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Old 07-24-2012, 01:18 PM   #43
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That s'more looks great. I love the Oregon coast.
My father grew up at the Umpqua lighhouse. My grandfather was the keeper there.
I was born and lived the first 50 years of my life in the Seattle area. I graduated from Highline High School and University of Washington. Both of my kids graduated from Enumclaw High and the U of W. When I win powerball in the next week or two, I'll buy a place on Lake Washington.

When you head north, I strongly recommend a few days at FT Stevens State Park. Very nice campsites and great bike trails. It also has old coast artillery emplacements from WWII. My kids always liked to explore those. In 1942, Ft Stevens was attacked by a Japanese submarine.

Bombardment of Fort Stevens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not far away is a replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark spent the winter.

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Sun was out today, but it was really windy so it was cold. Spent some time at the beach, hit my knee hard on the sand while skim boarding. time for some Tylenol.

This afternoon we went down and toured the Tillamook cheese factory. got some Blackberry ice cream. But it's cheaper to buy in my small town grocery store than it was from them. Also got some cheese. and other stuff.

Then we went down the road to the French Cheese factory. They have a petting zoo and more fun stuff. Also have some really good brie cheese. I like the stronger cheeses than the american stuff.
This place is called the BLUE Heron. About 1/2 mile south of the Tillamook place. A must stop if your in the area.

Plus they have the best blue cheese dressing I have ever had

Got some yummy stuff and gifts from both places.

Time for dinner and a camp fire.
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That s'more looks great. I love the Oregon coast.
My father grew up at the Umpqua lighhouse. My grandfather was the keeper there.
I was born and lived the first 50 years of my life in the Seattle area. I graduated from Highline High School and University of Washington. Both of my kids graduated from Enumclaw High and the U of W. When I win powerball in the next week or two, I'll buy a place on Lake Washington.

When you head north, I strongly recommend a few days at FT Stevens State Park. Very nice campsites and great bike trails. It also has old coast artillery emplacements from WWII. My kids always liked to explore those. In 1942, Ft Stevens was attacked by a Japanese submarine.

Bombardment of Fort Stevens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Not far away is a replica of the fort where Lewis and Clark spent the winter.

Keep enjoying your trip.

Ken
We don't have a ton of time there this trip but will keep this in mind for next year as we want to take the kids up and around 101 in Washington next summer.
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So it's a windy evening but very nice on the beach. Here is also a picture of the sea dragon we made and the two holes it surrounds are connected by a tunnel. Digging is always fun
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Just looking at that mega Smore and I put two pounds on.

Glad you are having fun. It is supposed to warm up quite a bit over the next couple of days. With the breeze off the water it does get darned cool at times. Its still fun on the beach though.
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Well, the wind was gone today and the sun came out. We were on the beach from 10am till 4:30 pm. Had a blast.

We are going to head out early tomorrow and head for Westport Washington. Take 101 up the coast and hit some rocky beaches for the kids to see some tidal pools on the way there.

hope to hit the Aquarium in seaside, and check out some other places to camp on the way up.

We will be saying with Both Michelle's folks and mine till Sunday when she flies back to Colorado. Then I have to figure out what I'm going to do. Stay a little while, then head back to Colorado, or maybe to Yellowstone, I don't know yet. I don't have to be home for a couple of weeks. Just depends if the kids are driving me crazy or not
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Then I have to figure out what I'm going to do. Stay a little while, then head back to Colorado, or maybe to Yellowstone, I don't know yet. I don't have to be home for a couple of weeks. Just depends if the kids are driving me crazy or not
Gee - what a tough decision you have to make

Thanks for posting the great trip pics - those of us stuck working appreciate you taking the time to do this.
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If it was me, I'd vote for a stay at Yellowstone (just my 2 cents worth).
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Hey Scott we are thinking of heading to Yellowstone over labor day now.

Got to my folks Thursday night, tonight we are at Michelle's moms till thursday in Newcastle wa. Then we are heading to my folks property in eatonville wa for a family camp out. Will take the kids up mt Rainer and head back to Colorado Sunday. Still not sure of the route home yet. Michelle flies back Sunday night, and the kids and I will visit friends during the week.
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Gee - what a tough decision you have to make

Thanks for posting the great trip pics - those of us stuck working appreciate you taking the time to do this.
Hey no problem. I figure someone has to do it and it might as well be ME
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Hey Scott we are thinking of heading to Yellowstone over labor day now.
We really want to take our AS to Yellowstone NP. I was there in March of 1993 during a winter ski trip to Grand Targee and Jackson Hole. About 10 of us took a day off from skiing and took snowmobiles from the west entrance up to Old Faithful the day following a three day blizzard. Nothing but blue skies and no wind, it was magical! The last time Becky was there was ~1986 with her son Josh. They took about a week driving from Los Angeles and camped along the way at various National Parks. When they arrived the park was on fire. There first stop in the park was also at Old Faithful. When they got there, they could hear Old Faithful, but couldn't see thru the smoke. The smoke was so thick they turned around and headed back West the same day. They didn't get out of the smoke until they hit Bend Oregon! Her trip to Yellowstone wasn't quite as magical as mine. Hopefully we can do the trio sometime in the next year or so. Until then we will travel there vicariously thru the post here on the forum.

Sounds like you and your family are having at great trip and we wish you safe travels along the way.
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Jason, better check for where you can reserve at Yellowstone. I suspect anything in the park is taken and you'll have to look at W. Yellowstone or somewhere.

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Jason, better check for where you can reserve at Yellowstone. I suspect anything in the park is taken and you'll have to look at W. Yellowstone or somewhere.

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yep, on that today. I don't like to stay in Yellowstone. There RV site is a parking lot. It sucks We will either stay in west yellowstone or south of yellowstone.
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