This five week Northwest Trip is whizzing by . . .
We’re in Portland having just spent a wonderful week with our family on the Oregon Coast. And what a coast — some of the most beautiful coastal scenery I have ever seen. The beaches are wide, with soft sand that feels like powder. The water is cold, but the sound of the waves is mesmerizing as usual.
Mr. Not So Curious Mellow organized some excursions to the Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Newport, a fabulous winery — Sokol Blosser — gorgeous building and gardens and truly fabulous Pinot Noirs. And I’m not usually a fan of Pinot’s so that’s saying something. Even the little grandchildren loved the setting and got to do a lot of running around while the bigger grandchildren “supervised”.
The Tillamook Cheese Factory was also an adventure. Big crowds buying lunch, cheese, ice cream, souvenirs — think the Disneyland of cheese. Food was quite delicious actually. If anyone should know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, this is the place. And they do. A fascinating study in customer service. Things move quickly, everyone is polite and gracious, and food is good. No wonder it is such a destination.
We also went to a lovely beach in a nearby town famous for its tide pools and looked at lots of mussels and barnacles and some crabs.
And speaking of crabs. My goal was to eat some Dungeness crab and we had a great dinner — I had the crab cocktail filled with fresh chunks of Dungeness crab — in a lovely restaurant in a very small town, Gleneden Beach.
Much good food and great times. We love Oregon!