We started off this morning at 8am planning to stop for gas and head to Tillamook Oregon to visit the Tillamook cheese factory. We had no plans on where we were going to stay but where ever it is probably won’t compare to the RV park in Brookings.
The sun was shining and the waves were rolling in when we woke up. The area was so beautiful that we just wanted to stay but we also were beginning to get excited to be home and see Gizmo 🙂
We traveled up Hwy 101 on our way to Tillamook. There was a low layer of clouds that hung on the edge of the shoreline and made the views so pretty. So many lovely beaches that you could stop at and explore. Bandon was our first stop for a quick coffee and bakery treat. The salt air smelled so good and the sunshine was warm as we enjoyed our coffee at a little table outside of the shop.
Continuing on our way we saw the landscape change from rocky outcroppings to sandy dunes. There were people in dune buggies climbing over these sandy hills. That is something we are going to try someday! After a seven hour drive we pulled into the parking lot at the Tillamook cheese factory. The area seemed to not have much happening besides the factory. We had intended to find somewhere to stay in Tillamook but we decided we would go check out the factory and then head a little further north and try to find something on the ocean for the night.
The factory was neat. You just went on a self guided tour around the area. There were overlook areas that you could see the process of the cheese being wrapped and ready to be shipped. There was only one run going and the employees looked less than enthused to be there and be a spectacle to all these on looking tourists 🙂
After our brief tour we each got an ice cream treat and enjoyed it before heading back out to the RV to figure out what we were going to do next.
Scott and I looked at the map, called some RV parks that were up north in Seaside and Astoria and then decided to just head north and see what we could find. We set our GPS to Astoria so it would keep us on Hwy 101. REaching Astoria we found a Costco and got gas one last time. As we were leaving the GPS told us to turn down a certain road…Scott decided to do what it said since it said it was a business loop. We started down one road, turned up another…this was looking a bit “rural” for a business loop. I started to wonder where this thing was taking us. It said “in one-quarter mile turn right” Okay…wait, this is the city dump! It really did take us to the city dump…and it was closed and there was no through road!!! Ugh!!!! Tom Tom= Dumb Dumb!
This was ridiculous! We are 30 feet long and headed up this curvy narrow road. We drove a little further and found a little turn out that Scott maneuvered our RV into and turned us around. We were praying that no cars would come around this pretty blind corner and hit us…we don’t move quick when it comes to flipping a u-turn 🙂
God protected us and a car did come around the corner just as we straightened out and headed the opposite the way! Once back on the right road we decided that we may as well make the four and half hour drive back to Bellingham. We couldn’t find anywhere too exciting to stay and the lure of our own beds was too much 🙂
After 15 1/2 hours of driving for Scott we were finally home! We rolled into Bellingham at 11:30pm. The kids were glad to be home and were already looking forward to their reunion with Gizmo.
This trip has been such a huge blessing. We were all talking about our favorite moments in the RV and we all reminisced about various times we have had. The time and expense, the loss of work for Scott and the planning and packing is all worth it! We have created some really fun memories together, learned about history, experienced some of Gods amazing creative masterpieces and grown closer as a family. Our time with our kids seems to be going by so quickly so Scott and I feel very blessed that we have been able to have this time as a family. Thank you for reading about our trip and for covering us with prayer. We are so thankful for all our family and friends and look forward to connecting with you all over the rest of the summer.
Until we roll again 🙂