Liz’s Beach Trip – Finally

We all cheered as we made it past the point we had to turn around last week. We were in for a fabulously fun day. Elizabeth got to rule the day and the first stop on the list was Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Tillamook Cheese Factory

It was neat because usually not much is happening at the factory on a Saturday, but this time it was really busy, and the kids were fascinated watching all that was going on. Elizabeth was especially interested. And of course once we were done in the viewing area there were delicious cheese sample for everyone to be had. And a package of Squeaky Cheese (cheese curds – we call them squeaky cheese because they squeak against your teeth as you eat them) for everyone to share.

Liz at Tillamook Cheese Factory

Of course you can’t pass up the Tillamook icecream either. A round of junior cones for a dollar and a quarter were definitely a highlight of the day.


James even enjoyed himself

Happy Baby

After the cheese factory every one was STARVING – or so they told us, so we drove out to Cape Mears and stopped at our favorite lighthouse/octopus tree spot for a very windy and chilly picnic. Alvin decided to picnic with us, which had everyone very excited. At one point Jacob couldn’t contain it any longer and yelled, “I love you chipmunk!” hee hee




Then Dad and the kids walked up to the Octopus tree while I fed baby. Paul had the kids running races around the tree to get out energy when Jacob saw a couple taking a picture at the front of the tree. He quickly ran up and stood by the girl, posing for the camera. The man laughed, “Say cheese then!” Which he did, and promptly ran off again after the photo was done.

Octopus tree 2

Octopus Tree

We opted out of seeing the lighthouse this time as everyone was excited to get to the beach. A short drive later and we were running down to a very windy playtime on the beach. Which was great for flying a kite – though it was hard to keep it up in the air as the currents were rather wild up there.
We also tried soccer, but the wind kept catching the ball and it would roll, and roll, and roll, and roll, and roll…. We gave up after chasing it for ages a few different times.

Go Fly a Kite

Emmy Beach

Dorothy Digging

Windy Elizabeth

After the beach our tired clan headed home for hot baths and warm beds. It might have been windy and rather cold, but at least it didn’t rain! 🙂


Filed under Dot, Em, Family, Jacob, James, Lizy, Nature

5 responses to “Liz’s Beach Trip – Finally

  1. Looks like a fun trip! I loove cheese.

  2. Philosophical Karen

    I know a lot of people who call cheese curds “squeaky cheese”. Have you had poutine (french fries loaded with gravy and cheese curds). Mmmm, Canadian cuisine. 😉

  3. FUN! What great pictures and it looks like you had such a fun day. xoxo

  4. What a great trip!

    I must echo Karen, I thought immediately of poutine as well! mmmmmm (insert Homer-Simpson-like drool here) mmmmm. Not goot for your arteries, but ohsogood!

  5. tricia

    Squeaky Cheese! Have you ever tried 100% All Natural Premium Cheddar Cheese Curds from the proclaimed “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin”? You can even order their squeaky cheese online at They use rBST free milk and have traveling sizes! YUM! Look at their recipes/parings page!

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