Bright and early last Saturday morning we picked up my dear little mother and headed for the North Oregon Coast, over an hour from home. The day couldn’t have been better. Gorgeous weather was a gift for the day and temperatures cooler than what we left behind at home were a real treat!
We stopped along the way at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Tillamook and at the Tillamook Cheese Factory before having lunch in the little coastal town of Garibaldi. Across the street from the restaurant we saw a big building with a sign that called us to check it out – Pirates Plunder Gallery and Antiques.
We found a few treasures inside. My sweetheart wasn’t sure why the pirates had plundered some of the things he saw! As we drove out of town I loved the view of this long pier and the little fish house at the end. And the bank of clouds beyond. We continued on through little neighborhoods and communities as we enjoyed our perfect day – it was the get-away day we all needed. Along the way we came to the conference center where we've had our church Ladies’ Retreat for several years. We took a brief detour through the center to show my sweetheart and my dear mother this special place and then we stopped nearby to enjoy the beach and Twin Rocks.
A few miles down the road we came to Wheeler – one of our much anticipated, planned stops. My dear mother and I had such fun inside the antique mall while my sweetheart checked out the Wildlife Viewing Area just across the highway. We all have our priorities, you know!
I loved the window boxes filled with Nasturtiums. We ‘shopped till we dropped’ and then continued on, driving north up the Oregon Coast. A few miles ahead we came to the most breathtaking viewpoint. I want to build a wonderful, big house right there! It seemed we could see forever. You know -‘On a clear day you can see forever!’ The gorgeous Oregon Coast stretched out for miles and miles below us. We drove through Cannon Beach and stopped to enjoy the view of Haystack Rock. In the distance we could see Tillamook Rock Lighthouse - a tiny, historic lighthouse. When our children were young we lived close by and there were many memories to share as we spent time here again. We wished we could stay a bit longer! After stopping in nearby Seaside for a nice dinner together, we turned eastward and headed home. We have plans to return again one of these days. It will be nice – but this wonderful day we spent together down by the sea will always be a special memory.
By the sea, by the sea,
By the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me,
Oh how happy we'll be!
Song: ‘On A Clear Day’
Words and music by
Song: ‘By The Sea’
From the musical ‘For Me and My Gal’
Written by Harold Atteridge and Harry Carroll