In the morning, we took a pretty drive to the Oregon Coast.
We stopped at the Tillamook Cheese factory in order to complete our coast to coast cheese tours.
We've been to the Cabot factory in Vermont--now we would put Tillamook to the test. I have to give my vote to Cabot for their 24mth aged cheddar and samples. However, Tillamook had ice cream, but since it was 9 AM, ice cream wasn't sounding good and didn't persuade my vote.
The workers were awfully friendly. What a good way to keep your workers on task by letting people watch them do their job. With them always being watched, their performance was stellar. Maybe I could rig something up like this on my kids--maybe that will help their job performance.
Our kids being their Harris selves.
Close by the octopus tree and a light house.
On down the windy (or windy, what ever you choose) coast, stopping whenever.
Our nights stay would land us in Yachats. Debbi from my neighborhood has a family house in Yahats where she was staying. It just so happened to be her mothers birthday and Micah's Birthday. She made a delicious cake and toured us around the area.
We stayed at the Ambrosia Inn Bed and Breakfast
Mary, the inn owner, surprised Micah with a special birthday surprise the next morning.
Very thoughtful. You could tell Mary remembers the little things in life. What a great reminder.
Oh and Gretchen caught a newt! A highlight of the morning.
On down the coast we traveled--kids wanted to play at the beach desperately and they didn't care how cold it was. Mat and I stayed in the car and only took pictures of their mermaid tails when we had to.
Boring Light house tours. They were well under the spell of this 50 yr old controlling lady already judging them to mess up the new restoration. Already stereotyped to destroy. They proved her wrong--which I'm grateful.
After we grabbed some ice cream in Florence, you'll never guess who we ran into....
The one and only Debbi from the night before
Next stop, Oakland to see the Brooksbys and Bend to see the Weeds.