Monday, April 5, 2010

Prettiest lookout ever, Cannon Beach, and Rheinlanders

Having heard good stuff about Cannon Beach, we continued north to make that our final stop. However, we were blown away by this incredible lookout we saw on our way. It had the perfect view. All of these shots were taken from this same lookout. You could see endless turquoise ocean, beautiful cliffs, a pretty lake, a town, a beach, hills, rocks, etc.... I can't imagine what else I would desire from a viewpoint. It really was magnificent.

Next we went on to Cannon Beach, but it was actually a bit difficult to find a lookout. Eventually we decided to go into the state park, and there we found another stunning vista. This is the grass area of the park

And here's the beautiful view of Cannon beach.

This picture would make a beautiful screen saver, especially if you could make the waves move. We were just mesmerized by it all.

You could see this lighthouse in the distance.

And these rock formations.

This is what it looked like on the other side of the lighthouse.

And we had to take more pictures of the beautiful beach as we walked back.

There was even a little waterfall on the beach

And to our delight when we got back to the grass area, there were some wild deer grazing near our parking lot. I was surprised that they didn't get spooked by all the people taking pictures.

That evening we went back into Portland and saw this gorgeous mountain peak overlook.

And we finished up our trip with a fabulous fondue dinner at Rheinlanders. Happy fabulous four years Oscar! Each year just gets better and better.

Tillamook, Oregon Coast, and Rockaway Beach

We stayed in Portland with Charlie and Julie Hansen, good friends of my parents that they knew from our years in Napa, CA. We woke up early the next morning and took off for Tillamook cheese factory. We nearly ran out of gas! We had a decent drive from where we were, our low gas light flashed, and the only gas station on that road didn't exist in spite of our GPS's instructions. We were so releived when we finally saw a gas station. Luckily we did make it to Tillamook safe and sound. Here we are posing as the cow and the farmer.

Here I am in front of the main area where they cut and package the cheese.

These are the big vats of milk they use to make ice cream.

And here's Oscar in front of the Tillamook boat.

This is merely the beginning of the gorgeous sites we had no idea were in store for us. After the gorgeous Washington coast, I didn't think there could be anything nearly as beautiful in Oregon. But I was dead wrong. The Oregon coast was even more beautiful! The turquoise waters of the ocean on that sunshiny day contrasted with the beauty of the rocks and hills absolutely left me speechless.

Here we are on Rockaway Beach.

Don't you love the oh-so-creative name of this restaurant?

We stopped at a state park that also had some incredible views.

You could see the pretty hills.

The pretty lake.

And the endless ocean.