Tuesday, July 31, 2012
One of the things we were told to watch for was "The Stack", a huge smokestack that dates from 1926. Once, this stack was attached to a very large lumber mill which filed during the Great Drepression. The buildings eventually were torn down, but the Stack remains as a reminder.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Located a bit south of Tillamook is the Cape Meares area which sits on the entrance to Tillamook Bay. This beautiful drive starts on the bay where we saw a number of old pilings and wondered what might have been there in years past.
Right next to the old pilings picture site, we saw this interesting sign at the former site of Bay Ocean Park, even though we could see no sign of any structure. Bay Ocean Park was a new seaside development started in 1907. A few years later, many lots had been sold, houses built and a thriving summer destination existed.
Here is an old picture of part of Bay Ocean Park; there was also a large motel and dance hall. Unfortunately, the ground was not stable and by the 1940's most of the structures had fallen into the sea. Today, there is no sign of the town.
We especially liked the archways that the sea has carved into the rocks over time. This ridge of large rock formations extend perhaps a mile out from the coast.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
We learned that Tillamook Creamery had celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2009 and were interested to see what the tour might offer.
The VW bus differs dramatically with the early modes of cheese delivery -- such as the Morning Star, Tillamook's own sailing vessel that delivered cheese on the Oregon coast. This made quite a bit of sense, since roads literally did not exist in the area at that time.
The making of cheese starts here as the milk is transformed into cheese curds, which are the raw materials of cheese making. The cheese is then aged and developed into the many different varieties that Tillamook offers.
This is the final stage where the cheese is packaged and readied for its trip to the grocery store. You can see the final packages on the conveyor systems to the left of the picture.
At the conclusion of our tour, we came to the best part of the visit -- samples! Tillamook offers all kinds of cheese samples and we enjoyed trying all the different cheeses -- although, that meant that we then wanted to buy several of the cheeses as well! This is a fun and informative tour which we enjoyed.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Tillamook, OR is home to the Tillamook Air Museum and housed in the WWII Tillamook Blimp Hanger. This picture of the hanger is from about 1 mile away and it is huge even from this distance. This building originally housed large blimps for the US Navy that were used to patrol for submarines off the Oregon coast in WWII.
This picture shows how the blimps were stored during the war - Rick learned that these K class blimps were about 250' long each and these 8 blimps could easily fit into the hanger with room to spare.
Friday, July 27, 2012
A couple of chocolate covered almonds, macadamia nuts, and chocolate turtles we selected and made the trip back to the coach -- at least most of them did. Looks like one of the macadamia nut chocolates didn't quite make it all the way back -- and was it ever good!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Just a few miles north of Newport is the harbor of Depoe Bay, which is known as the smallest harbor in the world. We are not sure if this is actually true, but the 6 acre harbor is pretty small and one of the most interesting harbors we have seen.
The harbor was always small, but used to be pretty shallow, causing boat owners significant challenges in getting the boats through to the ocean.
As a result, the entire harbor was drained in 1950 and dredged to allow operation at any tide level. This must have been quite an operation, but was certainly worthwhile.
Next, the boat slips under the bridge and into the small harbor. Now, the water is calm and life is easy! Again, notice how narrow this channel is.
Depoe Bay is a great place to visit and fun to watch the boats and wildlife in the area.