And because the autumn seems to be late here, we had another nice drive to the Pacific Ocean and ended up in Tillemook, after winding roads through yellow-green-red colored hills. We didn’t even know there is a cheese factory in Tillemook, and apparently a famous one. That’s the first thing we visited and had a great cheese tasting session, accompanied by a generous cup of ice-cream. And we also caught a bit of sunset on the ocean shore.
Unfortunately, the usual rescue-sleeping place (Walmart) was not as friendly as anywhere else in the USA. No overnite parking on the coast. A police officer evacuated us from the parking place, but we soon found a nice place to sleep. We’ve done an amazing tour of the three nicest capes on the coast: Cape Meares, Lookout Cape and Cape Kiwana. It was another nice day with a great sunset on the big dune of Cape Kiwana and a fun run down the slope.
We’ve been driving towards Kyle’s parents, the Kristoffersens, and spent a few wonderful time with them. We spent the first day visiting the Wildlife safari in Winston, OR and working a bit on the car. The next day, they took us for a drive to Crater Lake, the lake with the most clear water in the word, and it seems that it was the last sunny day before the snow caused the park to close down. We were sooo lucky. On the way back we saw the Diamond lake, Mt Thielsen whose top has been melt by the lightnings, and hiked the short trail to the Toketee falls, a very cool waterfall with some upper boiling pots of clear waters. I was impressed by the huge wooden water pipe coming to a generator and firing jets of water from all the joints and around all the spikes stuck in it to fix it. Quite interesting and it’s been running for decades.
We had a wonderful time in Oregon so far thanks to Kyle’s parents, but the autumn is here almost over and there’s not much good weather left. We’re heading South tomorrow to the hopefully sunny California (with new sway bar end links and brake pads installed, and a fixed gas tank).