|We've had less rain this year, but there's still plenty of green to enjoy.|
|Ditch the shoes and hit the water!|
|Pelicans at Nehalem Estuary|
|The lighthouse is still closed, but the parking lot is full.|
|At the Whiskey Creek Hatchery|
|Tradition is a final stop at Cape Kiwanda,|
|with a stop for lunch. I never noticed the similarity between their sign and the cheese factory until this trip!|
We often drive through state campgrounds to check out the sites for future visits. At Cape Lookout SP I spy a familiar rig! It's Watson's Wander. I make a quick stop to say hi to Amanda and suggest we try to get together while we're both in the same area. She and Tim have been ahead of us along the coast, and I was sure we wouldn't catch up with them. So this is a fun surprise! Amanda reaches out a few days later and we meet up at Buttercup Creamery.
|Did manage a shot of Buttercup's unique flavors - you can never go wrong with Burnt Chocolate and Honey Lemon!|
We round out our two weeks with a couple back country drives through forest and along creeks and rivers. The Tillamook Forest Center remains closed due to COVID, but plans to open in the near future. It's a must-do when in the area.
|Where the Salmon River meets the Pacific.|
|Fields of pink grass.|
|The first Foxglove we've seen this year.|
|This very steep boat launch on the Trask River has been upgraded since our last visit, but I still can't imagine launching anything but a lightweight kayak. Deep gouges in the wood indicate something heavier has at least made it up here once.|
|Getting the boat back out of the water?|
|Water rushes behind the trees,|
|and slows through peaceful pools.|
|Even after he moves off the fish, the gull comes after him.|
There are not a lot of decent eateries in Tillamook or Garibaldi so we're excited to find a new restaurant by the RV park. Garibaldi Portside Bistro is a comfortable place with a full bar, lovely dining room, and outdoor seating. Our service is great - we go three times :-), and the food is excellent.
|Fresh and tasty salads!|
|Making their "point" in the best way :-)))|
Hard to believe we're already moving on after looking forward to this stop for months (and month, and months), but we have more wonderful new and familiar places to enjoy down the road.