As usual, another foggy morning. But it lightened up a bit and we went for a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway 101. One of our first stops was to visit Munson Creek Falls. At only 318 feet, this is Oregon’s highest falls on the coast.
The hike to the falls was like walking through a rain forest. The trees were thick with moss, the trail was wet but not muddy. We have not been seeing much for fall colors as most of the trees so far have been evergreens. But there were a few places on the trail where some leaves had fallen to make it pretty.
During WWII, blimps patrolled out of Tillamook to guard against enemy submarines. Two hangars housed the blimps and were the largest wooden clear-span structures ever built. Only one remains, and it has been turned into an air museum filled with a collection of WWII planes.
As we shop for groceries we have noticed the Tillamook brand of dairy products in the local grocery stores. So when we saw this large facility we felt compelled to go inside. This is a big deal cheese making place. A self-guided tour showed us the story of how it all came to be and we got to watch the cheese being made and packaged. And we got free samples. They were serving their own ice cream in fresh made waffle cones too. There were hundreds of people there! It was fun.
The Cape Meares Lighthouse was another stop we made today. This is shortest lighthouse on the Oregon coast.
The view from the lighthouse was awesome.
- Gasoline: none
- Lodging: free