We had hearty pancake breakfasts cooked on our deluxe camping / canning stove. My brother went to culinary arts school, and cooks professionally, so we let him take over the pancakes. He made these great kielbasa sausages one night wrapped in red peppers and dough and baked in foil over the campfire. I learned a lot about camp cooking from him on this trip. I loved our camp kitchen view off the covered porch of the mossy woods with all the gnarled roots and nurse logs. The kids had a great time climbing up the natural staircases of roots to the top of logs and hiding under tree caves while we prepared hearty camping meals.
My daughter and her soon-to-be aunt created an intricate village of sand huts with gardens, roads and walls. This was a great activity, since the kids are studying house and shelter construction in their class at the Waldorf School. If only we could have taken this home with us to turn in for her report!
I think the kids really enjoyed hanging out with their uncle too. We did a lot of walking and talking along the beach, and catching up on life.
At the Tillamook Cheese Factory we enjoyed the self-guided tour through an observation deck above the cheese extravaganza that goes on there. 40 pound blocks of cheese come in on conveyor belts where they are cut down to size, packaged and inspected for quality along the way. You can watch the whole process from above. Then we sampled a variety of cheese cubes on toothpicks, and had ice cream and sorbet cones to round out the experience.
The weather mostly cooperated with clear, sunny days and nighttime rainstorms, but we were caught in a downpour on our last morning's hike, and all huddled under a thick stand of shore pines where my daughter snapped this family photo. What a bunch of adventurers! I have so many fond memories of camping with my brother growing up, and I look forward to building some of those camping memories for the next generation.
You can find out more about Cape Lookout State Park on their website here: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_186.php.
There's a lot of good information on the local hiking trails and updates on those snazzy new cabins I mentioned. You can also make reservations online for the yurts and cabins, although I suggest planning ahead on that as the proximity to Portland makes this a popular destination during warmer months. I make our winter reservations in December. I also hear it's a good location for whale watching and beachcombing for glass floats.
You can also check out the Tillamook Cheese Factory's website for information and hours here:
And the Blue Heron French Cheese Company here: