My Aunt lived in Portland, Oregon so this is where we started our journey. Our first stop was the Tillamook Forest Center. It scored very high on my list with not one but TWO of my all time favorite things: FREE and TREES! The grounds are great for a walk through nature and the Education Center has great displays and volunteers eager to share their knowledge and history of the forest.
You can learn all about the factory including their hours, the cafe menu, ice cream flavors, online gift store items and more on their website: Tillamook Cheese Factory.
Time to move on! We were going to take the Three Capes Scenic Route to Cape Lookout State Park where we would be spending the night. Whenever I am traveling, if there is an option for a scenic route, I take it. This stretch is touted as one of the most scenic drives in Oregon and it did NOT disappoint! Even though the weather was not perfect (we had a dark, cold sky and rain at Cape Meares), we had enough blue sky and gorgeous scenery to take our breath away. Here is a sample of what we enjoyed:
Cape Lookout State Park was beautiful and had lots of great tent sites and cabins you could rent as well. I could easily see a couple, family or girlfriend getaway enjoying themselves for a few days. The area all around the park is great for scenic driving and exploring too. You can see all the details on rental units, tent sites, and fees for ALL the Oregon State Parks on their website below:
Combining three of my favorite things into one fabulous field trip and experiencing it with my wonderful FUNtastic Aunt = Priceless! The memories we made on that first adventure together sparked a desire to share more. I ended up flying to Portland later in the fall and driving her and I to San Antonio where she now lives! I turned a move across the country into a 10 day "Autumn Adventure with Auntie" and will share that in my next post. If you enjoyed this trip along Oregon's beautiful coast, you won't want to miss the next one!
I received no compensation or sponsorship from any of the companies listed. All food and lodging was paid for by us. I didn't become a travel blogger/photographer until several months later. Opinions are ALWAYS my own.