Tillamook and the Cheese Factory

We made the drive from Lacey to Tillamook after dark. Sometimes longer drives are easier when it’s getting late and Shelby can sleep in her car seat. Though if you ask her, she’ll tell you she never sleeps. It was a pretty uneventful drive, which is all we can really ask for. There was one stretch of road in what seemed like the middle of nowhere and we saw about 30 elk hanging out on a hill by the side of the road. Four or five were on the shoulder. We came around a curve and there they were, and it startled us both. I spent the rest of the drive trying not to yell “CAREFUL!” every time I saw a bush that looked like an elk. My night vision’s not so great, so pretty much everything looked like it might be an elk. I’m so glad I wasn’t driving.

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We drove just past Tillamook to a rest stop where we slept in until after 10. We had a quick oatmeal breakfast, fed the puppy dog, then headed to the cheese factory.

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The Tillamook Cheese Factory has a free self-guided tour. We got to see where the cheese is made, and we got to watch giant cheese blocks get sealed and boxed, then go up the spiral escalator to the warehouse to age. On the other side, we watched the aged blocks get cut into baby loaf and smaller sizes, then get packaged. It was pretty cool.

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We sampled cheese curds (aka squeaky cheese) which was kind of neat because we read about them in the Little House on the Prairie books, and we got to sample several other cheeses. We checked out the gift shop and Shelby got to drive the loaf love bus.

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We had a really good time at the cheese factory. The best thing about this stop was the free tour. We spent $1.50 at the gift shop. We’ll find more things to do on our journey that fit in our shoestring budget.

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I’m not sure when we’ll head to the next stop or even where we’re stopping next. We’ve got a bit of planning to do. We’re a bit limited as far as the gas fund goes, but we’re well stocked with plenty of food and water and we’ve got all the time in the world.

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And here’s a video update, too.

Until next time, love and light!

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