent the rest of the evening watching the Olympics and eating Tillamook ice cream.
The next morning we were disappointed to find the Garibaldi bakery was not open, so we ended up at the Starbucks in the Fred Meyer store in Tillamook, where we then spent much of the rest of the morning marathon shopping for food for the next few days, and even some school clothes for Irene.
The sun was having a hard time burning off the fog, so it was cloudy when we finally got out onto the beach to walk and read and play.
This house sits just in front of our cabin and a bit south. It was built about five years ago, but should never have been permitted. See those upright logs? They are what is left of the bulkhead the city built about 15 years ago. In the last five years the beach erosion here has been severe. The owner of the house, which is a vacation rental, wants to put in rock rip rap, but he cannot get permission from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, which has supervision of the public coastal beaches. We don't know if the house is doomed. And you can see why we were forced to put our cabin on stilts.
Hamburgers and grilled corn on the cob were on the dinner menu.
The sky finally cleared just at sunset.
More adventures tomorrow!