Pine State Biscuits
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.
We attempted to drive to a nearby lighthouse, but the road was closed.
Oregon Coast Highway
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the sun had fully dipped below the horizon, we drove down to Arcadia Beach to enjoy the afterglow.
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.
Day 8 Preview
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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