Well folks, the weather hasn't changed much since we reported the first windy/rainy day. With temperatures dropping a little every day snow finally landed - not just in the higher elevations...it snowed as low as 500 feet above sea level.
On Valentine's Day we were assigned to the lighthouse. Gusting winds made visitors think twice about getting out of the car so we had no sweethearts visit to make proposals and just 25 visitors in four hours. Same scenario on the 15th.
One of our goals when we took this work-camping opportunity was to enjoy watching the storms. There is definitely a beauty to the intense weather. We chose to drive up to Tillamook despite the inclimate weather on our first of two-days off.
Our first stop was at Depoe Bay to watch "Spouting Horns" shooting water high into the air right next to the road. North of Lincoln City we turned west onto the "Three Capes Scenic Route" that takes you along the coastline through Pacific City, Sand Lake and Kiwanda. It was a very scenic drive...even with snowy, wet roads.
As soon as we got to Tillamook we toured the cheese factory. It's self-guided so you can spend as much time as you like to take in all that's happening below the viewing floor. (Too bad Jerome Cheese doesn't have a visitor area). They offer samples of all varieties of cheese, a store with all the cheese, ice cream and other milk products they produce and then of course there's the gift shop.
After the cheese factory we went to find the Air Museum in honor of Mr. Eric Steigers, who has driven by it twice without having the time to stop and tour. We had been told that it was on the south end of town so we figured we'd head that way and see if we could find it without any official directions. AAaaa...no problem with that....the letters on the huge quansit shaped building can be seen from a couple miles away. The building is not heated and the collossel 120 ft high doors were open. There were a lot of air-craft on exhibit. All items on display are suppose to be operational. The building is 1072 feet long, 192 feet high and 296 feet wide. There were originally two hangars, but one was destroyed by fire in 1992. They were built by the U S Navy in 1942/1943 to house the blimps used for anti-submarine coast patrol and convoy escort during WWII. Each hangar housed nine air-ships. Interesting history.