Today we got off to a very late start but it ended very well. First, we planned our trip from now until the Labor Day week end and made our reservations. Then, we paid for one more night at Bay City.
We went to Tillamook Cheese for soup and sandwiches and on to the Franz Bakery for Barb to get some sourdough bread.
Our first sightseeing trip of the day was to Munson Creek Falls, which is in a little state park. The quarter-mile trail to the falls was easy. We were disappointed in the falls, though. They weren't flowing very much.
On the way home we decided to check out the Tillamook Air Museum but it was already closed. Next to the museum is the Tillamook Air Tours office. I decided on the spur of the moment to take one of their tours and am so glad I did. The flight was on "Kermit", a 1942 World War II "Gull Wing" Stinson Reliant. It has a 42-inch wing span. Its motto is "Vivides faciles esse non est."
Noreen Bowdon is the owner and is learning to fly. Her sister, Tanis Hammonds, was visiting her today. The two of them took the 30-minute tour with me. It was piloted by Noreen's flight instructor, Glen. He offered to let me take the controls, which I did for a very short time. However, I was more interested in getting some good photographs. We flew over Cape Meares and had wonderful views of the lighthouse and the Three Arch Rocks Wildlife Refuge, as well as the towns and villages along the coast.
After the flight Barb and I visited with Noreen and Tanis for quite a long while and had a wonderful time. Tanis owns and drives a custom-made race car. Both women were very interesting.
By the time we got back home, it was sundown.