Three Food Groups of the Coast

18 Jun

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  -Thornton Wilder

In an indirect way, I decided that yesterday all revolved around three common “food” groups common in the Tillamook, Ore. area.

The first group: cheese.

To begin this discovery, we toured famous Tillamook Cheese factory – the second biggest tourist attraction in Oregon, I have been told (the first is Multnomah Falls in the gorge). I found out from one of the employees that during the summer season, the factory can get anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 visitors per day. These are some serious cheese-making fiends in such a tiny town!

Robin and Angeline had been before, but were gracious enough to come back for me to take the tour. To show my gratitude, they were subjected to being the subjects of many of my pictures!

If you go upstairs, you can watch where the workers cut and package the cheese – quite an interesting process.  The lights had a funny yellow tint, so my pictures all turned out a little strange. However,  I did want to show what the rooms looked like, as well as the cute sayings the workers had on the backs of their shirts. I’m sure they felt like goldfish as tourists with sticky ice-cream fingers (who knew so much ice cream was sold in a cheese factory!) pressed against the glass to watch them do wonders. It was interesting though, and we watched them for a while as well.

Then came the cheese sampling bar – how fun! They specialize in cheddar, but it was interesting the variety in flavor that each of the featured cheeses had.

After drifting through the gift store – Robin and Angeline bought me a souvenir Tillamook cow and a bag of caramel corn (they’re so sweet!) – we headed to Cape Lookout, where we discovered the next food group of the Oregon coast: mud.

I’ve previously mentioned the large amount of rain that the state receives. The coast is no exception. Amazingly, from the time I arrived on Friday to late Saturday evening, the skies were clear and the days were nice. But in the mountains, the trees do a fantastic job of shadowing the ground and keeping the temperature cool. While this fact was an asset in some ways as we were hiking, it also proved to be a hindrance in the form of what Robin called “soup,” referring to the sloshy mud pits sprinkled all along the 2.6-mile trek to the end of the trail.

After hiking back to the van, we headed back to the house to prepare for the final food group of the coast: fish. Some of Robin and Angeline’s friends came over for the fry (they are the ones to have provided the fish, as they caught it just off the coast), and we enjoyed the meal over a discussion mixed between slurping oysters and trekking through the Old Testament. All bets are off for conversation topics when a group of Christians mingle over a delicious meal!

Until next time,

LoveByrd

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