Tillamook Forest Center
Rain rain go away! Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. I guess the rain is what keeps this region so pretty and green. And apparently all the fresh green grass is great for the dairy cows and their milk-making. From the little town of Tillamook, we drove about 30 miles up into the mountainsd (in the rain) to visit the Tillamook Forest Center. This free musuem had a bunch of new hands-on exhibits that taught about the forestry and fire history of this area. I just happy be out of the rain! This would be a great little spot for a picnic on a sunny day. Be sure to climb up the 40' fire look out tower!
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Brrr...windy and cold and rainy! I wish I could say we were lured in by the scent of waffle cones baking, but in reality, a gust of wind blew us through the Tillamook Cheese Factory doors. Once inside we followed the self-guided tour and learned all about how Tillamook came to be. Upstairs windows allowed us to spy down on the workers below. We visited during the weekend so it was quieter than during there work week but there were a couple guys packing big logs of cheese for aging - so that was cool. ;)
Regardless of the day, they have a number of cheese samples out for tasting. Mmmm... the kids liked the squeeky curds seen closest to the camera.
Tillamook offers a number of dairy products. Matt has discovered that he really likes their blueberry Greek yogurt -super thick and not so sweet as some of the other brands. I personally like the lumberjack on the cheese stick bags.
Emmett runs to any penny flattening machine where ever we go, "Penny Crusher!!!"
Be sure to save room for a giant scoop of ice cream! Workers are constantly baking up waffle cones so as soon as you walk through the front doors, the fresh cone scent will have you thinking about ice cream, ice cream, ice cream... during the tour. Don't worry, you can score a waffle cone filled with one of their 29 flavors for about $3.00 - deal!
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!