This morning we got a later start than usual. We needed to find a place to stay for the holiday week end, so I called one in Lincoln City first and made our reservations for Friday through Sunday nights. Then I tried to contact a park about halfway between Long Beach and Lincoln City where we could stay tonight and Thursday night. I kept getting a busy signal, so I finally gave up and called a different park.
Our drive down to Tillamook was uneventful except that Barb’s GPS (Jeeves, as I call him) took us a long torturous way on an extremely winding road through the Tillamook State Forest. I hereby fire Jeeves!! I would have stayed on the coastal highway.
After we had rested a little, we went to the famous Tillamook County Creamery. They are celebrating their 100th birthday this year. Barb got a sandwich and cup of soup in their café. Since I had eaten a late lunch, I just had a soda. Then I bought some cheeses and milk.
From the cheese factory we took a drive on part of the scenic Three Capes Loop. The only cape we visited was Cape Meares to see the lighthouse and the octopus tree. The lighthouse is small but very pretty.
The octopus tree is unlike any other tree I've ever seen. The forces that shaped this unique Sitka spruce have been debated for many years. It is 46 feet in circumference and 105 feet tall. It has no central trunk. Its limbs extend horizontally up to 16 feet from the base before turning upward. It is estimated to be 250-300 years old. In April 2009 it was designated an Oregon Heritage Tree.
On the trail to the lighthouse I saw an unusual tree that resembles the Octopus Tree in that it seems not to have a central trunk. Its branches turn up much sooner than those of the Octopus tree, though.
Route: US 101 S => US 26 E to Necanicum Jct. => OR 53 S to Mohler => US 101 S to Bay City
Total Miles Driven: 88
Weather Conditions: Cool and sunny
Road Conditions: Good
Gasoline Price: $3.309 at Long Beach, WA
RV Park: Tillamook Bay City RV Park, Bay City, OR www.tillamookbaycityrvpark.com
Park Conditions: Gravel roads and long pull-through sites. Plenty of space between sites. Free WiFi. Laundry. Friendly owner and manager.