Mr. Squash and I are in Cannon Beach Oregon. We have a great room with a fireplace and nothing but the Pacific Ocean outside our window.
This was the view from our window when we arrived yesterday afternoon. Haystack Rock is a big attraction around these parts. We knew there was going to be a huge storm but we were not prepared for just HOW huge! There were times last night when we thought our room would go into orbit! We've had the wind blow from some mighty storms at the Squash House, but it is entirely different when you're on the ocean with nothing to break the wind at all. We woke to much less wind this morning, but the rain was still coming down in sheets!
We didn't let a "little" rain get us down and set out to explore the area after breakfast. This was our first stop - Center Diamond Quilt Shop here in town. This shop does not disappoint. I remembered it well from a visit here about 12 years ago. The owner has just about everything you could want, including some goodies I'd not seen before! See those buttons at the cutting counter? I lightened their stock just a bit (wink).
There was something around every corner! I even did a little Christmas and birthday shopping! That's Mr. Squash in the distance admiring a quilt on the wall.
Back in this corner were some Sashiko threads and books and all kinds of wonderful Japanese sewing things. Sashiko is something I want to do but I'll wait until I have a few other "must do" projects out of the way.
The owner was doing inventory while we were there, but she kindly stopped counting to chat! We even learned that she visits our neck of the woods every year.
After walking around Cannon Beach we decided to drive down to Tillamook and go through the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. We had lunch in their cafe (grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup - total comfort food), then toured around. Today they were packing the large bricks of cheddar cheese. There looked to be at least four and maybe six stations around the room where they cut the large bricks, loaded the pieces onto conveyor belts, ran them through the packaging area then sent them farther to the back of the room where I'm sure they were boxed and ready to ship.
On the way back down the stairs, what did I see but a quilt made to mark their Centennial! I wasn't able to edit any of these photos but I'm sure you can click on the photo to enlarge it.
Check out the cute farmer here. Mr. Squash was actually an Ag major in college and had to take 3 credits in dairy. Must not have been enough, though, as his poor milk cow seems to have no face!
This was their "Little Loaf" cheese bus! Check out the license plate!
Tomorrow we head to Portland. We keep hearing that the snow levels are going to drop. I have a feeling we'll be driving over the coastal range in a snowstorm - stay tuned!
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