A forest trail adventure to dinner at Tillamook Cheese Factory, May 4th, 2019

It was decided we will make a Cheesy Mud Run in the Tillamook State Forest to the Tillamook Cheese Factory located on the Oregon Coast for dinner and ice cream. It was a nice day, sunny warm but alas not much mud. We did find one mud hole in an old quarry the guys had to go through to get the rigs dirty.

Starting early we left Vancouver for the drive to the trail head at a staging area named Rodgers Camp. Gathering there most of us hit the last outhouse we would see until dinner and the headed out along the trail. This was to be an easy drive as this was my youngest grandsons first off-road excursion at 9 months.

Not much to write about but hope you enjoy the following photos and videos.

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We stopped for lunch on top a nice knoll. The kids played while we got sandwiches ready and had a nice leisurely lunch as the kids ate, ran and played.

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After lunch clean up we headed east to the coast and dinner.

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Sorry no photos at the Cheese Factory or the food, it was late in the day and we were all so hungry we ordered and sat down and just chowed it down. I must say the burger was delicious and the pizza my 4yo grandson had looked great. The ice cream was as good as always. It is so nice that this farmers Co-Op has fresh food and cheese and ice cream made right on premisis from local cows. If you get a chance stop by tour the facility, shop for some of the best cheese and have some great food.

San Diego Zoo visit

It has been many years since I last visited the  San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park.  This zoo of approximately 3,700 animals of roughly 650 species and subspecies is situated on 100 acres (40ha) and is one of the most well-regarded zoos in the USA. it was a product of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition using the wild animal enclosures that were abandoned when the exposition ended. Its permanent location was agreed upon in 1921 on land and with animals owned by the City of San Diego and managed by a conservatory. The zoo is a pioneer of cage-less exhibits that protect the animals and visitors by a moat system.

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Taste of Huntington Beach

I live on a very nice street here in Huntington Beach, the neighbors are all very friendly and have been supportive of my situation the last month. They have check in on me, came over just to talk, and brought me so much tasty food I found it hard the eat it all, but I did manage to finish it all in the end.

Well last Saturday the grandmother of our street, I call her that as she is a lovely woman always concerned about everyone’s welfare (very thoughtful), who does a lot of volunteering at the local library came over and offered me a ticket to the Taste of Huntington Beach, so I would get out of the house and do something different. This has been a yearly event since 2002 that donates the proceeds to The Friends of the Children’s Library with the Huntington Beach Restaurant Association volunteering their time, food and drinks to raise over $475,000 for the Huntington Beach Children’s Library!

My afternoon featured exploring the tents to sample delectable tastes from local restaurants and catering companies, being provided unlimited sips from wineries and breweries (although I do not drink myself), along with live entertainment for your listening and dancing enjoyment which made for a perfect afternoon of food and fun, entertainment. You where able to continually “graze” the afternoon away while enjoying live entertainment on the grass seating in front of the band stage.

I had so much fun walking around sampling all the food and deserts I was stuffed when I left for home, luckily only a short 10-minute drive away.

Here are a few photos of the event:

Well this post has been sitting for a few weeks as I just returned from my visit for one of my grandson’s first birthday party in Washington State. Trip report coming soon.