Camping with Leo: Day 5
Newport, Oregon: Our original plan was to leave
Newport this morning and drive the Magna Peregrinus north to Astoria,
stopping at the Tillamook Cheese Factory mid-way. The weather did not cooperate
with our plans. It rained here overnight and we woke to a soggy campsite. Steady
rain was predicted for Astoria. We were able to re-up for one more night here
in Newport, so simply drove up to Tillamook in the Jeep... which enabled us to
make a few stops that would have been nearly impossible in a 45-foot motorhome.
I also must put in a plug for RV travel at this point. Having our own house on
wheels allows us to jiggle plans. If all else fails, we are self-contained. We
can go with the flow, the weather, and the entertainment needs of a five year
We put water, snacks and Leo in the Jeep and pointed it north. Our first stop
was to the
Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City for lunch. There was quite a wait.
Where do all these people come from on a drizzly foggy Sunday on the Oregon
coast? We walked down to the beach while waiting for our table (via a text
message!). Leo found an old tree washed-up on the beach and decided to conquer
the root system. No matter there was a family having a picnic on the other side
of the root.
No quest is too daunting to Leo.
No bowl of pasta is too daunting to Leo. He finished this bowl
of noodles in about two minutes. Shoveling. Leo was shoveling.
Leo's Bubbe is in serious need of a fish & chip intervention.
Alaskan cod this time. Does it seem any bit healthier that I don't eat the
chips? Yeah. Didn't think so.
Next stop was to one of my favorite (if not my very favorite) Oregon food vendor
- Jacobsen Sea Salt.
Along Netarts Bay, just south of Tillamook, they now have a very small (I mean,
like, it is a shed) visitor center-slash-shop where you can shop the goods and
see how the salt is evaporated in bubbling vats. Jacobsen has salt, flavored
salts, salt rubs, salted caramels and a few other things in the shop.
We visited the shop, Leo sampled their sea salt caramels and I bought a few
tins of their Oregon tuna, canned with Jacobsen Sea Salt! So exciting.
This is where the magic happens, people! If you do not know, Jacobsen Sea
Salt now produces a 2-pound box of Kosher salt. It is miles ahead of my
previous favorite, Crystal Kosher Salt, and is now the only salt I keep in
my salt cellar and I use only Jacobsen Sea Salt as a finishing or table
All Oregon. All The Time.
Our final stop of the day - before reversing our route back to
our motorhome in Newport - was the highlight of the day, The Tillamook Cheese
While I usually prefer to not get my food from a "factory", I will happily make
an exception if the factory is producing one of Oregon's most famous products:
Tillamook Cheese. Leo was so excited to visit the World Headquarters of
I probably should not have let Leo drive?
Would you let these guys milk your cow?
It was Sunday. No one was factoring cheese.
But they were selling Tillamook Ice Cream like it was their job
Moooooooove over - Leo is in town
Leo may have watched a few videos on his iPad on the reverse
route to Newport. The sun showed herself about 30 miles north of Newport and
it was warm enough for another swim in the outdoor pool before dinner.
I baked a cheese pizza and served it with Israeli Salad. Leo and I read
three more chapters of the Box Car Children (nearly finished!) and
Leo was finished for the day. He announces to us when he is ready for bed.
We are leaving in the morning. Not 100% sure where we are going. We will
check the weather report, and there is a large chance we will just go home.
Until my next update, I remain, your cheesy correspondent.
Shores RV Resort. This place has it all. Indoor and outdoor pools, club
house, full hookups. Class-A motorhomes only. All sites are privately owned and
rented through the resort or privately. Ocean view sites are available. North of
Newport. We paid $90.
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