Oregon Coast by 5th Wheel travel blog

Puffin at Cannon Beach Campground


Rock at Silver Point

Panorama from a viewpoint

Lilies at Manzanita

Flowers at Manzanita

Manzanita Beach

Lunch time View

Gulls at Lnch time

Gone for a swim

Tillamook Bay

We rose late and had breakfast and prepared a picnic then left to travel south. It was a sunny day and the mist was well off shore unlike yesterday when it was right at the beach.

We drove to several viewpoints and watched the waves and admired the views which are quite spectacular with long sandy beaches and huge rocks protruding from both sand and sea.

We continued to Manzanita, a small town along the coast. We parked and walked down the main street to the beach. When we returned to the truck we drove down to the beach and along the shoreline. We stopped and ate our picnic lunch while enjoying the view and watching people and dogs coming along the beach.

We returned to the highway and continued south to Tillamook, a larger town where we had spent some time 30 years ago. We ate our first Dairy Queen Blizzard here and we resolved to relive the experience. As we drove south, nothing seemed familiar and no sign of a Dairy Queen. We drove through the town and did see one of the large wooden hangers built to house blimps during World War II. When we were here before they were being used to test what we now call drones. Now the remaining one is an air museum. What we were really looking for was the KOA we had stayed at in 1985. We reached a rest are beyond where we thought eh campground should be and decided either we had missed it or it was no longer there.

We turned and drove back towards the town, but still no sign of the campground. We drove through the town on a different road - they now have a one way street system - but still no sign of a Dairy Queen. Christine had seen one at Garibaldi, a nearby town, so we resolved to stop there as a substitute. We found it and enjoyed them, though they do not have the Smartie ones we had enjoyed back then. I had to make do with M&Ms and Christine could not get the Skor one she has now adopted as her favourite. She chose a Heath Bar. While there, using the complimentary WiFi we determined that Tillamook no longer had either a KOA or a Dairy Queen. So much for the walk down memory lane!

We drove back to the campground in Cannon Beach and Christine prepared dinner while I got propane and milk. We enjoyed a late dinner (with no additional dessert) then settled in to catch up with emails and watch some television.

Tomorrow we plan to look more closely at the beach and rock formations from sea level.

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