After spending much of our time in remote areas, the booming town of Tillamook takes us by surprise. We drive north along the so-called 3 Capes Scenic Drive, which goes from Cape Kiwanda (where Pacific City is), through Cape Lookout, to Cape Meares.
There is a lighthouse at Cape Meares, but we miss it. I misread a
sign and hang a right at Netarts
instead of continuing along the coast. Soon after, we find ourselves
in Tillamook, which is famous for its cheese and... well, just its
The factory is in the
middle of town. You can't miss it, because that's where everyone is,
eating cheese and ice cream.
We enjoy samples of cheese, some of which are good. We buy a block
of garlic chili pepper cheddar to go with our Pelican beer tonight.
We also eat ice cream for lunch–a combination of black cherry,
white chocolate/raspberry, and caramel crunch that is smooth, creamy,
The moment we finish, we bolt for the exit and return to our car.
There are a lot of people in this place, and they really like cheese.
It's a little weird.