Oregon Coast Highway, Tillamook, Crescent Beach, Arcadia Beach

Church Trip 2018

Day 7

If I were to have a superpower, I think it would be finding cheese stores and bakeries (or donuts shops) in strange places. Today I managed to put my powers to good use as we headed a couple hours drive east to explore the northern part of Oregon’s coast.

But first, let’s talk about breakfast.

Pine State Biscuits

We headed to a place on the northern side of the city called Pine State Biscuits. Three guys from NC who moved to Portland were homesick for biscuits, so they decided to start a food truck at the farmers’ market that eventually evolved into three restaurants.

Once again, we had a case of eyes-bigger-than-stomach at breakfast (seems to be a trend, but hey, who doesn’t adore breakfast food?). We can also plead ignorance, because to be fair, we didn’t realize everything on the menu was double the size one would expect.

I got a biscuit with sausage gravy; Dad got the “Reggie Deluxe”, a biscuit sandwich with chicken, bacon, sausage gravy, cheese, and an egg; and Mom got a biscuit with honey and apple butter, an egg, and sausage.

We also got an order of hash browns and a homemade apple-cinnamon pop tart to split. Everything was excellent, but we didn’t even come close to finishing it all, although I would have liked to.

Tillamook Creamery

After breakfast, we sluggishly dragged ourselves back to the car and drove west of Portland through Tillamook State Forest towards the coast. We stopped at Tillamook County Creamery to tour the facility and, of course, sample some products. They had a very interesting exhibit talking about the entire dairy process, and I learned a lot.
Tillamook County Creamery

We sampled some cheese, and decided to get some small ice creams and postpone lunch for a while. I wish I could have brought several pounds of cheese back with me. Mom got Oregon dark cherry and Oregon strawberry ice cream; Dad got Tillamook mudslide (lots of chocolate stuff) and caramel buttered pecan; I got Tillamook mudslide and sea salt honeycomb toffee. This was THE BEST ice cream I’ve ever had. By a long shot. We weren’t even hungry from that gigantic breakfast, but I didn’t even care.

Tillamook County Creamery

Lighthouse

We attempted to drive to a nearby lighthouse, but the road was closed.

Manhattan Beach State Park

Disappointed from our failed lighthouse excursion, we decided to head to another nearby location, Manhattan Beach State Park. It was relatively flat and uneventful, but still beautiful, and we walked down to the ocean for a while.

Next, we stopped at several overlooks along the Oregon Coast Highway, pausing to take some pictures and enjoy the scenery.

Neah-kah-nie Viewpoint

The next section of the highway was the most beautiful yet. The road ascends in to the mountains, and winds around a head (peninsula), with many scenic overlooks. One could see the coast from above, as well as the ocean crashing into the rocks beneath towering cliffs.

Cannon Beach

We rolled into Cannon Beach, the home of famous landmark Haystack Rock. It was quite a long walk to get to the beach, so I ran down and snapped a couple quick pictures, and then we moved on.

Ecola State Park

After descending to Cannon Beach, we reascended to Ecola State Park, just north of the city. The park has stunning views of the beach below, as well as several waterfalls that plunge into the ocean below. We enjoyed the views, and I hiked around for a bit before we left to find an afternoon meal.

Norma's Seafood

We stopped for food in Seaside, OR, at a place called Norma’s Seafood. Mom got a mix of scallops, halibut, and prawns; Dad and I split a crab sandwich with Tillamook cheddar and a seafood platter with prawns, halibut, salmon, squid, oysters, and razor clams. I got a cup of chowder (the best thing I ate today), and Mom and Dad each got a side salad (which came with shrimp on top). Dad’s salad came with a huckleberry vinegarette, which was very unique and tasty.

Ice Cream Hunting

After dinner, we decided we would visit Safeway, a local grocery store, to find a small carton of Tillamook Mudslide to split. It was the only flavor that was sold out, so we decided we didn’t need dessert after all.

Disappointed Dad
Disappointed Dad

Pacific Sunset

It’s been on our bucket lists for a long time to watch the sun set over the Pacific, so we set out to accomplish that goal. We drove past Cannon Beach back to the Neah-Kah-Nie viewpoint in the mountains, and had an incredible vantage point to see the sunset.

Arcadia Beach

After the sun had fully dipped below the horizon, we drove down to Arcadia Beach to enjoy the afterglow.

Conclusion // Day 8 preview

On the way home, we stopped at a Safeway back in Vancouver and managed to find the chocolate ice cream we’d been searching and longing for, to Dad’s great delight. We took it back our hotel and enjoyed a bit of it before heading to bed for the night.

Tomorrow, we head for the Mt. Hood area, and explore the Columbia River Gorge. Supposedly, there are many waterfalls to behold. Tomorrow night we take the red eye back to Charlotte, so I likely won’t get tomorrow’s blog post up until later.

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