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|August 2015 —Rockaway Beach, Oregon|
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Twin Rocks — Photo Gallery
I have always found that being at the beach is incredibly relaxing. Most days were spent in a combination of walking into town to get a paper, reading, getting caught up with my writing, eating, and taking afternoon naps. Naturally there is also time to play with my grandkids either in the apartment or on the beach.
Rockaway Beach is a small community that is split east/west by highway 101. There are a number of small shops and restaurants. We enjoy going to the thrift shops to see what they have that is different that what is in Portland Metro area. There are two candy/ice cream stores that serve Tillamook ice cream. The restaurants in town serve an eclectic variety of of food at modest to hight prices. There is an upscale restaurant, Pirates Cove, with fresh seafood and great views of Tillamook Bay a few miles south on the outskirts of Garibaldi.
A new bakery opened while we were there this year. Naturally we had to stop in and check it out. The blueberry cinnamon rolls were wonderful even though the owner said they were a little over done. I also bought a piece of peach and a piece of backyard blueberry cobbler. The cobblers got shared with everyone as a late night treat after the grandchildren were in bed.
Steam Engine Number 2 — Photo Gallery
Most of the times we have been at the beach in the summer there has been a north wind that keeps the temperatures in the 70 degree range. This year was no exception. Some years the north wind blows hard but this year it was moderate and great for kite flying.
Ten Foot Delta — Photo Gallery
Hanger B — Photo Gallery
On the way back from the museum we stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory to watch the cheese making process, have lunch and of course ice cream. As usual on a summer day the place was crowded with people. The boys like seeing how cheese is made and of course the food and ice cream. The thing I like about the place is the number of ice cream favors that are available at the factory. Most stores in only carry a limited number of favors. At the factory you can try them all.
Another day we drove north to Hug Point State Recreation Area. After a picnic on the beach Heather, Ann and the boys went exploring while I took a nap. I love sleeping at the beach with the ocean's roar in the background. Hug Point is a day use area with lots of space and several miles of walkable coastline. You can explore several coves, tide pools and rock formation. One of the attractions is a small cave that is no more than a split in the rocks that the boys like to play in. The area got its name when the beach was used as the public highway before the coast highway was built. The name Hug Point came about because travelers had to "hug" the rocks to get around the point so they would not get wet.
Till next time.
282 feet below sea level
Summer Lake Hot Springs