Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Smith's and Stoke's join us. The big Tillamook day!

Saturday was a really fun day

Lyndy's research lead us to start our day
 at the Cape Meares Lighthouse.
There are several interesting things about this area.
Not that far from Rockaway, a good adventure!
We made a short walk to the The Octopus Tree 
it is a Sitka Spruce shaped like an upside down Octopus.
It is a mystery how it became shaped like this. 
nature or native populations?

The birds on the cliffs are amazing, even some puffins nest here
bring your binoculars

You can tour the light house and on your way in or out 
there is an amazing hike to a very large tree!

Everyone out of the cars and into off to the light house
Once again a really beautiful 
mysterious coast line

We met in Tillamook
and found our way to the park via Internet
directions as you had to go a way to avoid a slide over the road. 

papa seems to be explaining something to Max

Mirishana and I waited with Ryker while the family toured the light house
I'm avoiding that many upward steps right now.
A lady walked by and said how glad she was to see
a well dress little kid!  

 Everyone waves as they tour the light house.
They only let a small group go through at a time.

Natalie has a new purse from Auntie Lauri  
It goes everywhere she goes.
  Cute purse Natalie
I'm always in the back I used to always be in the front taking photos
Still it's an interesting view of the hike

Sometimes the view from behind is sweet 

We are in awe of the octopus tree!

We weren't finished with finding the unusual trees 
so we got in our cars (tiny parking lot) and went
in search of..................

This was a fun little hike
it had possibilities!
It was an oddly marked trail you
could figure it into several directions
So the mystery was 
"Would we get there?"

The group seemed to love this spirit of the unknown
it shows up again in our other mystery hike on Tues.
Everyone smiles and there is wonderment in every one's eyes.
My kids once loved hiking I think the grand kids are catching the spirit of Hiking

This is the tree it is in a full forest

 Now that is a BIG TREE!

Some great fungus growing way up high

Forest peek a boo
This was a very large tree the photos don't do it justice!
Right here is where the road closure is so off we go back the way we came and onto Tillamook for lunch, a tour and ice-cream!

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